During the time the Ojays were active, they recorded 10 gold albums, 9 platinum albums and 10 #1 hits. They were enshrined in the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Bill Isles co-founded the group
Known as a vocalist and songwriter, William “Bill” Carvan Isles II, passed away at the age of 78 on March 28th. He died at his home in Oceanside, California, surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Laural, seven children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He died of cancer.
Isles’ music career began at an early age in Canton, Ohio. He joined a singing group called The Triumphs in 1961. The group released their first single “Miracles” in 1961. Later, they changed their name to The O’Jays.
William “Bill” Carvan Isles was born in McAtenville, N.C., but lived in Los Angeles and Canton, Ohio during the early years of the group’s fame. He and his family moved to Southern California in the early 1980s. He was married to Laural for 52 years and has 7 children and seven grandchildren.
The O’Jays were an R&B group that charted on the R&B charts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. They were also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. They also received several Grammy nominations. They had several US R&B hits.
Although the group never reached pop success, they were a live draw. They also received multiple Grammy nominations for their album. They toured with the major touring circuits, performing in front of legends like Syndney Portier.
The O’Jays received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. They were also inducted into the Cleveland Hard Rock Hall of Fame in 2005.
The group released the album Imagination in 2004. It sold more than one million copies. It remains the Philadelphia International’s best seller to this day.
Eddie Levert was Walter’s mentor and teacher
Whether it’s performing as a solo artist or as one of the founding members of the legendary O’Jays, Eddie Levert has been an icon in the music industry for over fifty years. During his career, he has written many hit songs and has been credited with 10 gold records. He is also known for his raspy vocals and has been a member of the O’Jays for over three decades. Currently, he lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Raquel, and their daughter, Ryan.
When he was a kid, Eddie Levert sang in church choirs, participated in school plays, and sang regularly on gospel radio shows. His love for music eventually led him to a singing group with his childhood friend, Walter Williams. They formed The Triumphs, a local act, and later, traveled to Cincinnati to canvas King Records.
In the early ’70s, the O’Jays changed their lineup. They went on to record a string of number one hits, including “Lovin’ You,” “Baby Hold On To Me,” and “Let Me Touch You.” The O’Jays also were the first black R&B touring act to perform in front of an audience. The group has had its share of heartache, including the death of two of their sons, Gerald and Sean.
In addition to being one of the founding members of The O’Jays, Levert has also been credited with co-writing a few songs. One of his best known songs, “Baby Hold On To Me,” is considered a classic R&B song. Levert has also received a number of honors, including a Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BET Awards. He was also inducted into the Cleveland Hard Rock Hall of Fame in 2005.
They achieved 10 Gold albums, 9 Platinum albums and 10 #1 hits
During their six-decade-long career, The O’Jays have sold 10 Gold albums, 9 Platinum albums and 10 #1 hits. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
The O’Jays are a classic American R&B group. They formed in Canton, Ohio in 1958. They became one of the most popular groups in the 1970s. They toured arenas in the United States during that time. The group had hits such as “Use ta Be My Girl,” “For the Love of Money,” and “Love Train.” Their album Love Train was certified gold for selling over one million copies.
The O’Jays formed a soundtrack for several generations of music fans. They’ve been a staple in the soul music genre for more than 50 years. The O’Jays’ velvety, lush sound establishes them as one of the most popular and influential soul groups of all time. They also have the distinction of being one of the first black vocal groups to tour arenas in the United States.
The O’Jays were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by BET in 2009. The group has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the National Rhythm and Blues Hall Of Fame. In 2005, the O’Jays were also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
In addition to his work as a vocalist, Eddie Levert has written numerous hits, including “Use ta Be My Baby,” “I Got Your Back,” and “For the Love of Money.” In 2013, he received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. He has also authored several books. He is currently working on his next major project. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Raquel.
They were enshrined in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2005
Originally formed as a quintet, the O’Jays grew to become a three man group in the mid-70s. Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, and Walt Williams were the original members of the group. However, the group’s original member, Bobby Masey, quit before the Backstabbers album was released.
The O’Jays are credited with popularizing the Philly soul sound. They worked with songwriters such as Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble. They released 42 albums of classic R&B. Several of their hits made the Top Forty. The O’Jays also worked with Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins.
The O’Jays have been together in one form or another for more than 60 years. In 2005, the band was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, the group performed a medley of hits. They also received BET’s 2009 Life Time Achievement Award. In addition, they were the subject of a recent PBS special.
The O’Jays were one of the first groups to perform a crossover hit. Their song, “Back Stabbers,” was a huge hit in 1972. It was later covered by Nina Simone. The band’s other hit, “Love Train,” was another notable song from the early ’70s.
The O’Jays also contributed to the ‘Philly Ghetto’ project. The group worked with a group of Philadelphia musicians and producers. This project resulted in the hit single, “Let It All Out” and “Darling, Darling Baby (Sweet Tender Love).
The O’Jays are not the first group to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’Roll Hall of Fame. The band, which began in Canton, Ohio, is one of the most successful of the groups to come out of the Philly Soul scene. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and are now in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers.
They were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013
Known for hits such as “Love Train,” “I’ll Be Sweeter Tomorrow,” and “Back Stabbers,” The O’Jays were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013. The group was originally known as The Mascots, but changed their name to The O’Jays in 1963. They were the first black vocal group to perform in stadiums and arenas.
They are also known for a number of hit songs that are still played in films and on commercials. The O’Jays also earned a NAACP Image Award in 1992 for their contribution to the black music scene.
The group was formed in 1958. They are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, and into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. They have six platinum albums and have sold over half a billion records.
They were the first group to be inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame. They also received a lifetime achievement award from BET in 2009. They are a popular live draw, with their music appearing in a 2003 movie The Temptations. They have also been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They have also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
O’Jays’ most well-known albums include Love Train, Family Reunion, Comin’ Through, Imagination, and The Last Word. Their sixth album, released in August 1972, was a landmark in the early 1970s soul music. It peaked at number three on the Black Albums chart and went gold. The album also became the group’s first album to hit the top of the R&B chart, with “Back Stabbers” becoming a #1 hit.