I’ve been listening to the Ohio Players a lot lately, and of course looking at the various super intense, super sexy jackets. Like a lot of great 70s R&B acts, these guys had been performing together for more than a decade. They had a series of hits and they remain pretty popular today. I think there’s also some version of the Ohio Players touring out there somewhere.
The three most memorable Ohio Players covers were probably Pain, Pleasure and Ecstacy, all released by Westbound within a couple years. After the group jumped to Mercury Records art director David Krieger from the Graffiteria and photographer Joel Brodsky were abandoned. Their later albums also leave behind the bondage-themed imagery of Pain, Pleasure and Ecstacy.
The woman with the shaved head on the early Ohio Players albums was Pat “Running Bear” Evans. I found an article about her on here. I couldn’t find much about her replacements, seen on later Ohio Player albums like Honey and Contradiction.
Honey is one of my favorite Ohio Players albums and it produced one of the group’s biggest hits (“Love Rollercoaster”). The model who replaced Pat Evans was Miss October 1974. Her name is Esther Cordet and her turn ons were flying and silver-grey haird men. Her turn off was “ignorance”.
The screaming you can hear on “Love Rollercoaster” is not her, as its sometimes suggested – Its actually piano player Billy Beck.
My favorite song on Honey is “Sweet Sticky Thing”: