The Ohio Players were an American funk and R&B band, most popular in the 1970s. They are best known for their double #1 hit songs "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster".
Gold certifications, records selling at least one million copies, were awarded to the singles "Funky Worm," "Skin Tight," "Fire," and "Love Rollercoaster;" plus to their albums Skin Tight, Fire, and Honey.
The band had seven Top 40 hits between 1973 and 1976. These included "Fire" (#1 on both the R&B and pop chart for two weeks and one week respectively in February 1975 and another million seller) and "Love Rollercoaster" (#1 on both the R&B and pop charts for one week in January 1976; another gold disc recipient).
On this day in Newark, NJ, the Ohio Players were the headlining act at the New Jersey Pac's Outdoor Concert Series. Many in attendance had never seen the Ohio Players perform live so it was a well anticipated event.
The opening act "Big Funk" was a very good band with their mixture of R&B and Jazz. The crowd really enjoyed them as evidenced by their applause.
However, when it was announced that the Ohio Players were going to take the stage next, many charged towards the front of the stage. No longer could anyone sit idle in their chairs because the crowd at the stage had blocked their view. But no one seemed to matter as long as they could hear the Ohio Players music.
From beginning to end, the Ohio Players delivered one hit after another and never seemed to miss a beat. They were entertaining, engaging and mesmerizing. In between the songs, the band members gave some background stories of their lives, their music and their belief in God.
The lead singer in the group today was not the lead singer who performed on many of the Ohio Players hit records. Nevertheless, this lead singer was just as entertaining as the rest of the group.
This was an awesome concert and if you get the chance to catch the Ohio Players in action don't miss out on an unbelievable musical experience.