Williams and Levert have been friends and creative partners for nearly 50 years. Their relationship has survived a rotating cast of fellow O'Jays, a bitter legal battle with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and personal tragedy. Levert's son, singer Gerald, died last year of an accidental prescription-drug overdose.
According to Williams, Levert said to him, "There's always gonna be a hole in my heart." However, "being able to stay busy is a blessing."
As a result, the pair has regrouped to perform in support of a re-released O'Jays album, 2004's Imagination. This also gives fans a chance to hear the group's classics once again.
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