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?'”