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Formed: 1959 (56 years ago)


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In the mid-'70s, the Ohio Players shot to the top of the funk world. Today, "Love Rollercoaster," "Skin Tight" and "Fire" remain classics of pure party funk. Now the band's biggest and best retrospective, first issued in 1995, has now been newly digitally remastered, using 24-bit technology, from the original sources--just in time for Black Music Month.

The remastered two-CD Funk On Fire: The Mercury Anthology (Mercury/UME), released June 18, 2002, offers 28 scorching selections, from full-length versions of all their top hits to several tracks from the vault which were unreleased when ... Read more

In the mid-'70s, the Ohio Players shot to the top of the funk world. Today, "Love Rollercoaster," "Skin Tight" and "Fire" remain classics of pure party funk. Now the band's biggest and best retrospective, first issued in 1995, has now been newly digitally remastered, using 24-bit technology, from the original sources--just in time for Black Music Month.

The remastered two-CD Funk On Fire: The Mercury Anthology (Mercury/UME), released June 18, 2002, offers 28 scorching selections, from full-length versions of all their top hits to several tracks from the vault which were unreleased when the original acclaimed Funk On Fire: The Mercury Anthology was issued. These tracks except one remain exclusive to this collection: "Piano Ballad (Just Right)," "There It Is," "Shady Lady," "Wonderful" and "More Than Love." (The live version "Alone" is now also included on the nasty OP live album, Jam.)

After a handful of early hits, the Dayton, OH, group signed to Mercury in 1974 and earned a string of nine Top 10 R&B singles. The strutting "Jive Turkey" (#6 R&B) led to "Skin Tight" (Top 20 pop/#2 R&B) before the title song from the #1 pop Fire album went #1 on the R&B and pop charts while its "I Want To Be Free," a rare attempt at social commentary, reached #6 R&B. The #2 pop Honey yielded their masterpiece "Love Rollercoaster" (#1 pop and R&B), "Sweet Sticky Thing" (Top 40 pop/#1 R&B) and "FOPP" (#9 pop and R&B). "Who'd She Coo" in 1976 was their last #1 R&B single (Top 20 pop) and "O-H-I-O" (#9 R&B) the following year was their last major hit.

Funk On Fire also includes the slow jams "Together" and "Honey," the rare Christmas recording "Happy Holidays, Parts 1 and 2" and unsung gems such as "Good Luck Charm." Other highlights include "Only A Child Can Love" (otherwise available only on the 1976 "best of" compilation Gold), "It's All Over" from Fire and both "Bi-Centennial" and "Far East Mississippi" from 1976's Contradiction.

From "Heaven Must Be Like This," culled from their Skin Tight Mercury debut, to "Angel" and "Body Vibes" from 1977's Angel, and finally to "Funk-O-Nots" and "Time Slips Away/Shoot Yer Shot" from their farewell album on the label, 1978's Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee, Funk On Fire spans five years of funk's finest.

The Ohio Players continued to record on other labels throughout the '80s but their chart ride had ended. A hit '90s cover of "Love Rollercoaster" from rock's Red Hot Chili Peppers returned them to the spotlight, however, and today they are back on stage getting down and getting funky.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

In the mid-'70s, the Ohio Players shot to the top of the funk world. Today, "Love Rollercoaster," "Skin Tight" and "Fire" remain classics of pure party funk. Now the band's biggest and best retrospective, first issued in 1995, has now been newly digitally remastered, using 24-bit technology, from the original sources--just in time for Black Music Month.

The remastered two-CD Funk On Fire: The Mercury Anthology (Mercury/UME), released June 18, 2002, offers 28 scorching selections, from full-length versions of all their top hits to several tracks from the vault which were unreleased when the original acclaimed Funk On Fire: The Mercury Anthology was issued. These tracks except one remain exclusive to this collection: "Piano Ballad (Just Right)," "There It Is," "Shady Lady," "Wonderful" and "More Than Love." (The live version "Alone" is now also included on the nasty OP live album, Jam.)

After a handful of early hits, the Dayton, OH, group signed to Mercury in 1974 and earned a string of nine Top 10 R&B singles. The strutting "Jive Turkey" (#6 R&B) led to "Skin Tight" (Top 20 pop/#2 R&B) before the title song from the #1 pop Fire album went #1 on the R&B and pop charts while its "I Want To Be Free," a rare attempt at social commentary, reached #6 R&B. The #2 pop Honey yielded their masterpiece "Love Rollercoaster" (#1 pop and R&B), "Sweet Sticky Thing" (Top 40 pop/#1 R&B) and "FOPP" (#9 pop and R&B). "Who'd She Coo" in 1976 was their last #1 R&B single (Top 20 pop) and "O-H-I-O" (#9 R&B) the following year was their last major hit.

Funk On Fire also includes the slow jams "Together" and "Honey," the rare Christmas recording "Happy Holidays, Parts 1 and 2" and unsung gems such as "Good Luck Charm." Other highlights include "Only A Child Can Love" (otherwise available only on the 1976 "best of" compilation Gold), "It's All Over" from Fire and both "Bi-Centennial" and "Far East Mississippi" from 1976's Contradiction.

From "Heaven Must Be Like This," culled from their Skin Tight Mercury debut, to "Angel" and "Body Vibes" from 1977's Angel, and finally to "Funk-O-Nots" and "Time Slips Away/Shoot Yer Shot" from their farewell album on the label, 1978's Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee, Funk On Fire spans five years of funk's finest.

The Ohio Players continued to record on other labels throughout the '80s but their chart ride had ended. A hit '90s cover of "Love Rollercoaster" from rock's Red Hot Chili Peppers returned them to the spotlight, however, and today they are back on stage getting down and getting funky.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

In the mid-'70s, the Ohio Players shot to the top of the funk world. Today, "Love Rollercoaster," "Skin Tight" and "Fire" remain classics of pure party funk. Now the band's biggest and best retrospective, first issued in 1995, has now been newly digitally remastered, using 24-bit technology, from the original sources--just in time for Black Music Month.

The remastered two-CD Funk On Fire: The Mercury Anthology (Mercury/UME), released June 18, 2002, offers 28 scorching selections, from full-length versions of all their top hits to several tracks from the vault which were unreleased when the original acclaimed Funk On Fire: The Mercury Anthology was issued. These tracks except one remain exclusive to this collection: "Piano Ballad (Just Right)," "There It Is," "Shady Lady," "Wonderful" and "More Than Love." (The live version "Alone" is now also included on the nasty OP live album, Jam.)

After a handful of early hits, the Dayton, OH, group signed to Mercury in 1974 and earned a string of nine Top 10 R&B singles. The strutting "Jive Turkey" (#6 R&B) led to "Skin Tight" (Top 20 pop/#2 R&B) before the title song from the #1 pop Fire album went #1 on the R&B and pop charts while its "I Want To Be Free," a rare attempt at social commentary, reached #6 R&B. The #2 pop Honey yielded their masterpiece "Love Rollercoaster" (#1 pop and R&B), "Sweet Sticky Thing" (Top 40 pop/#1 R&B) and "FOPP" (#9 pop and R&B). "Who'd She Coo" in 1976 was their last #1 R&B single (Top 20 pop) and "O-H-I-O" (#9 R&B) the following year was their last major hit.

Funk On Fire also includes the slow jams "Together" and "Honey," the rare Christmas recording "Happy Holidays, Parts 1 and 2" and unsung gems such as "Good Luck Charm." Other highlights include "Only A Child Can Love" (otherwise available only on the 1976 "best of" compilation Gold), "It's All Over" from Fire and both "Bi-Centennial" and "Far East Mississippi" from 1976's Contradiction.

From "Heaven Must Be Like This," culled from their Skin Tight Mercury debut, to "Angel" and "Body Vibes" from 1977's Angel, and finally to "Funk-O-Nots" and "Time Slips Away/Shoot Yer Shot" from their farewell album on the label, 1978's Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee, Funk On Fire spans five years of funk's finest.

The Ohio Players continued to record on other labels throughout the '80s but their chart ride had ended. A hit '90s cover of "Love Rollercoaster" from rock's Red Hot Chili Peppers returned them to the spotlight, however, and today they are back on stage getting down and getting funky.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.