Roger Troutman Fatally Shot
The Ohio Musician Had Several Hits Including
'More Bounce To The Ounce'
DAYTON, Ohio, Posted 6:45 a.m. April 26, 1999 --
R&B recording artist musician Roger
Troutman was shot to death this weekend, possibly by his brother,
in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
Troutman, of the rock-funk group Roger & Zapp,
was found outside his northwest Dayton
recording studio around 7 a.m. Sunday. The 47-year-old
Dayton resident had been shot several times in the torso and died
while in surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center, police
Sgt. Gary White said.
His brother, Larry Troutman, 54, was found dead
in a car a few blocks away with a
gunshot wound to the head, police said. A handgun was found
inside the car, which matched the description of a car leaving the scene
of Roger Troutman's shooting, White said.
"Detectives are investigating it as an apparent
murder-suicide," city police Sgt. Tom
Rhea said Sunday night.
White said investigators could know by Tuesday
whether the gun was used in both
"Family members have been interviewed. They can
offer no reason or motive for this
double shooting," White said.
The brothers, natives of Hamilton, were part of
the Troutman family of performers that
formed the 1970s band Zapp and helped pioneer the rock-funk
Zapp, whose membership evolved during the 1980s
from the original all-Troutman-brother
lineup, released its last album of new material in 1989.
Roger & Zapp, artists with Warner Brothers, were
known for the 1980 hit "More Bounce To
The Ounce." The song was part of the band's self-titled
debut album that hit the pop top 20 in 1980.
Roger Troutman eventually went solo, recording
under the name "Roger." He hit No. 1 in
1987 with the single "I Want to Be Your Man."
Roger Troutman also recorded "California Love,"
a Grammy-nominated collaboration with hip-hop superstars Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre. He released
a greatest-hits album in 1996.
Larry Troutman left performing in the mid-'80s
to manage the Roger & Zapp group full
time and assume the presidency of the growing Dayton-based
Troutman Enterprises, which included three recording studios,
real-estate ventures and contracting.
"Roger, he was unique," said Ohio Players drummer and leader Diamond Williams.
"Very, very talented. The world has lost a truly talented entertainer
by another senseless act."
Cincinnati native Bootsy Collins, bass player with Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member Parliament-Funkadelic, said he would miss his friend and former
Copyright 1999 by The Associated Press