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Published: Tue, January 29, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Ohio Players frontman ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner dies

CINCINNATI

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died. He was 69.

The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as “Love Rollercoaster,” “Fire,” “Skin Tight” and “Funky Worm.”

A spokeswoman for a Newcomer Funeral Home in the Dayton suburb of Kettering said Monday that the family hadn’t scheduled any public services.

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Bonner teamed up in the 1960s with core members of a group called the Ohio Untouchables to form the Ohio Players. The band had a string of Top 40 hits in the mid-1970s and performed for years.

A tell-all memoir by Houston’s mom

NEW YORK

Cissy Houston has a few words, and a few more, for Bobby Brown.

In “Remembering Whitney,” the mother of the late Whitney Houston writes that from the start she had doubted whether Brown was right for her daughter. And she thinks that Whitney might not have ended up so “deep” into drugs had they not stayed together.

The memoir comes today, two weeks short of the first anniversary of Houston’s death. She drowned in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 48. Authorities said her death was complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.

Vindicator wire reports


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