The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Part of Museum’s Black History Month “Only the Strong Survive: The Sound of Philadelphia”


CLEVELAND (February 2, 2010) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has just added 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees the O’Jays to an already packed month of events in honor of Black History Month this year titled “Only the Strong Survive: The Sound of Philadelphia.” This year marks the Rock Hall’s 14th annual celebration of Black History Month.

Walter Williams, Sr. and Eddie Levert, Sr. of the O’Jays will be interviewed live for a Hall of Fame series on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.  This event is free with a reservation.  Please email edu@rockhall.org or call 216.515.8426 to RSVP.

The O’Jays: Eddie Levert, Sr., Walter Williams, Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant were at the forefront of Seventies soul music. Racking up a lengthy string of modern R&B classics, including “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” “For the Love of Money,” “I Love Music” and “Use Ta Be My Girl,” they helped put the “Philly Soul” sound (so named for Philadelphia-based producers, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) on the map. In fact, the O’Jays were the backbone of Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label, which released some of the greatest and most influential Seventies records.

During a fifteen-year run from “Back Stabbers” (1972) to “Lovin’ You” (1987), the O’Jays placed more than forty singles on the R&B chart, nine of which went to #1. The vast majority of the group’s hits were made with Gamble and Huff for their various labels - Neptune, Philadelphia International, TSOP - in a relationship dating back to 1969.

The O’Jays’ historic run with Gamble and Huff continued until 1988. Even after switching labels and producers, the trio kept having hits. The O’Jays scored their ninth R&B chart-topper, “Have You Had Your Love Today,” in 1989. Emotionally Yours (1991) yielded three R&B smashes, including their choir-filled arrangement of the Bob Dylan-penned title track. The group’s latest album of new material, Love You to Tears, appeared in 1997. The O’Jays received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1998, and they remain a popular performing entity.

To learn more about the O’Jays or for a complete Black History Month schedule of events visit http://www.rockhall.com

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK(7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.