Canton, OH 44702
What: Formed in 1958 in Canton, Ohio, the O’Jays were inspired to start their singing group after seeing a performance by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. First calling themselves the Triumphs and then the Mascots, they made their recording debut in 1961 with the single “Miracles,” issued on Cincinnati-based King records. Two years later, they renamed themselves The O’Jays, after Cleveland DJ and mentor, Eddie O’Jay.
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