Funk legend Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner has died, according to friends and musicians.
“He was a great person with a lot of wisdom not just in music, but in life, ” said Keith Harrison of the bands FAZE-O and the Dazz Band.
Bonner, 69, who helped make Dayton the Land of Funk, died Saturday following a battle with cancer in Trotwood, according to an “Official Family Annoucement” posted Sunday on his Facebook page. Bonner, whose career spanned 56 years, died just shy of his 70th birthday, according to the post. “While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music and legacy, ” the posting stated.
The Hamilton native was the lead singer and guitarist of the Ohio Players since he joined the band in 1971.
Harrison said he received word of Bonner’s passing from Marshall “Rock” Jones and another Ohio Players band member.
“He was an extraordinary person, ” Harrison said of Bonner.
Dayton musician Ronald Frost, a friend of Bonner’s, said that Bonner will be remembered for his kindness and heart.
“He was one of the nicest people I have ever met, ” Frost said.
Frost’s father, keyboardist Ronald Nooks, is also a member of the Ohio Players.
“He was a good friend of my dad’s, ” Frost said.
Based in Dayton, the Ohio Players rocketed onto the international stage in the 1970s with string of funk hits, including “Fire, ” “Skin Tight” and “Love Rollercoaster.”
Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner d
Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner dead at 69
The Ohio Players had seven top forty hits in the '70s and helped to define a funk movement that included Parliament Funkadelic and
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died. He was 69 years old.
The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster," "Fire," "Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm."
On Monday morning, a spokeswoman for Newcomer Funeral Home in the Dayton, Ohio, suburb of Kettering said that the family hadn't scheduled any public services