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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:28 PM

Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner dead

http://www.spin.com/articles/ohio-players-leroy-sugarfoot-bonner-dead

Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman and founder of legendary funk group Ohio Players, passed away on Saturday at the age of 69, according to a post on his Facebook page. No other details are available, but an official family announcement says he passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, Ohio.

The statement continues, "Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts, lyrics, and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends. He will be missed but not forgotten as his legacy and music lives on. More details and an official historical perspective of his career will soon be forthcoming."

The Ohio Players stormed the 1970s with a hard-swinging sound that combined heavy funk grooves, radio-dominating pop hooks, punchy horns, and sensual album cover art that often became more talked-about than their music (for example, the cover of 1975's No. 2 charting Honey was the source of one of rock history's most enduring urban legends). Formed in the early 1960s from the ashes of Dayton R&B group the Ohio Untouchables, the Ohio Players became intergral in funk's domination of the following decade. Their ubiquitous hits "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster" topped the Hot 100, and three others ("Funky Worm," "Sweet Sticky Thing," "Who'd She Coo?") topped the R&B charts as well.


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MuttLikeMe Jan 2013 OP
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #1
GETTINGTIRED Jan 2013 #2
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #3
Chorophyll Jan 2013 #4
TheDebbieDee Jan 2013 #5
okieinpain Jan 2013 #9
Tabasco_Dave Jan 2013 #6
MuttLikeMe Jan 2013 #10
sad-cafe Jan 2013 #7
okieinpain Jan 2013 #8

Response to MuttLikeMe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:34 PM

1. Oh no...



One of my favorite groups. Still have the 45 of this one -



They had some risque LP covers back then too.

R.I.P. and condolences...

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Response to MuttLikeMe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:40 PM

2. Another great one gone

R.I.P...
you wil live on and on through your music...

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Response to MuttLikeMe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:47 PM

3. I loved the Ohio Players ...

I always thought their music was ahead of its time.

And as an middle schooler, I REALLY loved their ablum covers ... Honey But the Pleasure cover changed my life.

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Response to MuttLikeMe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:49 PM

4. Aw. :(

Rest in peace. Thanks for the funky songs.

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Response to MuttLikeMe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:49 PM

5. I hope you find that heaven is as beautiful as the music you made.........

Goodbye, Sugarfoot.



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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:53 AM

9. Love that song. Nt.

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Response to MuttLikeMe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:44 PM

6. Rip Sugarfoot.

I hope he saw this funny video before he died.

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Response to Tabasco_Dave (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:36 AM

10. that video says 1975

but it looks more like 1985. Still, very funny.

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Response to MuttLikeMe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:47 PM

7. love rollercoaster

 

my favorite

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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 01:52 AM

8. One of my all time

Favorite groups.

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