The core of this long-standing soul group, Eddie LeVert (16 June 1942, Birmingham, Alabama, USA) and Walter Williams (b. 25 August 1942, USA), sang together as a gospel duo prior to forming the Triumphs in 1958. This doo-wop-influenced quintet was completed by William Powell (b. 20 January 1942, USA, d. 26 May 1977), Bill Isles and Bobby Massey and quickly grew popular around its home town of Canton, Ohio, USA. The same line-up then recorded as the Mascots before taking the name the OJays after Cleveland disc jockey Eddie OJay, who had given them considerable help and advice. Having signed to Imperial Records in 1963, the OJays secured their first R&B hit with Lonely Drifter, which was followed by an imaginative reworking of Benny Spellmans Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette), Let It All Out and Stand In For Love. Despite gaining their first R&B Top 10 entry with Ill Be Sweeter...
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