Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner

Sugar Kiss

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Assisted by Roger Troutman and his Zapp brethren, Ohio Players guitarist and vocalist Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner went solo in 1985 with Sugar Kiss, released on Warner Bros. This was the same year Zapp released The New Zapp IV U (featuring “Computer Love”), while Shirley Murdock was on the verge of scoring with the Troutman-produced “As We Lay.” Sugarfoot didn’t enjoy similar success, though. A remake of Ohio Players' “Fire” was issued as a single and failed to chart, and the album didn’t make an impact, either. Still, in-the-know followers of Dayton, Ohio funk heard plenty to like, including the kicked-back first side, which is suited to Sugarfoot’s sly, easygoing voice and features the Mtume/Zapp-like “I’m Your Sugar.” Funk-guitar freaks might have been a little disappointed that the album is, for the most part, dominated by keyboards, with Sugarfoot providing the occasional rhythm part and a handful of solos. This is a Zapp album through and through.

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