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The O’Jays + the Commodores
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
October 8th, 8:00PM
$69.50 / $79.50 / $99.50 (+ applicable fees) / Use Code SUMMER to purchase 4 tix for $200 (+ applicable fees)
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Classic R&B Comes to Long Island: Special Double Bill with The O’Jays and the Commodores!
Kick back to the classic hits of the 70’s and early ‘80s at this special area appearance by *The O’Jays* plus the Commodores, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, October 8 at 8pm. Hear all your favorites and experience these two legendary acts live in concert!
SPECIAL OFFER: Use Code SUMMER to purchase 4 tickets for $200 (+ applicable fees)
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NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road
Westbury, NY 11590
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Walter Williams and Eddie Levert founded The O’Jays in 1958, recording for various record labels. Their first chart appearance was with the tune “Lonely Drifter” in 1963. In spite of their success as a touring group and on the R&B charts, the group had been considering quitting the music biz in 1972 and around that original members Bill Isles and Bobby Massey departed, leaving the group a trio with Williams, Levert and William Powell (who passed in 1977).
The group really didn’t take off until it joined forces with the songwriting-production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1972. Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label went on to release a stellar run of hits by the O’Jays in the 1970s, including the Top 10 singles “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money.” Many more hits followed through the 1970s and into the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2004, The O’Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Commodores origins date back to the late 1960s. The group members met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968. A student at Tuskegee, Thomas McClary met Lionel Richie in the registration line. They became friends and in 1968 they began to put together a band which they called The Mystics. McClary played the lead guitar and, early on, shared the lead vocals. The group played local gigs and then added more members and changed their name to the Commodores. In November 1972, McClary and the Commodores signed with Berry Gordy and Motown Records, having first gained public recognition as openers for The Jackson 5 while on tour.
The Commodore’s enjoyed the most success during the late 1970s and early 1980s when Lionel Richie was co-lead singer. Their biggest hit singles are ballads such as “Easy”, “Three Times a Lady”, and “Nightshift”; and funky dance hits which include “Brick House”, “Fancy Dancer”, “Lady (You Bring Me Up)”, and “Too Hot ta Trot”. In 1986, the group won their first Grammy Award for the song “Nightshift”.
Today the band consists of William King, Walter Orange, and J.D. Nicholas.
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