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Monday, January 28, 2013

Ohio Players Frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, 1943-2013

Posted by on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner—guitarist/vocalist for Ohio Players—passed away Jan. 26 at age 69 in Trotwood-Dayton, Ohio. The cause of death has not been reported.

Ohio Players were one of the biggest, brashest funk bands of the ’70s. Their songs could be brazenly outré as their super-erotic, bondage-y cover art or veer toward outright goofiness. Reflecting the latter, their 1972 hit “Funky Worm” became one of the foundational influences on G-funk and has been sampled dozens of times by hiphop producers. Ohio Players tunes have been covered by artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Love Rollercoaster”), Sly & Robbie (“Fire”), and Soundgarden (“Fopp”).

Check Rolling Stone's obit and Bonner's Facebook page for more info. RIP, Leroy Bonner.


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Gern Blanston 1
I'm glad I was exposed to The Ohio Players as a kid growing up in the 70's, thanks to an older sister. Definitely one of the great funk bands of that era. I'd have to say my favorite was "Fopp." That there was some nasty funk.
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