On this day in music history: April 24, 1976 - “Livin’ For The Weekend” by The O'Jays hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #20 on the Hot 100 on the same date. Written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert, it is the fifth chart topping single for the R&B vocal trio from Canton, OH. Following up their previous smash, the R&B chart topping top five crossover smash “I Love Music”, The O'Jays will continue their hitmaking streak with the second single from their fourth studio album “Family Reunion”. The songs’ arresting dual slow and fast tempo shifts will create a sensation on the dance floor and will quickly become a favorite in clubs even before it is issued as a single. During the song’s run on the charts, original member William Powell will be diagnosed with cancer and be forced to retire from performing with the group on stage. However, he will continue to sing, making his final appearance on The O'Jays next album “Message In The Music”, released in late 1976. Powell will pass away on May 26, 1977 at the age of thirty five. Powell’s stage replacement, Sammy Strain (formerly of Little Anthony & The Imperials) will become a full fledged member of the group in mid 1977.