The O'Jays were originally known as The Triumphs and The Mascots. They were officially known as The O'Jays after they got their name from DJEddie O'Jay. Their first big hit was "Lonely Drifter"in 1963 which was lifted off their debut albumComin Through. The O'Jays are mainly known by their hits "Back Stabbers", "Love Train" and "For the Love of Money".
Levert is the father of the late R&B singers Gerald Levert, who died on November 10, 2006, Sean Levert, who died on March 30, 2008 and Eddie Levert Jr., CEO of Levert Entertainment Group, a Music label headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. The relationships between Eddie Sr. and Gerald became a subject of a book, I Got Your Back: A Father and Son Keep It Real about Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship issued in 2007 (ISBN 0767927443, ISBN 0-7679-2760-5).