A woman is killed during the recording of “Love Rollercoaster” by Ohio Players

Posted on: December 15, 2008

The Myth

The Ohio players, a funk band in the mid 1970s, was considered one of the top bands of their time. This particular myth revolves around the song “Love Rollercoaster”. At the starting part of the song, there is a shrill and sharp scream of a womanlike voice. Ohio players is a band of male singers so when a woman’s voice is being added in seems to be accidental instead of deliberate.  Thus, many speculations regarding to source of the scream started.

The first version of the story states that when the recording is made,a woman is murdered by an intruder just next door of the studio or in the studio itself. The identity of the woman varies from the girlfriend of a band member and the cleaning woman.

Another version states that the scream is actually from the model of the album as shown below.

Honey Picture

Honey Picture

What happens is that the “honey” used is not actually honey at all, but some liquid plastic that somehow adheres to the skin, which when removed, peels the skin off. Obviously someone screwed up. The scream is from the model whose skin is forcefully peeled of as a result. Another version of the same story states that the model, who is harmed by the liquid plastic, threaten to sue. Then the manger(or somebody) stabs her right then at the studio, causing the scream to be recorded in as an accident.

The third version of the rumor is more normal. The scream is taken from a 911 call or a psychiatric helpline call in.

The Truth

Who better to bust a rumor than a band member? Quoted from Jimmy “Diamond” Williams, he said: “There is a part of the song where there is a breakdown. It’s guitars and it’s right before the second verse and Billy Beck does one of those inhaling-type screeches that Millie Rippleton did to reach her high note or Mariah Carey does to go to octaves above. The DJ made this crack and it swept the country. People were asking us, ‘Did you kill this chick in the studio?’ We took a vow of silence because that makes you buy more records.”

Here is a video on this rumor. The scream is from 2:01 to 2:04.

Last Words

In my opinion, the fact that the band hid this truth for selling more records may not be that honorable. They should at least clarify it ages ago.

Verdict: BUSTED!!!!!!

Case Solved

Case Solved

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