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Jonathan began playing on a marching snare drum at the tender age of six. By the age of eight, he began playing school dances, talent shows, and house parties locally. At age ten, Jonathan began playing in nightclubs with his two older brother’s band. “They’d sneak me in through the back door and I’d play the gig till 1:00 or 2:00 am. My parents said as long as I didn’t go by the bar, and my brothers watched me, it would be ok! I’d get paid too!! It was great”!! After about 3 years with his brother’s band, he joined another local group and showcased his gifts. In the years that followed, from age 12 to 23, he performed locally with several prominent bands throughout the region and built up his reputation, which led to his stage name, “Sugarfoot”. Then in January 1979, Jonathan drove out and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his goals and aspirations. After arriving in Los Angeles in January 1979, he was in contact with Jermaine Jackson and his brothers, and the groups, Undisputed Truth and New Birth. Formal requests from these artists were considered but Jonathan decided to join, The Jacksons. After just five weeks in Los Angeles, Jonathan embarked upon his first major tour with the Jackson Family in the spring of 1979.
Jonathan was a success, and two more U.S. Tours with the Jackson’s followed in the winter of 1979 and the other in the Spring/Summer of 1981. His career was off to an incredible start, 1982 was packed with two additional tours, one in the spring with Patti Austin and in the fall with the R&B funk group Cameo. The Jackson relationship again resumed for the massive 1984 Jacksons’ Victory Tour,which occupied the greater part of that year.
Join the COOL CRITICS this Saturday at 6pm EASTERN, 3p pacific and 5p central, as they feature the music of THE OHIO PLAYERS/Sugarfoot - give you some stats and data on him and touch on a few topics in the country. Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner passed away, this past weekend, (last weekend in January) and THE WAY I SEE IT with Jay King started off the tribute to a phenomenal guitar player and soul singer. 347-205-9366 on the phone, or right here on the Internet. Thank you for your support!
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Sunday 3/23/2014 6 pm Pacific time, join us as we welcome the legendary Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham!
Peter "Sugarfoot" Cunningham is a legendary figure in the martial arts community. Rated by experts as one of the greatest full contact fighters of all time, Peter is an eight time undefeated, undisputed World Champion Kickboxer. Paul Mazlak of the Star System, the world rating chart and kickboxing publication writes..."probably the greates technician in the history of kickboxing, Peter Cunningham is... becoming recognized by most ring experts as the greatest kickboxer of all time".
See Petra's full bio here on this website: http://petesugarfoot.com/Biography.asp?
Here's the show that started it all. Pre-Jay King Network, this intense show illustrates life in it's truest form. Provocative, EDUCATIONAL and entertaining. No subject is forbidden, and you will LEARN something while being captivated with the information and knowledge you can add to your mental library. Jimi Kent (also a Cleveland - I am - Founder & GM LT) joins Jay King and they both explore all worldly possibilities. 347-205-9366 2PM PACIFIC. Which means 4PM CENTRAL & 5P eastern standard time. What are you waiting for? Let's get it on, FOR REAL STYLE. THE WAY I SEE IT with Jay King & Jimi Kent!
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Greg Jackson: Artist, Songwriter, and Producer, Multi-platinum recordings. Solo Album debuts 2014
Born in Cincinnati Ohio, Greg started performing at the age of four when his uncle and aunts would take him to several school activities with them just so he could perform for their friends. At age fourteen, he joined a Cincinnati based band by the name of "The Soulseekers" (1969) who later changed their name to "400 Years of What" (1972).
After performing locally for years, he later hooked up with members of Parliament Funkadelic (1975) now known as the Original P. then move to Atlanta GA. While writing and rehearsing approximately a year for Original P., he received a called from Bootsy and his brother Catfish Collins (1976) asking him to join a band that they and George Clinton was producing by the name of Roger and the Human Body now known as Zapp since 1980.
Working with the Troutman brothers gave him an opportunity to not only tour the world, but a chance to share his musical ability by writing, producing, co-producing and performing with such artist as Roger Troutman, Shirley Murdock, Bobby Glover, New Horizon, the Human Body, Dick Smith, Sugarfoot of the Ohio Players, Bigg Robb and Dayton. Greg is currently on tour with Zapp and working with Troutman brothers (Lester, Terry and Rufus) who he has become their long time friend.
LOTLTHECOMFORTZONE Presents Steve Arrington. Debuts
New Album' Way Out ( 80 - 84 ) Steve Arrington has a framed picture in his basement studio titled “Something in the Water: The Sweet Flavor of Dayton Street Funk.” It’s a montage of the Ohio rust belt town’s musical pioneers. Some details are identifiable at first sight, like the exaggerated pompadour of Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner of the Ohio Players. There are legends in first name alone, like Roger and Junie, and two-syllable troupes Heatwave and Lakeside. Overall, it’s a mish-mash of sequins, smiles and afros. Dayton funk was a movement, and in life, much like in the picture, Arrington is in the foreground.
He was a drummer and lead vocalist in another renowned Dayton group, Slave, from 1978 to 1981, and his songs have been introduced to legions of hip-hop, dance and R&B fans through samples by Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, N.W.A., Masters At Work and even on Pitbull’s massive hit “Timber.” Arrington’s music, both with Slave and as a solo artist, helped create the blueprint of the 90’s G-Funk sound
Greg Jackson: Artist, Songwriter, and Producer, Multi-platinum recordings. Solo Album debuts 2014 Born in Cincinnati Ohio, Greg started performing at the age of four when his uncle and aunts would take him to several school activities with them just so he could perform for their friends. At age fourteen, he joined a Cincinnati based band by the name of "The Soulseekers" (1969) who later changed their name to "400 Years of What" (1972). After performing locally for years, he later hooked up with members of Parliament Funkadelic (1975) now known as the Original P. then moved to Atlanta GA. While writing and rehearsing approximately a year for Original P., he received a called from Bootsy and his brother Catfish Collins (1976) asking him to join a band that they and George Clinton was producing by the name of Roger and the Human Body now known as Zapp since 1980. Working with the Troutman brothers gave him an opportunity to not only tour the world, but a chance to share his musical ability by writing, producing, co-producing and performing with such artist as Roger Troutman,Shirley Murdock, Bobby Glover, New Horizon, the Human Body, Dick Smith, Sugarfoot of the Ohio Players, Bigg Robb and Dayton. Greg is currently on tour with Zapp and working with Troutman brothers (Lester, Terry and Rufus) who he has become their long time friend.
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One of the most popular funk bands of the 1970s and ’80s, the Ohio Players is back in the spotlight, this time emphasizing the distinctive voice and musical style of its frontman, Hamilton native Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner.
Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players will join Lakeside, Con-Funkion, Dazz Band and The Barkays Aug. 29 at the Soul Food Festival at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, and that’s close enough to home for Sugarfoot.
Although Sugarfoot was born in Hamilton, he hardly calls it home anymore. Since he left as a teenager, he’s only been back once, for a funeral last year, and just zipped in and out of town as fast as he could, he said.
“Everything I used to know has been gone,” he said. “I have too many bad memories about Hamilton and I don’t like to go back.”
But it was in Hamilton where he first started learning about music, playing harmonica on the street corners for change, learning his first few guitar chords from “some wino,” and sneaking into the Rendezvous Lounge when he was 12 years old to play with the musicians there.
But by the time he was 14, he ran away from his Front Street home, where he was the oldest of 14 children, left town and never looked back.
“We were poor and I wanted to go anywhere I could make some money,” he said.
He first went to Cincinnati, then to Dayton, where it was easier to make money playing music. There, in 1971, he hooked up with a band called the Ohio Untouchables, but when he joined as singer and guitarist, they changed the name of the band to Ohio Players.
Within two years, the Ohio Players cracked the Billboard charts and in 1974 scored the first of six consecutive No. 1 albums on the Rhythm’n’Blues charts, “Skin Tight.”
Marshall Jones from the Legendary Ohio Players will be joining us today.The band formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchables, and initially included members Robert Ward (vocals/guitar), Marshall "Rock" Jones (bass), Clarence "Satch" Satchell (saxophone/guitar), Cornelius Johnson (drums), and Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks (trumpet/trombone). They were best known at the time as a backing group for Detroit's The Falcons. On August 17, 2013 The Ohio Players were inducted into the 1st class of the Official R&B Music Hall of Fame. That took place in Cleveland, Ohio at Cleveland State U. The Ohio Untouchables broke up in 1963 with Ward leaving for a solo career, but the core members of the group returned to Dayton and the following year added Gregory Webster (drums) along with Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (guitar), who would become the group's front man. The group added two more singers, Bobby Lee Fears and Dutch Robinson, and became the house band for the New York based Compass Records for Vocalist Helena Ferguson Kilpatrick in 1967 who had just returned from Gershwin's European Tour of Porgy and Bess.
The group disbanded again in 1970. After again reforming with a line-up including Bonner, Satchell, Middlebrooks, Jones, Webster, trumpeter Bruce Napier, vocalist Charles Dale Allen, trombonist Marvin Pierce and keyboardist Walter "Junie" Morrison, the Players had a minor hit on the Detroit-based Westbound label in 1971 with "Pain," which reached the Top 40 of the Billboard R&B Chart. James Johnson joined the group at this time as vocalist and saxophonist. Dale Allen shared co-lead vocals on some of the early Westbound material, although he was not credited on their albums Pain and Pleasure..
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