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The Ohio Players are a funk and R&B band whose heyday was in the mid- to late 1970s. They formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchables, and initially included members Robert Ward (vocals/guitar), Marshall "Rock" Jones (bass), Clarence "Satch" Satchell (saxophone/guitar), Cornelius Johnson (drums), and Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks (trumpet/trombone). The Ohio Untouchables broke up in 1963, with Ward leaving for a solo career, but the core members of the group returned to Dayton and added Gary Webster (drums) and Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (guitar) in 1964. The group added two more singers, Bobby Lee Fears and Dutch Robinson, and became the house band for New York City-based Compass Records in 1967. They soon became one of the better known R&B bands of the 1970's. Their song "Runnin' from the Devil" inspired the Van Halen song Runnin' With the Devil. Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African Americans, e. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Nickname: Gem City Coordinates: Country  State   County United States  Ohio   Montgomery Founded Incorporated April 1, 1796 1805 Mayor Rhine L. McLin Area    - City 146. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Different kinds of guitars The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... Different kinds of guitars The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Trumpeter redirects to here. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Different kinds of guitars The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Compass Records is a Nashville-based independent record label founded in 1995 by Garry West and Alison Brown. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Van Halen is an American Hard rock band. ... Runnin With the Devil is the lead off track from Van Halens 1978 Eponymous debut. ...


The group disbanded again in 1970. After again reforming with a line-up including Bonner, Satchell, Middlebrooks, Jones, Webster, trumpeter Bruce Napier, trombonist Marvin Pierce, and keyboardist Walter "Junie" Morrison, the Players had a minor hit on the Detroit-based Westbound label in 1971 with "Pain" which reached the Billboard R&B Top 40. The band signed with Mercury Records in 1974; by this time their lineup had changed again, with keyboardist Billy Beck instead of Morrison and Jimmy "Diamond" Williams on drums instead of Webster. Bonner sang lead vocals on most of the band's hits. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... Walter Junie Morrison or simply Junie Morrison is a musician and producer born in Dayton, Ohio. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // [edit] Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... See also: 1973 in music, other events of 1974, 1975 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // January - The Ramones form. ...


The band’s first big hit was “Funky Worm,” which hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts and made the pop Top 15 in May 1973; the song was included on the soundtrack the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The band had seven more Top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976, including the smashes "Fire" (#1 on both the R&B and pop charts for two weeks and one week respectively in February 1975) and "Love Rollercoaster" (#1 on both the R&B and pop charts for 1 week in January 1976). The group's last big hit was "Who'd She Coo" a #1 R&B hit in August 1976. The band became widely known not only for their sound, which has been sampled and copied by countless R&B and hip-hop artists since, but for their sexually provocative album covers, including the cover of 1974's Ecstasy, which featured a man and a woman in a pose of arousal wearing chains and leather, and 1975's Honey, which featured a nude woman holding an overflowing jar of honey and dropping some into her mouth with a ladle. There is also an urban legend that has it that a scream on Love Rollercoaster that came during the break after the second verse was the sound of someone being murdered in the studio while the track was being recorded. It is believed to be the scream of a female model (the nude woman featured on the image for the Honey album) after being stabbed with a knife by the band's manager. She was complaining that the honey and fibre glass she was sat on reacted when mixed causing permanent damage to her legs during the image photography, ending her modelling career. She then approached the manager seeking compensation during the recording of Love Rollercoaster only to be stabbed and attacked. The Ohio Players then left the scream in as a sick tribute.[1] The band did not discredit this rumor at the time, because, as one band member put it later, "that makes you sell more records." The real source of the scream -- and the origins of the rumor -- were explained by Ohio Player Jimmy "Diamond" Williams: "There is a part in the song where there's a breakdown. It's guitars and it's right before the second verse and Billy Beck does one of those inhaling-type screeches like Minnie Ripperton did to reach her high note or Mariah Carey does to go octaves above. The DJ made this crack and it swept the country. People were asking us, 'Did you kill this chick in the studio?' The band took a vow of silence because that makes you sell more records." See also: 1972 in music, other events of 1973, 1974 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... See also: 1975 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // January 6 - Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive! January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail... See also: 1974 in music, other events of 1975, 1976 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 2 - New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of... Love Rollercoaster the 1996 single from Red Hot Chili Peppers is a cover of the 1976 hit by The Ohio Players taken from their album Honey. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Hip hop music, also referred to as rap or rap music, is a style of popular music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Urban legends are a kind of modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them (see rumor). ... Love Rollercoaster the 1996 single from Red Hot Chili Peppers is a cover of the 1976 hit by The Ohio Players taken from their album Honey. ... Minnie Riperton (1947-1979) Cover of her best selling album, Perfect Angel, which contains Lovin You Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8, 1947 - July 12, 1979) was a soul singer from Chicago, Illinois, most noted for her abilities in the whistle register and her 1975 hit single Lovin You. Having possessed... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. ...


Clarence Satchell died in January 1996 after he had a brain aneurysm. Ralph Middlebrooks died in November 1997. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... // Description An aneurysm (or aneurism) is a localized dilation or ballooning of a blood vessel by more than 50% of the diameter of the vessel and can lead to instant death. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Red Hot Chili Peppers were one of the bands heavily influenced by The Ohio Players, covering "Love Rollercoaster" for the film Beavis and Butt-head Do America. In the UK, there is a chain of music and DVD stores named after one of their hit songs, "Fopp". "Fopp" was also covered by Soundgarden for an EP called Fopp. Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy Award-winning, four-piece rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is an animated feature film, based on the TV series, Beavis and Butt-head, that was released on December 20, 1996, produced by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, and directed by Mike Judge. ... Soundgarden was a seminal Seattle rock band who helped to define the sound that came to be called grunge. ... Fopp is an EP, released by the band Soundgarden in 1988. ...


Albums

  • (1968) First Impressions
  • (1968) Observations in Time
  • (1971) Pain
  • (1972) Pleasure
  • (1973) Ecstasy
  • (1974) Climax
  • (1974) Skin Tight
  • (1974) Fire
  • (1975) Honey
  • (1975) Rattlesnake
  • (1976) Contradiction
  • (1977) Angel
  • (1977) Mr. Mean
  • (1978) Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee
  • (1979) Everybody Up
  • (1981) Tenderness
  • (1982) Ouch!
  • (1984) Graduation
  • (1988) Back
  • (1996) Jam (live)
  • (1998) Ol' School "On Tour" (live)
  • (1999) James and Mical are Royal Douches (live in New York)

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By 1978, the Ohio Players were so mismanaged that they were reduced to playing Hollywood's tiny Roxy Theater on Sunset Blvd. The band produced their last record for Mercury and their final comprised of the post-Westbound configuration, Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee.
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