BILLBOARD MAGAZINE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE O’Jays 50 YEARS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

by Kevin Ross - Posted: June 6, 2008 at 7:30 am, Category: URBAN

SPECIAL PBS TAPING OF O’JAYS PERFORMANCE AT ATLANTIC CITY’S BORGOTA HOTEL ONThe image JUNE 7, 2008

June 5, 2008 (Cleveland , OH) This year marks 50 years in the music industry for the Legendary Singing Group, The O’Jays. Walter Williams, Sr., Eddie Levert, Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant will be featured in the Stars section of the June 14, 2008 issue of Billboard Magazine to celebrate the groups’ 50 years in the music industry. Throughout their career, The O’Jays have contributed 25 Albums including 10 Gold Albums, 9 Platinum albums and 60 singles including 10 #1 hits. The O’Jays remarkable accomplishments and world class talents have captured the hearts of fans for 5 decades.

On the road several months during a year, The O’Jays still enjoy the accolades and rave reviews of fans and media. All generations love the O’Jays, which is why their “For The Love” album, (released in 2001), was a chart-topper, and in 2002, that album was nominated for a Grammy Award. In addition to their many nominations for the past 50 years, including the induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, theType rest of the post here O’Jays continue to receive many awards from various shows and organizations. The O’Jays in addition to their music endeavors hope to continue their acting careers. With many television appearances over the years, in September 2003, they appeared in their debut film “The Fighting Temptations” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Beyoncé Knowles. “For the Love Of Money” became the theme song to the hit reality TV show “The Apprentice”, starring Donald Trump, which they performed live at the taping of the show’s season finale. In 2006, the O’Jays performed at the ESPY awards, hosted by Lance Armstrong.

As part of their ongoing commitments, The O’Jays continue to participate in community activities, including sponsoring their own “O’Jays Weekend” in their hometown Canton, Ohio. The proceeds for this annual event assist in awarding scholarships to college bound students. On June 7, 2008, at Atlantic City’s Bogota Hotel Casino and Spa, The O’JAYS will headline “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” concert which will feature other groups from TSOP’s label including JERRY BUTLER, THE STYLISTICS, THE DELFONICS, HAROLD MELVIN’S BLUE NOTES, THE INTRUDERS, THE THREE DEGREES, THE SOUL SURVIVORS, JEAN CARNE and BUNNY SIGLER. This special performance will be aired on PBS in the near future.

Future projects include a book, movie and live CD/DVD while continuing to “Give The People What They Want”; The O’Jays performing live onstage!