MARICOPA -- It’s time to get onboard the “Love Train” as The O’Jays take the stage Friday at The Event Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino with their lineup of singalong, dance-along hits that span the disco era.

Known for their R&B-meets-disco songs such as “Love Train,” “Backstabbers,” “Use ta Be My Girl” and others, The O’Jays bring decades of showmanship to each show.

Formed in Canton, Ohio, in 1958, they had as their first No. 1 hit and million-seller “Backstabbers” in 1972, followed by “Love Train” that same year.

Over the years, the group has altered its lineup several times. The current group includes two of the original members, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, along with Eric Grant.

As well as “Backstabbers,” “Love Train” and “Use ta Be My Girl,” some of the group’s most memorable hits are:

  • “Put Your Hands Together,” released in 1973
  • “For the Love of Money,” released in 1974; the song later became the theme song to the NBC series “The Apprentice.”
  • “I Love Music,” released in 1975
  • “Livin’ for the Weekend,” released in 1976

“Use ta Be My Girl” was released in 1978.

The group continued recording through the 1980s and into the early 1990s.

In 2003, the trio co-starred in the movie “The Fighting Temptations,” which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles.

The O’Jays have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are recipients of a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

The O’Jays take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are still on sale and are available by visiting the Harrah’s Ak-Chin casino website.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at