For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein shares with us about our May 1991 show with the Ohio Players. We did five shows with the guys – were you at one of them? Tell us what you remember!
Growing up in England, I had a fascination with the Ohio Players for a couple of reasons: the song “Love Rollercoaster” was a favorite when I was a kid, and as I got a little older, I also became intrigued by their album covers – they were risqué to say the least. [laughs]
When we started doing the Groove Academy shows, the Ohio Players were obviously on the top of our list to bring out to New York. The group no longer had all the original members, but it still had Diamond on drums and Sugarfoot Bonner on guitar.
Sugarfoot was definitely a precursor to Prince and Larry Blackmon. They both pretty much stole from Sugarfoot – he was a huge influence for them.