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Published on December 8th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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The O’Jays’ Eddie Levert On “The Last Word,” Future Plans, The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame & More

The iconic and legendary R&B group known as The O’Jays formed as teenagers in the late 1950s. Over 60 years later, The O’Jays continue to play big stages all over the world. And when you see The O’Jays live, you know to expect lots of hits, including: “Love Train,” “For The Love Of Money,” “Livin’ For The Weekend,” “Family Reunion,” “I Love Music,” “Stairway To Heaven” and “Cry Together.”

Earlier this year the group — comprised of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant — released its first new album in about 15 years. That critically-acclaimed album, The Last Word, was put out by S-Curve Records/BMG. It also tied in with a new PBS Special titled The O’Jays: Live in New York.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Eddie Levert from the recent Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame inductees by phone in November 2019. Levert and I spoke about a variety of topics including working with his son Gerald, proud career accomplishments, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, being covered and sampled by top artists, The Spinners, Ohio artists, future career plans, and plenty more.

Tour dates and more about Eddie Levert and The O’Jays can be found at www.mightyojays.com.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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