We want to send our most heartfelt condolences out to the family and friends of Mr. Leroy ” SugarFoot “ Bonner, frontman and guitarist for the illustrious OHIO PLAYERS, also known as...” The Ohio Untouchables”. Mr. Bonner coined a vocal situation that would later be used by everyone from Roger Troutman to Larry Blackmon… He passed away at that age of 70 but had been touring all year and still had dates to fulfill in 2013. It is good he passed doing what he was born to do. At press time, there are still no details as to how he died but keep it here as we will be following this story and updating accordingly. We actually found out via Dawn Silva’s (Original Bride of Funkenstein’s) facebook page.
He was a beast to watch live and a survivor off of the stage.. The Ohio Players paved the way for most of the midwest funk of the 70’s and 80’s Soul eras respectively. Who can remember his vocals on joints like ““I Wanna Be Free”, “Skintight”, HELL, and Love Rollercoaster to name a few. TVONE’s award winning docu-series aired an excellent episode of “UNSUNG” featuring THE OHIO PLAYERS in 2011. Check their schedule because I am sure they will be rebroadcasting it in commemoration of a brotha , that according to Grandma on FUNKY WORM “was funkier than 9 cans of shaving powder” LOL.. We will miss you and your EPIC FRO Mr. Bonner..
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