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 Post subject: The O'Jays!!
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:32 am 
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Pete !

Don't forget - "I Love Music" and "Love Train"... WOW !!!
Sadly I don't know more about these Philly guys, but I'm sure our people in here does !!!

Disco-on !

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 Post subject: That is for sure
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 Post subject: Remember them!
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How can anyone forget the O'JAYS? "Put Your Hands Together" was another one that I loved. They were also backed by those great Philly musicians. This is Jay's thing. He is missing out. So are we!

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The O'Jays probaly had an impact on everybody that is involved on this site..the fact is that there music was just that good..more so in the Gambel & Huff days which led to them becoming international stars with that sweet Philly Soul sound! Here is a great mini bio from Soultracks.com that can define there impact on the music scene past and present.

By any measurement, the O'Jays must be considered one of the most important Soul Music groups of the past 35 years. Originally a regionally popular act in Cleveland (and in fact named after local deejay Eddie O'Jay), the group was together for a decade before getting a major break teaming with young songwriter/producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Their first album on Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records, Backstabbers, was a masterpiece, highlighted by McFadden & Whitehead's composition "Backstabbers." The haunting song with the great intro (later sampled by Angie Stone on "I Wish I Didn't Miss You") became a monster hit, and was followed by the even bigger "Love Train." The Backstabbers album was a smash, and began a string of critically acclaimed and commercially popular albums.


During the period of Philadelphia International's 70s dominance of the airwaves, it was clear that the O'Jays were the foundation of the house. The contrast of the gruff, electrifying voice of Eddie Levert and the mellifluous tones of Walter Williams gave the group the ability to masterfully handle the funkiest cuts Gamble & Huff could throw at them and yet also handle ballads beautifully. They generally received the best songs and the most creative Gamble & Huff arrangements, with far more hits than misses. Songs like "For The Love of Money," "Livin' For the Weekend," and the classic "Use Ta Be My Girl" all appeared to be a year or two ahead of what everyone else was doing, and made each new O'Jays release an event. And, as the vehicle for G&H's social statements, the group released some of the most intelligent, relevant album cuts of the decade. Their mid-70s albums, especially Ship Ahoy, are worth seeking out.

As the 70s ended, the Gamble & Huff sound became more familiar -- even formulaic -- but the O'Jays' albums continued to include fine material and always wonderful vocal performances. Generally forgotten early 80s releases such as When Will I See You Again and Love and More featured some of the group's best ballads, but found a more limited audience acceptance. With their crossover days were behind them, the O'Jays began focusing on writing more of their own material and continued to adjust to changes in the sound of popular black music, ultimately leaving the Gamble & Huff fold. They continued to score sporadic hits, such as the rap-introed "Have You Had Your Love Today" and the gospel-like cover of Bob Dylan's "Emotionally Yours." During that period Eddie Levert also made a terrific album with son Gerald, who was then a rising solo star and leader of the popular group Levert.

The O'Jays have continued to record, releasing For the Love..., a surprisingly strong 2001 disc that featured the hit "Let's Ride." In 2004 they signed a multi-disc recording contract with Matthew Knowles' (Beyonce's father) Sanctuary Urban Records and issued Imagination. Gamble and Huff also unearthed some old O'Jays recordings from the 70s and released them, against the group's wishes, in early 2004 under the title Together We Are One.

Tragedy struck the Levert family with the deaths of Eddie's sons Gerald and Sean in 2007 and 2008, as O'Jays fans around the world mourned with him.

In 2008, the O'Jays celebrated their 50th anniversary together. With Levert living in Las Vegas and Williams in Cleveland, the group's founders continue working both together and separately. Williams is currently recording a solo album of classic R&B songs, scheduled for release in late 2008 or early 2009.

Now lets have a look at there singles disography

The Early Years;

1963 "Lonely Drifter"
1965 "Let It All Out"
1965 "Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)"
1965 "I've Cried My Last Tear"
1966 "Stand In for Love"
1967 "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)
1968 "Look Over Your Shoulder"
1968 "The Choice"

The Philly Years;

1969 "Branded Bad"
1969 "One Night Affair"
1970 "Deeper (In Love With You)"
1972 "Back Stabbers"
1972 "992 Arguments"
1973 "Love Train"
1973 "Time to Get Down"
1973 "Put Your Hands Together"
1974 "For the Love of Money"
1974 "Sunshine (Pt. 2)"
1975 "Give the People What They Want"
1975 "Let Me Make Love to You"
1975 "I Love Music"
1976 "Livin' for the Weekend"
1976 "Family Reunion"
1976 "Message in Our Music"
1977 "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet Tender Love)"
1977 "Work on me"
1978 "Use ta Be My Girl"
1978 "Brandy"
1979 "Forever Mine"
1979 "Sing a Happy Song"
1979 "I Want You Here With Me"
1980 "Girl, Don't Let It Get You Down"
1980 "Once Is Not Enough"
1982 "Your Body's Here With Me (But Your Mind's on the Other Side of Town)"
1983 "Put Our Heads Together"
1984 "Extraordinary Girl"

The Latter Years;

1985 "Just Another Lonely Night" –
1985 "What a Woman" –
1987 "Don't Take Your Love Away"
1987 "Let Me Touch You"
1987 "Lovin' You"
1989 "Have You Had Your Love Today"
1989 "Serious Hold On Me"
1991 "Don't Let Me Down"
1991 "Emotionally Yours"
1991 "Keep On Loving Me"
1993 "Heartbreaker"
1993 "Somebody Else Will"
1997 "What's Stopping You"
1997 "Baby You Know"
2001 "Let's Ride"
2004 "Make Up"

Now thats what i call a discography and also lets not forget that the guys have released thirty+ albums over the years as well.

THE O'JAYS - now this is why "I LOVE MUSIC"......

PETE'S NOTE: But you left out my personal favorite! "NOW THAT WE FOUND LOVE"

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Sorry Pete!..

I give to you ....The O'Jays.."Now That We Found Love" (1973)

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEuYPO1B9G4

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 Post subject: That Is better
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Gotta tell you Pete that The O'jays are in my top 5 groups of all time! They are of LEGENDARY STATUS to me!

And here is the album that started it all for me,

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 Post subject: O'Jays
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:20 am 
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Thanks Soul-Boy---Great Bio!!!!!
You guys know I love them!!!

Personal fav---played this EVERY night at the club for close to 2 YEARS:

"TIME TO GET DOWN"-----short (used 2 copies) but so powerful!!!
Great Hustle song!!!

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 Post subject: See, I added something you would like...
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 Post subject: Great
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One word!!-- GREAT!

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I Know i might be repeating myself a little but THE O'JAYS album BACKSTABBERS is such a great album and of course my favourite. Released in 1972 this iconic album sold over 500,000 copies in its first year of release and went on to GOLD status in record sales. The album spawned the two killer singles BACKSTABBERS & LOVE TRAIN which spearheaded the PHILLY sound to everybody's attention..

Just look at all the amazing artists in there own right who contributed to this album......

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Side one

"When the World's at Peace" (Gamble, Hurtt, Sigler)
"Back Stabbers" (Huff, McFadden, Whitehead)
"Who Am I " (Hurtt, Sigler)
"(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky"
"Time to Get Down"

Side two

"992 Arguments" (Gamble, Huff, McFadden)
"Listen to the Clock on the Wall" (Gamble, Huff, McFadden)
"Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People" (Gamble, Huff, McFadden)
"Sunshine" (Hurtt, Sigler)
"Love Train"

Musicians

The O'Jays - Vocals
Dennis Harris - Guitar
Bobby Eli - Guitar
Roland Chambers - Guitar
Bunny Sigler - Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer
Norman Harris - Arranger, Guitar
Ron Baker - Bass
Eddie LeVert - Vocals
William Powell - Vocals
Walter Williams - Vocals
Lenny Pakula - Keyboards
Leon Huff - Keyboards, Producer, Piano
Earl Young - Drums
Don Renaldo - Conductor, Horn, Strings
Thom Bell - Arranger, Strings, Producer
Larry Washington - Bongos, Percussion
Vincent Montana Jr - Percussion, Vibraphone

Additional personnel

Kenneth Gamble - Producer
Tony Martell - Executive Producer
Adam Block - Director
Joe Tarsia - Engineer
Leo Sacks - Reissue Producer
Tony Sellari - Art Direction
Bobby Martin - Arranger


Just one of the many reasons why "I LOVE MUSIC"

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 Post subject: Really,
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Pete,

Do you mean the SHIP AHOY album from 1973?

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Track Listings

1. Put Your Hands Together
2. Ship Ahoy
3. This Air I Breathe
4. You Got Your Hooks in Me
5. For the Love of Money
6. Now That We Found Love
7. Don't Call Me Brother
8. People Keep Tellin' Me
9. Put Your Hands Together [Live]

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 Post subject: Ship
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Pete you are talking about the "SHIP AHOY" lp which included: "PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER", "FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY" and your favorite, "NOW THAT WE FOUND LOVE".

And let's not forget the "FAMILY REUNION" lp, which has:
"I LOVE MUSIC", "LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND" & the title track "FAMILY REUNION"

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