The O'Jays

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The O’Jays are the pinnacle of Seventies soul music.

They were instrumental in popularizing Philly soul and the work of songwriting team Gamble and Huff. Their velvety, lush, yet funk-tinged sound establishes them as some of soul music’s finest.



Hall of Fame Essay


Jerry Blavat

When thinking of the O’Jays - the whiz kids of Ohio whom we honor tonight - one usually pictures the group in the 1970s.

After all, beginning in 1972, the O’Jays had gold and platinum records every year of the decade, including the hits “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” and “I Love Music (Part 1),” as well as three Grammy nominations for Best R&B Vocal.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2005
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