Leroy Bonner, Ohio Players frontman

Posted: January 29, 2013

CINCINNATI - Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk-music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio. He was 69.

The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm."

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Bonner teamed up in the 1960s with core members of a group called the Ohio Untouchables to form the Ohio Players. The band had a string of Top 40 hits in the mid-1970s, and continued to perform for years after that. He had remained active in recent years with a spinoff band called Sugarfoot's Ohio Players.

- Associated Press

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