Wishing a happy birthday to one of Ohio’s very own! Eddie Levert, lead vocalist of The O’Jays, celebrates 79 years of life today. Born in Bessemer, Alabama, but was raised in Canton, Ohio, Levert stood out in the church choir, participated in school plays and performed regularly on a gospel radio show.
Accolades throughout his professional career include four Grammy Nominations, an American Music Award, an NAACP Award and a host of other honors highlighting his contributions to music. In 2005, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Today we celebrate this music icon with a gallery of photos and video footage from his legendary music career.
1. THE BET HONORS 2016Source:WENN
2. Gerald & Eddie LeVert “Baby Hold On To Me” (1991)
3. National Museum of African American Music 2016 Black Music HonorsSource:Getty
4. Eddie & Gerald LeVert Perform “Wind Beneath My Wings”
5. Walter Williams, Eric Grant and Eddie LevertSource:WENN
6. Miami Mayor Tomas Regaldo, Don King & Eddie LevertSource:WENN
7. NBA legend Alonzo Mourning and EddieSource:WENN
8. BET’s 2014 Celebration Of GospelSource:WENN
9. Julius Erving Golf ClassicSource:WENN
Julius Erving Golf Classic – Arrivals