Love Train – The O’Jays

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………on March 24th of 1973 The O’Jays followed their Billboard #3 hit, “Back Stabbers” by topping the chart with “Love Train”. It was 1973, the height of the Philadelphia soul genre was dawning, and “Love Train” came along with just the right sound at just the right time. It was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, producers for the O’Jays. The team of Gamble & Huff would go on to write and produce over 170 gold and platinum records – and they also wrote “Back Stabbers” and “For The Love Of Money,” two more key songs in the O’Jays’ career. According to Eddie Levert of the O’Jays, when they started working on this song, it didn’t have lyrics. Kenny Gamble wrote them on the spot in about five minutes. “By the time we started laying down the vocals, we knew we had a hit,” he told The Guardian. “Love Train felt like destiny. It had such perfect, timeless lyrics that it was almost as if they’d come from God, and we had to deliver them to the people.” The O’Jays made a music video for this song, mainly for airing in Europe, where many shows played these clips. In the video, the O’Jays take a group of children on a train to Griffith Park in Los Angeles. To honor their contributions to Philadelphia Soul, the BET network awarded the O’Jays a lifetime achievement award, which was presented by the Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. The song was also a Top 10 hit in the UK where it peaked at #9.