Ohio Players

By Lee Hildebrand

 

The raw, syncopated street funk that placed The Ohio Players on the top of Billboard’s R&B chart five times during the mid-1970s—and twice at #1 on the pop charts—had its roots in an earlier era of rhythm and blues. The Dayton-based band was formed in 1960 by Georgia-born singer/guitarist Robert Ward, whose distinctive style was influenced by gospel artists Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Howard Carroll of The Dixie Hummingbirds. Originally a trio that called itself The Ohio Untouchables, a name drawn from the popular series The Untouchables starring Robert... Read More

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