Ohio Players

Love Rollercoaster

Composed by Billy Beck / Clarence "Satch" Satchell / James "Diamond" Williams / Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner / Marshall "Rock" Jones / Marvin Pierce / Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks

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"Love Rollercoaster" is probably the one song which is most identified with the Ohio Players. It's been a staple of DJ rotation since its release; it's been sampled to death and, in the late '90s, the Intel Corporation used the song to help sell its Pentium processors. Clearly, its versatility knows no bounds -- and it never has. Issued in 1975, it proved an instant crossover smash, slamming to the top of both the R&B and pop charts. "Love Rollercoaster," the band insist, was created in the aftermath of a turbulent air flight, although it also spawned the now-classic urban myth that the screams buried deep within instrumental break were the real-life sounds of a girl dying in the studio next door. Hastily, the band quashed the misinformation before the ride was irrevocably tainted -- those wild yells were actually the work of keyboardist William Beck. Such confusion notwithstanding, "Love Rollercoaster"'s classic circular rhythm, unmistakable guitar, and choral repetition are all vital hallmarks of the Players' wildest ride. But it's Leroy Bonner's outstanding vocal chops that really bring the song together, a unique style which would re-emerge, years later, in the equally defining styles of acolytes ranging from Prince and Cameo's Larry Blackmon to newer hip-hop/funk pioneers Outkast.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Honey 1975 Inactive / Mercury 4:50
No Image 1975 DTS Entertainment 4:48
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Sounds of the Seventies: Seventies Generation 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
Old School, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:52
The Story of Soul Music 1995
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:45
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority
Class Reunion 1975: Greatest Hits of 1975 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:54
Funk on Fire: The Mercury Anthology 1995 Mercury / Universal Distribution 4:47
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 17 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
Ol' School 1996 Castle Music Ltd.
Jam 1996
Jam
Mercury 5:57
Old School, Vols. 1-5 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:50
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
Old School Mixx, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:28
Pure Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 2:54
Dance Funk 1997
Various Artists
Digital 4:15
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
Sweet Sticky Thing 1998 CEMA Special Markets
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 70s 1998
Various Artists
Priority
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
Millennium Party: Funk 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
Ultimate Driving Collection: Traffic Jammin' 1998
Various Artists
Island 4:45
Urban Legend 1998
Original Soundtrack
Milan 4:51
Best Songs Of All Time: Funk, Soul + R&B, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
HMV
Only Soul 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:50
Bring on Da Funk, Vol. 5: Da Jams 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment / Intersound 6:31
Greatest Hits 1999 Universal
Best of the Best: 70's Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 2:53
No Image 1999
Various Artists
JDC Records / Koch
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1976 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Ohio Players 2000 Mercury 4:53
Legends of Music: Soul of the 70s, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Legends of Music Collection 4:47
Party Starter Level 1: The Classics 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 2:54
Love Funk: 12 Classic Funk Hits 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O / Interscope 2:52
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Experience Music Project
Funk from Da Old School 2001
Various Artists
DM Records 3:26
Instant Party: Hot! Hot! Hot! 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
Pure Soul Power 2001
Various Artists
UTV / Uptown/Universal 2:53
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:52
Selections from Can You Dig It?: The '70's Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
Solid Gold Funk 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
Ultimate Power of Body & Soul 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:47
Just the Funk '70s 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:44
Original Artist Hit List 2003 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 6:38
Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:54
Supa Funky, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 2:48
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:45
Disco for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 4:44
Uncovered [EMI] 2003
Various Artists
Family Recordings 2:49
On Tour 2003 Mastersong 6:41
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Funk 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 4:50
Throwback Funk 2004
Various Artists
Intersound 4:57
Funk Explosion 2004
Various Artists
Koch 4:46
Ultimate Funk [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:53
'70s [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal / USM 4:45
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory/TJL 2:53
Funk Comes A-Live 2005
Various Artists
Intersound 6:36
Funk Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:49
Love Rollercoaster: Anthology 2005 Goldenlane / Cleopatra 4:53
Ultimate 16: Ultimate Funk 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:53
Ultimate Hits: Ultimate Disco 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:54
Old School Soul Party Live [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
My/Shout! Factory/TJL
Classic 70s Soul: The Definitive Rhythm And Blues Collection [KRB] 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 4:48
20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection: The Best of Disco, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal 2:57
The Greatest Funk Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:46
Gold: Old School Jams 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:47
Live! 2007 KRB 4:59
Body and Soul: Funky Love 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:54
Honey/Contradiction 2007 Beat Goes On 4:49
Prime 17: The Greatest Funk Songs of All Time 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:47
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
The Mercury Years 1974-1978 2007 Universal 4:57
True Disco 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 4:46
Semi-Pro 2008
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 4:49
Gold [2008] 2008 Island / Island/Mercury / Mercury 4:48
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Seventies 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:46
Old School Party Pack 2008
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:52
Don't Quit Music: Sweating Disco Dance Party 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:49
The Best of 1976: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal 4:49
K-Tel Presents: Super Bad 2009
Various Artists
Micro Werks / Micro Werks/K-Tel 4:51
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
We Love the Nightlife: Dance Dance Dance 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:52
Live 1977 2013 Cleopatra 8:43
Icon 2014 Mercury / Universal 4:47
20 #1's: Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
UME Imports / Universal 4:47
Body By Jake: Sweating Disco Dance Party
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:49
Discomix
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:44
Downtown Funk
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 2:52
Funk [UMTV]
Various Artists
Universal 4:48
No Image
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:52
Roller Rink Rewind
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Universal Music / Warner Music 4:47
Semi-Pro: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Original Soundtrack
Watertower Music 4:49
The Best of Disco & Funk
Various Artists
Universal 4:44
The Ultimate Collection: 70s Schooldays
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 4:44
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:53
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