“Our Love Has Died”  by the Ohio Players… one of my favorite songs from this incredible band. Rest In Power Sugarfoot…….   

Ohio Players Frontman Sugarfoot dead at 70

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, the colorful and flamboyant lead singer for the Ohio Players, died yesterday at the age of 70. No other details are currently available, but it has been confirmed through a close contact to the singer.

UPDATE: In an official family statement released by Scott Hanover the family said, “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.”

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Originally formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchables, the band 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).

Ward had proved to be an unreliable leader, who would sometimes, during gigs, walk off the stage, forcing the group to stop playing. Ward and Jones got into a fistfight in 1964, after which the group broke up.

The group’s core members returned to Dayton. They replaced Ward with 21-year-old Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner(guitar), who would become the group’s front man, and added Gregory Webster (drums) To accommodate Bonner’s musical style preferences for the group (“R&B with a little flair to it”) and the group changed their format.By 1965, the group had renamed themselves the Ohio Players, reflecting its members’ self-perceptions as musicians and as ladies’ men. #funk #soul #groove #music #classic #gold (at Dogtown)