by Ohio PlayersOhio Players


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Upon the release of this album, the Ohio Players were at the pinnacle of their long music careers, which date back to the late '50s. This album produced the number one Billboard R&B single "Who'd She Coo." The rhythm arrangement and jazzy horn arrangement are complemented by a titillating guitar, colorful vocals, and a suggestive lyric. While the title is "Who'd She Coo," the chant is actually "oochie coo," but was modified due to its racy content. The ballad "My Life," with its rolling rhythm and frigid background vocals, shines with Leroy Bonner's agile baritone. Still on a somber note, "Bi-Centennial" sends a social message to the masses, and the title track is a direct reflection of life. Some of these compositions stray from the course with instrumental interludes, but that can be understood considering that the group was initially assembled as an instrumental band. "Who'd She Coo" was the funk ensemble's last number one hit, but they would return to the Top Ten on their album, Angel, with "O-H-I-O." Though there were competitive groups emerging, internal strife facilitated the demise of this pioneering funk band.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/1991
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042284834827
catalogNumber: 848348
Rank: 80031


  1. Contradiction
  2. Precious Love
  3. Little Lady Maria
  4. Far East Mississippi
  5. Who'd She Coo?
  6. My Life
  7. Tell the Truth
  8. My Ladies Run Me Crazy
  9. Bi-Centennial

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ohio Players   Primary Artist
Billy Beck   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,ARP,fender rhodes
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner   Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals
Jones   Percussion
Marshall "Rock" Jones   Electric Bass
Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks   Trumpet
James "Diamond" Williams   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Timbales,Vocals,Steel Drums,cowbell
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Flute,Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ohio Players   Producer
Barry Mraz   Engineer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell   Liner Notes
Jim Ladwig   Art Direction

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