The Ohio Players formed in 1959 in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Originally named Ohio Untouchables, they were the studio house band at Compass Records.
Renamed the Ohio Players, the group signed to Capitol Records in Los Angeles in the mid ’60s. In 1972, the band signed to Westbound Records in Detroit and achieved commercial success, after which it recorded for Mercury Records.
Original band members are:
Leroy Bonner, Billy Beck, Clarence Satchell, Ralf Middebrooks, Marshal Jones and Jimmy Williams.
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Aliases: Ohio Untouchables
Members: Billy Beck, Bobby Lee Fears, Clarence “Chet” Willis, Clarence Satchell, Edmond Weeden, Gregory Allen Webster, James “Diamond” Williams, Joe Harris, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, Marshall Jones, Marvin “Merv” Pierce, Michael Jennings, Norman Napier, Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks, Robert “Kuumba” Jones, Theodore Robinson, Walter Morrison
Variations: Ohio Players, J. Williams/C. Satchell/L. Bonner/M. Jones/R. Middlebrooks/M. Pierce/W. Beck, Ochio Players, Offio Players, Ohio Players, The, OP, The Ohio Players, オハイオ・プレイヤーズ