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The Ohio Players! R&B Thursday’s people! We back again with the Ohio Players. One of the ILLIST groups ever. If you ever listened to one of there albums… you know the deal! Very distinctive with a signature style. Some bit off the homies especially the lead singer SugerFoot! Well lets say influenced because his style was influenced by Lionel Richie. Anyway, as a young dude… I was into the covers DEEP!!!!!! Whenever you see the sexy women on the joints you couldn’t help but imagine. HAAAAAAAAA! So let’s get into it peoples. Ohio Players! Check em’ out. FISKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!

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Bio(from MusicianGuide.com):

The Ohio Players combine funk, disco, country, jazz, soul, and rock to create a uniquely danceable, multilayered, and memorable sound. The band reached an apex of popularity in the 1970s during the funk and disco era and with the advent of rap and hip-hop, has enjoyed an enthusiastic renaissance since the mid-1990s.

The brainchild of guitarist Robert Ward, the group began as the Ohio Untouchables in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959. Bassist Marshall Jones, saxophonist and flutist Clarence “Satch” Satchell, and trumpeter Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrook comprised the unchanging core of the group over the decades. Apart from this trio, the band’s membership changed countless times over the course of almost four decades. Guitarist and vocalist Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, keyboardist and percussionist William “Billy” Beck, conga player Robert “Kuumba” Jones, trumpeter Marvin “Merv” Pierce, percussionist James “Diamond” Williams, and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Clarence “Chet” Willis completed the band in the 1990s.

As the Ohio Untouchables, the group worked backup in Detroit for the Falcons–whose lead singer was the young and incomparable Wilson Pickett–on their 1962 hit single “I Found a Love.” Five years later, in 1967, the Untouchables changed their name to the Ohio Players, moved back to Dayton, and performed as a funky, soulful octet.

The group then moved to Los Angeles and remained there until the end of the 1960s before relocating once again back to their home state of Ohio. The funk and rhythm and blues music of the early 1970s was heavily influenced by bands like Sly & the Family Stone– bands that fused rock with funk and soul. The Ohio Players were eager to experiment as well, and their funky sound grew more progressive and distinctive. “Sugarfoot” Bonner added a nasal, almost comical quality to the band’s vocal sound, rendering their singles danceable and catchy.

The Ohio Players released their debut album, Pain, in 1971 on Detroit’s Westbound Records, a label shared by George Clinton’s Funkadelic band. They followed their debut with Pleasure a year later, then Ecstasy in 1973. The albums were only moderately successful, but the recording experience was invaluable for the band to hone its signature trademarks: large horn-powered tracks, odd background sounds such as whistles and alarms, and absurd, salacious lyrics. In 1974 the Ohio Players signed with Mercury Records; by then the band’s fluctuating membership had finally stabilized.

The Ohio Players’ southern Ohio environment shaped their diverse tastes and the breadth of their musical knowledge. James Brown recorded many of his greatest hits in Cincinnati’s King Records studio in the 1950s and 1960s, the soulful Isley Brothers and funk superstar Bootsy Collins were both products of the Cincinnati music scene, and during the 1970s and 1980s dance groups such as Lakeside, the Deele, Midnight Star, and Slave also emerged from the southern Ohio region. (More here).

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