Canton natives, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The O’Jays will be performing at the State Theater on Saturday, January 28th.
The group formed in 1958 while attending Canton McKinley High School. Having changed the name of their group a few times they finally decided to call themselves The O’Jays after famed Cleveland DJ, Eddie O’Jay in 1963.
That same year, the group had their first national chart hit “The Lonely Drifter” that peaked at #93 on the Billboard’s Top 100. After about 10 years of touring and only having moderate success, the group almost decided to call it quits. Two original members did quit, however Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and William Powell decided to soldier on as a trio.
In 1972 the band started to put a string of hits together including “Backstabber,” “Love Train,” “I Love Music” and my personal favorite “For The Love Of Money.”
Fans can expect to hear those songs as well as a slew of other top hits from members of the Rock Hall Class of 2005. Opening the show for a great double-bill will be Grammy Award winner Stephanie Mills.
Tickets are available at www.playhousesquare.org or the State Theater Box Office.