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|Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:41 pm Post subject: Ohio Players Lead Singer Dead At 69
|The Times article doesn't mention it but the Ohio Untouchables, predecessors of the Ohio Players, were the backup band for the Falcons, whose late-1950s/early '60s hits included You're So Fine, Just For Your Love, The Teacher and I Found A Love. The Ohio Players' hits included Fire, Fopp, Skin Tight, O-H-I-O, Who'd She Coo, Sweet Sticky Thing and Love Rollercoaster. And Funky Worm is probably one of the mostest worstest songs of the '70s. The song was awful and even the title was awful. Somehow it managed to reach number one on the r&b chart and #15 on the Hot 100---Go figure!
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Ohio Players lead singer and guitarist, dead at 69
Los Angeles Times, Jan 29 2013
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, 69, lead singer and guitarist for the Ohio Players, a band that fused rock, soul and funk for a string of R&B hits in the 1970s, died January 26 in a Dayton suburb after battling cancer. He was 69.
The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics, offbeat sound effects, flamboyant outfits and provocative album covers, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as Love Rollercoaster, Fire, Skin Tight and Funky Worm.
Born in Hamilton, Ohio, in March 1943, Bonner teamed up in the late 1960s with core members of a group called the Ohio Untouchables to form the Ohio Players. The band had a string of Top 40 hits in the mid-1970s, and continued to perform for years afterward. He remained active in recent years with a spinoff band called Sugarfoot's Ohio Players.
Bonner had said he learned about music in Hamilton, where he was the oldest of a large family, playing harmonica, learning guitar and sneaking into bars as an adolescent to play with adult musicians. He wound up in Dayton, where he connected with the players who formed the band. Their lineup changed at times, but featured horns, bass, guitar, drums and keyboards. Love Rollercoastergained new fans through a 1990s cover by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.