Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the Ohio Players Dies

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the Ohio Players Dies

sugarfootWe have the sad news to report that Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, best known as the frontman for the legendary Ohio Players, has passed away. Funk lovers and hip-hop heads alike are well versed in the music of Bonner and his band, who churned out such timeless jams as “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster”. The latter received a resurgence in popularity in the mid-’90s when one-time funkers Red Hot Chili peppers covered the track for the Beavis & Butthead Do America soundtrack.

Crate diggers no doubt fell in love with the Players upon seeing their eye-grabbing artwork, especially the not-particularly-safe-for-work Honey cover. Some of those vinyl collectors would go on to sample the funk group, leading to such hip-hop staples as A Tribe Called Quest’s “8 Million Stories“, a number of Gang Starr joints, and J Dilla’s “Give It Up“, among many, many others.

You can revisit some Ohio Players classics below. The cause of Bonner’s death is yet to be released.[via]

UPDATE: Bonner apparently died of cancer. He was 69. [via]

The following are some tweets paying tribute to Bonner.






  1. Gerry
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 09:08:00

    When we heard the ohio players in the UK we lost our minds ! So much great music , love and respect to Leroy so sad to hear of his passing

  2. james milligan
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 13:57:00

    I have had the pleasure of working with this great musical icon we recorded songs togeather he was just a great guy funny and good hearted man to be around my heart go’s out to the family and friends as they mourn the loss of such a talented man from James Milligan recording artist and President/CEO of New Experience Rec.

  3. Micheal Hunter
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 14:20:00

    Ohio is hurting right now, we are losing so many great ones. The man who I met in 1979 as a kid got me started playing the guitar, and I will always be grateful for that inspiration and guide, I love you man I miss you, mike mike

  4. Basim Blunt
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 13:58:00

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