Ohio Players Frontman Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner Dead At 69

Written by admin   // January 30, 2013   // 0 Comments

by Ruth Manuel-Logan, NewsOneLeroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner (pictured), who was the frontman for the R&B funkmeisters of the 70′s, the Ohio Players, passed away Saturday from undisclosed causes, reports the Rolling Stone. He was 69-years-old.

The oldest of 14 children, Bonner ran away as a young teen from his hometown of Hamilton, Ohio to seek fame and fortune.  As a way to survive, the young musician played the harmonica for change on street corners.   Bonner managed to team up with former members of a group called The Ohio Untouchables to launch the R&B funk band, the Ohio Players in 1964.

As a founding member of the chart-topping group, Bonner was a familiar face, always front and center amongst the band members.  The Ohio Players with their flamboyant costumes, brow-raising album cover art and heavy brass section had seven Top 40 hits, “Skin Tight,” “Love Rollercoaster” and “Fire,” which are classics that still manage to move a crowd.


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