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Original member of ‘The Ohio Players’ passes away

DAYTON — The original drummer and former leader of the Ohio Players has died, according to the The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center and family.

Greg Webster was the last surviving member of the original group, which originated in Dayton, according to the The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center.

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The legendary Ohio Players band, known as a pioneer in the funk genre of music was immortalized in April with a portion of a Dayton street named in their honor.

The Dayton-based band were honored with a stretch of West Hillcrest Avenue and Kensington Drive being designated as Ohio Players Way. The band owned a building and practiced near the intersection where the street was designated Friday.

The band was known for the hits “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” and was a member of the inaugural class of the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2013.

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