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O'Jays are Okay

Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1974

IN 1958 IN every high school in every state of America, students (some with talent, some without) were forming themselves into would-be doo-wop groups. Two of five young men in the Canton McKinly High School were Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, who, as the LeVert Brothers, shouted the Lord's praises on a creaking local radio station. With William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles they sewed stripes down the side of their pants and doo-wahed for anyone who'd listen.

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