Out of Dayton, Ohio, came one of the great Show Bands of the 1970s, THE OHIO PLAYERS. They were a terrific Funk, Soul, and R&B group that had seven Top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976. The group hit Number One on both the Pop and R&B charts in 1975 with FIRE--a combo that meant big airplay and a solid Gold Record.
Earth Wind and Fire duplicated that feat in 1976 with LOVE ROLLERCOASTER. Their shows were electric, much in the same fashion as Sly and the Family Stone, but it all came to an end in 1979, when the IRS discovered someone in the band was writing unauthorized checks on undisclosed income...a stupid mistake, and major infraction. But the Players live on in their music and videos.
Speaking of which, here's a great one Scott found of the band performing their second #1 Hit, Rollercoaster Live on Midnight Special. They're introduced by Wofman Jack in great shape and telling an inside joke about his wife, the "Wolfwoman." Appparently, The Ohio Players' music made her frisky.
Side note: The original members included: Robert Ward (vocals/guitar), Marshall "Rock" Jones (bass), Clarence "Satch" Satchell (saxophone/guitar), Cornelius Johnson (drums), and Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks (trumpet/trombone). I just noticed that the drummer Cornelius was the only one who didn't have a nickname.
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