Eddie Levert from The O’Jays – At The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 15th July 2018
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TWO TICKETS ARE BEING GIVEN AWAY IN A COMPETITION FOR YOU TO SEE THE O'JAYS LIVE ON SUNDAY 15TH JULY 2018.
The O'Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958 and originally consisting of Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942), Walter Williams (born August 25, 1943), William Powell (January 20, 1942 – May 26, 1977), Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The group now consists of two of the original members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams along with Eric Nolan Grant who joined the group in 1995.
Do you remember tracks such as 'Love Train,' 'Used Ta be My Girl?' Well, I had the pleasure of interviewing Eddie Levert last week and I was such a happy bunny. No pun intended here as that was Easter week.
I was so excited about getting this particular interview that I found myself having a bit of a 'dizzy pant' moment. I got notification 45 minutes prior to the interview that a spot had become available to interview Eddie. I was beside myself, and no, it was not a PMT moment. I could barely think straight because he had already got his hooks in me as I had been trying for two weeks to lock down an interview with him. Initially I was told he would not be available, but in true determination style, I sent up a real heart-felt 4 hour prayer (a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do) and told the man upstairs that he had to do right by me where this interview was concerned.
So last minute dot com, I received an email at 6.15pm on a chilly Friday evening asking whether I would be up to interview Eddie at 7pm. My fingers went into overdrive and I replied with a scrambled 'yes' and pressed the send key. An hour and a half later, after several persistent phone calls I finally got hold of him. He'd been having long chin-wags after each scheduled interview, and it was easy to see why, as Eddie is a very warm and engaging man. With a giggle and a 'let's punch the air with a Hi-Five' I was finally locked in laughter and conversation with Eddie Levert.
Once again this turned out to be another fun filled inspiring interview. Eddie was a font of laughter, stern wisdom and inspiring encouragement about the entertainment industry, about life and gems of advice about who he felt you had to become in order to be successful. I loved his direct and forthright authenticity. Certainly a man dedicated to his art, to his audience and passionate about sharing his gifts and love of music. Yet equally just as important was what he shared about his relationship with his late sons, (Gerald, who died in 2006 and Sean in 2008) and the passion they all exuded for their music, their love of performing and their respect for each other and their fans. Not only is Eddie Levert a legend in his own right as part of The O'Jays but he was a legend to his sons, and more poignantly they were to him. A very strong example of father and son bonding and a great message for fathers and sons the world over. He also touched on his relationship with Walter Williams, the only other original member of The O'Jays and how they had sustained a trusted friendship for over 65 years. He also touched on Eric Nolan Grant the third member of the band, and there was certainly a respect and admiration for this young man who had to and who was able to walk in some very big shoes.
I hope this interview will take you on an eclectic journey hopefully inspiring you to recognise that in our journey through life, there are always nuggets of gold, even in moments of our greatest pain. Hopefully you will also recognise your passion, your art and dedicate yourself to whatever it is your heart feels. However, in the meantime, as you ponder over my words of empowerment, The O'Jays will be in London Town on Sunday 15th July, time to go back, back in time. So now it's time for me to climb that Stairwell to Heaven as I get ready for bed, and in the meantime, I'm hoping to get my hooks into you, to entice you to go see this legendary group.
Awards and Achievements
Below are some awards and achievements by the O'Jays.
- Soul Train 2002 Quincy Jones Award for "Outstanding Career Achievement in the field of Entertainment"
- 2003 Wall of Fame Honor in Canton, Ohio
- 2003 State of Ohio - for Outstanding Achievements
- 2003 Mayors Citation from the City of Canton, Ohio
- 2003 Honorary Sheriff conferred on
The O'Jays by The city of New Orleans
- 2004 Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Sharon, Pennsylvania.
- 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
- 2009 Black Entertainment Television Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2011 Trumpet Lifetime Achievement Award
The Ojays will be performing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday 15th July 2018.
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