|Also known as||The Ohio Untouchables|
|Origin||Dayton, Ohio USA|
|Years active||1959 – 1997|
|Label(s)||Capitol, Westbound, Mercury, Boardwalk|
Robert "Rumba" Jones
Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks
James "Diamond" Williams
Clarence "Satch" Satchell
Bobby Lee Fears
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The Ohio Players were among the top funk bands of the mid-'70s. Emerging from Dayton, Ohio in 1959, the group was originally dubbed the Ohio Untouchables, and initially comprised singer/guitarist Robert Ward, bassist Marshall "Rock" Jones, saxophonist/guitarist Clarence "Satch" Satchell, drummer Cornelius Johnson, and trumpeter/trombonist Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks. Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the County seat and largest city of Montgomery County. Robert Ward (born October 15, 1938 in Luthersville GA) is an American Blues and soul Guitarist. In late 1961, a relative of Ward's founded the Detroit, Michigan-based Lupine Records, and the group traveled north to the Motor City to back the Falcons on their hit "I Found a Love"; the Ohio Untouchables soon made their headlining debut with "Love Is Amazing," but when Ward subsequently exited for a solo career, the group essentially disbanded. Lu Pine Records was a small local Record label in Detroit Michigan, active during the late-1950s and 1960s
At that point, the nucleus of Middlebrooks, Jones, and newly added guitarist Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner returned to Dayton; there they recruited saxophonist Andrew Noland and drummer Gary Webster, the latter a somewhat elusive figure whose true involvement in the group's history has never been definitively answered — some sources credit him as a founding Untouchable, others even as the band's early leader. In any case, by 1967, with the subsequent addition of singers Bobby Lee Fears and Dutch Robinson, the newly rechristened Ohio Players were signed as the house band for the New York City-based Compass Records, backing singer Helena Ferguson on her lone hit, "Where Is the Party," before issuing their solo debut, "Trespassin'," which hit the R&B charts in early 1968. The City of New York Compass Records is a Nashville -based Independent record label founded in 1995 by Garry West and Alison Brown.
Although the Players' trademark bottom-heavy, horn-driven sound was already blossoming, their follow-up, "It's a Cryin' Shame," flopped, and as Compass teetered on the brink of bankruptcy they exited the label. (Their early Compass sides were later packaged as First Impressions. ) The Players then landed on Capitol, where 1969's "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" was a minor hit; an LP, Observations in Time, soon followed, with covers of "Summertime" and "Over the Rainbow". Capitol Records is a major United States -based Record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood California and New York City as In 1970 the group disbanded, however; Fears and Robinson both mounted solo careers, while the remaining members again decamped to Dayton, eventually re-forming with keyboardist Walter "Junie" Morrison, trumpeter Bruce Napier, and trombonist Marvin Pierce.
Influenced by the funk of Sly & the Family Stone, the new Ohio Players lineup made their debut with the single "Pain," issued on the small local label Rubber Town Sounds; it was soon picked up for distribution by the Detroit-based Westbound label, reaching the R&B Top 40 in late 1971. Sly & the Family Stone is an American funk, soul and rock band from San Francisco California. Westbound Records is a Detroit -based Record label founded by Armen Boladian in 1970. An LP, also titled Pain, appeared that same year, and was followed in 1972 by Pleasure, which launched hit "Funky Worm. " Ecstacy appeared in 1973, and after 1974's Climax, the Players signed to Mercury; the label change also heralded yet more lineup changes, with keyboardist Billy Beck replacing Morrison (who later signed on with Parliament) and drummer Jimmy "Diamond" Williams taking over for Webster. Mercury Records is a Record label operating as a standalone company in the UK and as part of the Island Def Jam Music Group in the US and are both subsidiaries of Parliament was an African American music band most prominent during the 1970s
At Mercury, the Ohio Players enjoyed their greatest success; not only did they become known for their music, but also their provocative LP covers, a tradition begun during their Westbound tenure. Their 1974 Mercury debut, Skin Tight, was their first big hit, launching the hit title track as well as "Jive Turkey. " Its follow-up, Fire, remains one of the Players' best known hits, topping the pop charts on the strength of its title cut, itself a number one hit; "I Want to Be Free," one of the band's few attempts at social commentary, was also highly successful. 1975's Honey — which featured perhaps the Players' most controversial cover to date — was another hit, generating the chart-topping "Love Rollercoaster" in addition to the hits "Sweet Sticky Thing" and "Fopp. " Love Rollercoaster " is a song by American funk / R&B band The Ohio Players, originally featured on their 1975 album Honey Sweet Sticky Thing is the name of a popular song by funk band Ohio Players. "
"Who'd She Coo?" from 1976's Contradiction, was the Players' last number one R&B hit; "O-H-I-O," from 1977's Angel, was their last major hit on any chart, and as the 1970s drew to a close, the band's success declined. "Who'd She Coo?" was a hit song for The Ohio Players in 1976 1979's Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee was their final Mercury effort, and upon signing to Arista, the Players returned with Everybody Up, followed by a pair of dismal releases on Boardwalk, 1981's Tenderness and 1982's Ouch! After 1984's Graduation, four years passed prior to the release of their next effort, Back; no new material was forthcoming, although various lineups continued performing live well into the following decade. Arista Records (ˈɛərɪstə is an American Record label. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment and operates under the Boardwalk Records was a Record label founded by Neil Bogart in 1980, after PolyGram acquired his Casablanca Records. Founding member "Satch" Satchell died in late 1995, while "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks died in late 1996.