Ohio Players

Funky Worm

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The jewel of the Ohio Players' showcase prior to the Dayton band's blistering run of hit singles and albums on Mercury Records was this novelty issued on Westbound Records in 1973. Two integral parts of their Mercury success, James "Diamond" Williams (drums) and Billy Beck (keyboards) weren't yet on board; this group boasted the multi-talented Junie Morrison on keyboards and Greg Webster pounding the skins. Morrison's cartoonish granny voice is the star of this show; the groove isn't as funky (despite the title) as the usual tracks the Ohio Players made you bounce to. The public took to it like ants to picnics; final tally: number one R&B and number 15 pop, their best numbers to date.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Pleasure 1972 Ace / Westbound 2:40
Orgasm: The Very Best of the Westbound Years 1998 Southbound / Westbound 2:41
Old School Next Friday 2000
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:40
Sampled, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Virgin 2:38
Funky Breaks & Sampled Soul 2002
Various Artists
Music Club Records 2:40
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 4:10
Superbad 2004
Various Artists
Warner Dance 2:40
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Interscope 2:39
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Geffen 2:39
Nova Classics, Vol. 5 2004
Various Artists
Funk: The Essential Album 2006
Various Artists
Essential Series 2:41
Funk Fever 2007
Various Artists
The Original Eight Mile-Westbound Records: 40TH Anniversary 2008
Various Artists
Westbound 2:41
Nova Classics, Vols. 1-10
Various Artists
Radio Nova 2:36
Samples Outta L.A.: Funk
Various Artists
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