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Official Family Announcement of the Passing of Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner

Official Family Announcement of the Passing of Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner I realize that there is a lot out there regarding Sugar's passing, but this is actually the official notification that I have gotten from the family.

I also think that it is most appropriate to talk about Sugar in conjuction with Soul-Patrol.com's kickoff for Black History Month.

Sugar would love the notion that his passing should be in synch with Black History Month....

Dateline: January 26, 2013 - Dayton, OH

Official Family Announcement of the Passing of Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner

Yesterday, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.

Sugarfoot, or Foot, or Sugar, was the founding and cornerstone artistic talent of OHIO PLAYERS and the face and sound of the OHIO PLAYERS brand, which he knit together and launched in 1964 with former members of The Ohio Untouchables. With a career spanning 56 years, he passed barely short of his 70th birthday.

Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts, lyrics, and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends. He will be missed but not forgotten as his legacy and music lives on. More details and an official historical perspective of his career will soon be forthcoming.

His Facebook page is available to all to post comments, reflections, and testimonials of this wonderful and gifted man: https://www.facebook.com/sugarfootsohioplayers

Scott M. Hanover
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--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com



Ohio Players 2 Hour Spectacular: Featuring a 45 min Interview with Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Varee Is Love, Funky Worm, Walt's First Trip, Pain, Pleasure, Ecstasy, Fire, Sweet Sticky Thing, Jive Turkey, Heaven Must be Like This, Fopp, I Want to be Free, Climax, Love Rollercoaster, Far East Mississippi, Who'd She Coo, O-H-I-O. Hosted by Bob Davis and ELP.

RIP - Goodbye Sugarfoot/Words of Wisdon From a Funkateer (I used to think that you were really cool)

Official Family Announcement of the Passing of Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner 1. RIP Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner

What I can tell you about "Sugar," is that unlike many iconic artists that I have interviewed wasn't someone who passed from the scene too early. It felt like the opposite. It felt more like he had cheated death and he knew it. He was just happy to still be here. You can hear him say this during the 45 min. interview we did with him: http://www.soul-patrol.net/ohioplayers_spectacular.ram

2. Talk about "Words of Wisdom???"
Take a listen to Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner in his own words in this 2010 Soul-Patrol interview, along with our friend Lawrence Perry. Sugarfoot really drops some "words of wisdom" about the history of the Ohio Players, the songs and how their music evolved out of a blues/jazz fusion. Also about culture and surprisingly the US Constitution.

Listen to Soul-Patrol's interview with Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner from 2010:
http://www.soul-patrol.net/ohioplayers_spectacular.ram

Ohio Players 2 Hour Spectacular: Featuring a 45 min Interview with Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Varee Is Love, Funky Worm, Walt's First Trip, Pain, Pleasure, Ecstasy, Fire, Sweet Sticky Thing, Jive Turkey, Heaven Must be Like This, Fopp, I Want to be Free, Climax, Love Rollercoaster, Far East Mississippi, Who'd She Coo, O-H-I-O. Hosted by Bob Davis and ELP.

3. Jive Turkey

For some reason the first thing that I thought of when I heard of the passing of Sugarfoot, were the lyrics of "JIVE TURKEY." Talk about some "words of wisdom"....

I used to think that you were really cool,
I used to think that you never would be nobody's fool.
Let me tell you baby,
You're a jive turkey.
Give me it straight,
Jive turkey,
Yeah baby,
Jive turkey,
Wow, wow, wow, wow.

I played hookie from school just to be with you.
I put my trust in you
'Cause you could do the do
'Cause you could do the do
'Cause you could do the do
I put my trust in you
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow
Give me it straight baby
Jive turkey, Jive turkey, Jive turkey,
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow
Lordy lordy lordy lordy lord
Hey, hey.
Alright get in the groove.
All you jive turkeys clap your hands.
Jive turkey, Jive turkey.......


--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com



Ohio Players 2 Hour Spectacular: Featuring a 45 min Interview with Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Varee Is Love, Funky Worm, Walt's First Trip, Pain, Pleasure, Ecstasy, Fire, Sweet Sticky Thing, Jive Turkey, Heaven Must be Like This, Fopp, I Want to be Free, Climax, Love Rollercoaster, Far East Mississippi, Who'd She Coo, O-H-I-O. Hosted by Bob Davis and ELP.

Concert Review: Sugarfoot's Ohio Players, (Masters Of Funk) @ Dell Music Center in Philly (July 5th, 2010)

Bob Davis, Sugarfoot and ELP backstageThe newly refurbished Dell Music Center (formerly the Robin Hood Dell East-Essence of Entertainment) is up and running and running. The venue has all new seats, a good but not great sound system (surely that'll work itself out as we go along) and some really nice landscaping. This will all make summer concert-going in the heart of North Philadelphia enjoyable while maintaining the same low-budget ticket costs of years gone by.

The worlds of soul, r&b, funk, jazz and even contemporary gospel will all joyously collide here and Soul Patrol will be on the scene giving you all some nice reviews of this classic black music. There will be two concerts promoted and produced by outside concerns called Platinum Productions. Kudos to Platinum Productions in keeping their promises of giving full access to Soul Patrol as we continue in our quest to bring you loyal Soul Patrollers reviews, information and images of the proceedings therein. Their other concert will feature Teena Marie and Keith Sweat.

The Masters of Funk are merely 2010's version of the old UNITED WE FUNK tours of the 90's and early new millennium. These tours usually cater to the 70's funk crowd and have included the likes of The Gap Band, SOS Band, Lakeside, Confunkshun, The BarKays, The Ohio Players, The Dazz Band, Slave and others that neatly fit into the post-funk-pre-hip-hop music that ushered in and subsequently ran concurrent with disco and the emerging hip-hop/rap scene.

Tonight's lineup was really no different with one notable exception: Sugarfoot's Ohio Players.

Having said that I now will get into a masterful yet truncated Sugarfoot's Ohio Players set. First of all let it be said here that Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner is easily one of the great soul/funk icons of all time and as it turns out a wonderfully honest and loving human being. His awareness of all around him and his need to include that into the context of his compositions both musically and spiritually make him one of my funk heroes. We interviewed Mr.Bonner and it should be up on the Soul Patrol site by week's end. I wont say anything else personally about the man because I don't want to take away from this beautifully conducted interview involving myself, Bob Davis and Mr. Bonner.

There's always a headliner of the actual Masters themselves. This band is the only band that shows up in complete and they take the stage as a band unto themselves. Other Masters Of Funk may perform with them but mostly it's just that band's set. This occurred before with The SOS Band and tonight this role was reserved for Sugarfoot's Ohio Players.

Weaving in and out of the Master's set smoothly, this version of the Ohio Players is soooooo good that it makes one wonder if we can get a Night with Sugarfoot's Ohio Players-all to themselves playing ALL of the hits.

As George Clinton, Stanley Clarke and Charlie (Uncle Charlie) Wilson have done previously Mr. Bonner has assembled some fine YOUNG (clearly no one over thirty) musicians. He's trained em, taken all of their chops and finely honed them to fit laser-like through the eye of a needle and in so doing has created a musical entity that comes as close to any of their recordings LIVE as any of the older Ohio Players groups have EVER done.

Ohio Players Onstage at the Dell eastThey KILLED Fopp, Skin Tight, I Want To Be Free and of course Fire. There was a new arrangement on Fire that was so hip and filled with musicality that it almost made me forget the original. They also played Love Rollercoaster. The crowd clearly was pleased immensely. It was clear from the opening notes that this wasn't going to be like OP shows of the past. The horns and rhythm section were TIGHT, Sugar's vocals were clear and lucid but unfortunately were often defeated by the system and most notably whatever the sound engineer was doing.

The problem here is that it's all a bit loud and with no distinction. The presence of really great musicians helps to overcome this somewhat with their musicality, dynamics and overall professionalism but in 2010 this should absolutely NOT be a problem of any note.

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Ohio Players 2 Hour Spectacular: Featuring a 45 min Interview with Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Varee Is Love, Funky Worm, Walt's First Trip, Pain, Pleasure, Ecstasy, Fire, Sweet Sticky Thing, Jive Turkey, Heaven Must be Like This, Fopp, I Want to be Free, Climax, Love Rollercoaster, Far East Mississippi, Who'd She Coo, O-H-I-O. Hosted by Bob Davis and ELP.

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net




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