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Ohio Players Frontman Sugafoot Dead

January 27th, 2013

RIP - Sugafoot Dies - Ohio Players

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, the colorful and flamboyant lead singer for the Ohio Players, died yesterday at the age of 70.

Here’s the family statement:

“Yesterday, Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.

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.”

Here’s what’s been reported:

“The Ohio Players were originally formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959, and were known as the Ohio Untouchables.

After a brief breakup the band regrouped in 1963 adding Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner on lead guitar and eventually he went on to front the band.

The band’s first big hit single was ‘Funky Worm’, reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1973, selling over one million copies. The band had seven Top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976 including, ‘Fire,’ ‘Love Rollercoaster’ and ‘Who’d She Coo?’”



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22 Responses to “Ohio Players Frontman Sugafoot Dead”

  1. Fresh |

    Rip sugafoot,

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  2. christa |

    The Ohio Players were one of the best funk bands of the era of funk. To this day, Love Rollercoaster is used in contemporary films and TV shows regularly.
    Sugafoot was always my favorite. RIP

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  3. Madraven |

    Another funk legend goes to the upper room. Front man, bass player and lead singer. Thanks for all the musical memories and RIP Sugafoot.

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    crazychris Reply:

    HE WAS THE GUITAR PLAYER.

    JAMES MARSHALL PLAYED BASS.

    LIONEL RICHIE, LARRY DODSON AND MANY OTHERS COPIED SUGAR’S TRADEMARK WAY OF SINGING.

    LOVED ALL THE OP ALBUMS FROM PAIN TO ANGEL.

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  4. BigDaddyWin |

    Thank you Sugar…

    This band, and I do mean BAND, helped shaped the sound of the seventies.
    The music is timeless, you can still drop Sweet Sticky Thing in your car or home and just groove with it.
    Fire set the industry on it’s collective ear, they could not believe that a funk band was that tight and precise. No, this band was what every other band in the world aspired to be, tight fun and full of original funk.

    So remember that you rappers who steal, I mean borrow bass lines to “create your magic” to, the originals actually knew how to read, write and play music.

    Rest In Peace Sugar;
    I’m on my way out the door to work and will jam with Sweet Sticky Thing for 6:14, and when I’m done, I’ll hit Fire just so I can hear that opening bass line one more time.

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  5. Keepitrealnotkeepinitreal |

    Skin tight. Skin tight.

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  6. B_Lyn |

    RIP……I love their song I Want To Be Free……aw man.

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    kisses Reply:

    That was that the jam!!!!!!!

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  7. Anonymous |

    R.I.P. Sugarfoot. No one did it like you, Angel.

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  8. crazychris |

    rappers sampled the hell out of the op’s.

    funky worm was sampled the most to my knowledge.

    one of my favorites is fopp, and far east mississippi.

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  9. Anonymous |

    Thank you Sugafoot for the best music, esp. I want to be free!

    I wonder if the greats are leaving us because the music is so crappy right now?

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    Donna Jordan Reply:

    Rip .I want to thank you for I want to be free.That song helped bring me to the lord.The words spoke to me .It made me free myself of my demons.Everytime I hear this song it reminds me of my journey I took when the lord opened my eyes so I could see, ND ears so I could listen.He used that song to bring me to him.God bless his soul.I would like the inspriration behind that song.Thank you for the best memories.

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    Donna Jordan Reply:

    Wow he died a day before my birthday RIP

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  10. MissK |

    Rip Sugar foot… was he sick. does anyone know? My condolences to his family, friends, and fellow fans. I was blessed to see the Ohio Players perform with Sugarfoot on lead quite a few times. The last time he was sick I think, so he wasn’t at show.

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  11. calgon |

    Say it isn’t so—DAMN! All of our legends are leaving us. They were the pioneers & their contribution greatly influenced the industry. We have to keep their music alive and pass it on to other generations. Most of the younger sect, don’t know or appreciate real music.

    He lived an amazing life though and fronted one of the best funk bands ever. Their naked fold-out album covers with all the beautiful black women, are a collector’s item. And who could forget Pat Evans, who did 4 covers for OP baring her sexuality and fierce baldness. You will be missed sugarfoot. RIP Bro!

    OHIO PLAYERS ALBUM COVERS
    http://albumcovergallery.blogspot.com/2011/10/ohio-players-complete-album-gallery.html

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  12. Prinsex |

    Lets not forget ” Heaven Must Be Like This”

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  13. Kimmy |

    R.I.P another great has left……if only to hear one last OWWWWWW!

    You’ll be missed

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  14. Anonymous |

    BYE FOOT

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  15. Anonymous |

    The Ohio players were same bad cats

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  16. Anonymous |

    I spent hours on my bass guitar trying to emulate the Skin tight riff

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  17. Undertaker15 |

    Sugar may you RIP.It’s over now down here!!!!!

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  18. Donna Jordan |

    Rip .I want to thank you for I want to be free.That song helped bring me to the lord.The words spoke to me .It made me free myself of my demons.Everytime I hear this song reminds me of my journey I took when the lord opened my eyes so I could see, and ears so I could li I could hear.He used that song to bring me to him.God bless his soul.I would like the inspriration behind that song.

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