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On this day in music history: November 1, 1975 - “Sweet Sticky Thing” by The Ohio Players hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #33 on the Hot 100 on October 25, 1975. Written by William “Billy” Beck, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, Marshall “Rock” Jones, Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce, Clarence “Satch” Satchell and James “Diamond” Williams, it is the third R&B chart topper for the Dayton, OH based R&B/Funk band. “Sweet Sticky Thing” like many of The Ohio Players other hits is born out of a spontaneous, live in studio jam at Paragon Recording Studios in Chicago, IL. Inspired in part by the already recorded title track, the band cuts the basic track for “Sweet Sticky Thing”, write the lyrics, add their vocals, then mix down and edit the finished song. The LP version is pared down to just over six minutes, from the original master take which runs nearly ten minutes long. Trimmed down to under three and a half minutes for radio play, it is issued as the first single from the band’s seventh full length release “Honey” in September of 1975. The song (along with the title track) is the catalyst of the albums sexy and provocative cover artwork. The front cover and inner gatefold feature nude photos of Panamanian model (and Playboy playmate) Ester Cordet eating from a jar of honey, and having her body covered in the the sticky, sweet substance. “Sweet Sticky Thing” is later covered by jazz musician Alex Bugnon in 1993.

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