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Music of Ohio

The Music of Ohio has long been a part of its rich cultural heritage.


  • Notable institutions 1
  • Notable musicians 2
  • Funk 3
  • Garage rock 4
  • Rock 'n' Roll 5
  • Indie Rock 6
  • Punk Rock 7
  • Pop Punk 8
  • Metalcore 9
  • Alternative metal 10
  • Power pop 11
  • Hip Hop 12
  • Country Western 13
  • Record Labels and Management Companies 14
  • References 15

Notable institutions

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland, Ohio. This state is also the home of four major symphony orchestras which are located in Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati, and Dayton as well as a "pops" orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops.

The State also boasts a strong music circuit in the Northeast including Suzie's Dogs & Drafts, Cedars West End and the late Barley's all in Youngstown

Notable musicians

Popular singers from Ohio include Dean Martin, Doris Day, The Isley Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Joe Dolce and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders.


During the 1970s, southwest Ohio, and Dayton in particular, was known for its stable of funk bands, including Bootsy's Rubber Band, The Ohio Players, Lakeside, Slave, Heatwave, Sun, Dazz Band, Faze O, and Zapp featuring Roger Troutman.

Lead guitarist, Michael "Kid Funkadelic" Hampton hails from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other member of Parliament-Funkadelic.

One of the hottest Dayton bands in the early 1970s was "The Magnificent 7" Very little has been written about them even though they performed for years at the "Diamond Club." Members who made up the band varied from year to year; Phil Mehaffey(organ), Vic Olekas(guitar), Guy Shelander and Dan Schultz(bass), Vince Disalvo and Ron Pauley(drums), Bill and Ron witherspoon (horns), Marvin Smith (vocals). Cleveland, Ohio Dazz Band, O'Jays, Rude Boys and Men at Large.

Another popular band from the 1970s and 1980s was Asphalt Jungle, popular in the Cleveland, Ohio area. They were regulars at the Smiling Dog Saloon and other Cleveland night spots. The band consisted of Benny Curlutu (guitar), Bruce Grant (keyboards and vocals), Bobby Oyler (bass), Paul Bigby (keyboards and vocals), and a rotating cast of horn players and drummers. Bigby cowrote "Funky is the Drummer", recorded by Joe Walsh and Michael Stanley on the Friend and Legends album. Curlutu went on to work with the band Clevelend, and Grant with southern rock band Jasper Mills from Columbus, with John Boerstler and Darryl Otis Smith (Artimus Pyle Band regulars), and Kevin Ball's Saints and Sinners in Nashville TN.

The Dazz Band is a former American funk music band that was most popular in the early 1980s. Emerging from Cleveland, Ohio, the group's biggest hit songs include the Grammy Award-winning "Let It Whip" (1982), "Joystick" (1983), and "Let It All Blow" (1984). The name of the band is a portmanteau of the description "danceable jazz".

LeVert is a dance group, formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1984, comprising Sean and Gerald Levert, the sons of O'Jays founder, Eddie Levert, as well as Marc Gordon. The Deele (pronounced The Deal) is an American 1980s R&B band from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally consisting of Indianapolis native Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds along with Antonio "L.A." Reid, Carlos "Satin" Greene, Darnell "Dee" Bristol, Stanley Burke, and Kevin "Kayo" Roberson. They have currently reunited in an incarnation featuring Bristol, Greene, and Roberson. Burke has also rejoined this lineup.

Originally raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Isley Brothers are an American R&B, soul music and funk group. They have had a notably long-running success on the Billboard charts and are the only act to chart in the Top 40 in six separate decades. In 2006, their most recent release became their ninth album to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. Over the years, the act has performed in a variety of genres, including doo-wop, R&B, rock 'n' roll, soul, funk, disco, urban adult contemporary and hip-hop soul. The group has gone through several lineups, ranging from a quartet to a trio to a sextet; they are currently a duo. the original group consisted of the three elder sons of O'Kelly Isley, Sr. and Sally Bell Isley: O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald, who formed in 1954 and recorded with small labels singing doo-wop and rock 'n' roll. After modest success with singles such as "Shout", "Twist and Shout" and the Motown single "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," and a brief tenure with Jimi Hendrix as a background guitar player, the group settled on a brand of gritty soul and funk defined by the Grammy-winning smash "It's Your Thing" in 1969. Canton, Ohio.

The O'Jays are a Canton, Ohio based soul and R&B group, originally consisting of Walter Williams (born August 25, 1942), Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, William Powell (January 20, 1942 – May 26, 1977) and Eddie Levert (b. June 16, 1942). The O'Jays were inducted into the [Vocal Group Hall of Fame] in 2004, and the [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] in 2005. The O'Jays (now a trio after the departure of Isles and Massey) had their first hit with "Lonely Drifter", in 1963. In spite of the record's success, the group was considering quitting the music business until Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters, took an interest in the group. With Gamble & Huff, the O'Jays emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), a pop hit, and topped the U.S. singles charts the following year with "Love Train".

Garage rock

Central Ohio and Greater Cleveland were home to a wide variety of garage bands from the 1960s, including The Outsiders. The Choir later added singer Eric Carmen and became Raspberries, pioneers of power pop in the early 1970s. More recently, the Greater Cincinnati area has produced The Greenhornes. Akron, Ohio has produced The Black Keys. Columbus, Ohio has produced the New Bomb Turks, Gaunt, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Scrawl and many others. Sinful Crow is an up and coming Southern Grunge band from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rock 'n' Roll

Indie Rock

The Black Keys originate in Akron. Karen O and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs met at Oberlin College.[1] The indie-rock band Cloud Nothings was formed in Cleveland, Ohio. Bitch Magnet met while attending Oberlin College. Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails from Cleveland. Indie folk rock singer Kramies is from Cleveland, Ohio. Mark Eitzel of American Music Club fame founded his first bands, most prominently The Naked Skinnies while living in Columbus, Ohio. Many critically acclaimed bands were stalwarts of the 1980s/1990s indie punk scene in Columbus, Ohio: Great Plains, Scrawl, New Bomb Turks, and Gaunt, to name a few. At the moment Columbus is seeing a renaissance in DIY/lo-fi bands, such as Times New Viking, Saintseneca, and The Black Swans. Athens is home to alt-country band Southeast Engine and nearby in Pomeroy former Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen owns and operates the Fur Peace Ranch. There was also an indie rock movement in Dayton in the early 1990s with bands such as Guided by Voices, The Breeders, Kilgore Trout and Brainiac. Cincinnati's indie rock scene produced much-admired groups, such as the Ass Ponys, the Afghan Whigs, and Over the Rhine, all active in the 1980s/1990s as well as current indie rock bands Walk the Moon, Heartless Bastards and The National. Why? was formed in Cincinnati by the Wolf brothers Jonathan 'Yoni' and Josiah Wolf along with Doug McDiarmid.[2] The indie rock scene also produced the Pomegranates, Bad Veins and Black Owls of Cincinnati who are currently active in the area. Walk the Moon formed in the Cincinnati area and To Kill a Monster, The Castros and Twenty One Pilots is from Columbus. Christian alternative band House of Heroes hails from Columbus.

Punk Rock

Ohio is known for a wide variety of punk rock icons from Akron, Cleveland and Cincinnati, primarily; these include electric eels, The Dead Boys, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, The Cramps, Rocket From The Tombs, Pere Ubu, Robert Quine, Rachel Sweet, Pagans, Devo, Zero Defex, Criminal Authority, Hammer Damage and the Rubber City Rebels. Hardcore punk had considerable beginnings in Ohio, most notably with Maumee's Necros and Dayton's Toxic Reasons. However, despite being an Ohio band, Necros played the majority of their shows in Detroit. New Bomb Turks and Gaunt hail from Columbus, Ohio and one of Columbus' earliest punk bands, forming in 1978, was Screaming Urge..

Pop Punk


Alternative metal

Power pop

Ohio has produced a number of famous power pop bands. Raspberries ("Go All the Way") from Cleveland and Youngstown's Blue Ash ("Abracadabra Have You Seen Her?") are considered seminal artists in this genre. Circus from Cleveland was also a major exporter of the classic Ohio power pop sound. The Bears (band) aka Psychodots aka The Raisins are also considered a successful Cincinnati band. The Girls! are a power pop band from Columbus.

Hip Hop

Country Western

Record Labels and Management Companies

There have been a number of record labels based in Ohio. Most prominent was King Records (USA), a label based out of Cincinnati that specialized in "Hillbilly Records" and "Race Records". Also prominent from Cincinnati were Jewel Records and Fraternity Records. Quality classical music is amply served by Telarc Records of Cleveland. StandBy Records operates out of Cleveland, Ohio. Independent label Off-Guard Records in Columbus, Ohio


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