Fire by The Ohio Players
Years ago Southwest Ohio was hitting on the music charts. You came to Cincinnati to make music at King Records like James Brown or you were one of the many bands that was influencing the musical landscape like the Isley Brothers, Zapp, Lakeside, Slave, and, of course, The Ohio Players.
My brothers loved the Ohio Players, equally for the album covers as for the music.
I was sad to hear about the death of Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, lead singer of The Ohio Players. Even if you haven’t heard of him you heard him. You heard the songs Fire and Love Rollercoaster from television commercials and TV shows, you heard Skin Tight sampled on many rap songs, or you may have heard the the song “I Want to Be Free” while passing through the R&B/Soul oldie station.
If you heard these songs, you undoubtedly heard the lead singer’s distinctive voice.