The O'Jays Reflect Upon 'Love Train' Chart Success: 'We Had to Hustle to Catch Up With It'

In this week’s episode of “My Billboard Moment,” The O’Jays reflect upon the chart success of their 1972 hit song “Love Train,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart in 1973, and how the sudden attention the track received was an unexpected surprise that they were not ready for at the time.

Eddie Levert tells Billboard that what he remembers most about “Love Train” was that it was a song that was created right in the studio.

“When it came out, it just shot up the Billboard charts,” he recalls, noting that it felt surreal because the thing he had always dreamt of was happening.

Walter Williams also weighs in on the chart achievements of their song, confessing that the band had to “hustle to catch up with it,” when it came to things such as their live shows and their uniforms.

“It really went to the top, and we were not ready,” he explains. “You have to get ready for it being at the top of the charts, because it puts you in places that you were never gonna be without that No. 1.”

Eric Grant, who joined the band in 1997, also hilariously weighs in on the rapid success of the song. He reveals that while he wasn’t a part of the band at the time, his bandmates have told him that when they had to perform it live on television, they only had once dance move because it took off so quickly that they didn’t even have any choreography prepared.

You can check out the full video above, and watch to them performing “Love Train” during a recent live office visit.


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