Gem City native ‘Rock’ Jones dies

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Players has announced that one of the band’s founding members, Marshall “Rock” Jones has died.

He played bass on such hits as “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” Of course, the Ohio Players formed in the Gem City, and you can learn more about the band’s impact at The Funk Museum Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center in Dayton.

Marshall Jones was once a board member and donated memorabilia. You can see one of his signed bass guitars along with gold records and photos from the late 70’s.

Jones was known for wearing a turban on stage and delivering bass lines that influenced many genres of music.

“A lot of rappers who’ve sampled the Ohio Players — Marshall Jones, “The Rock” as they called him — he did so much for the rap industry by playing the bass guitar. He enjoyed music, he enjoyed young people, he enjoyed being an artist, and we love him dearly,” saad David R. Webb, Senior President and CEO of The Funk Museum.

You can see the memorabilia at The Dayton Funk Museum. It’s open Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and is located inside the Northwest Metro Library branch on Philidelphia Drive and Hillcrest. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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