Good old 1975, the year I was born…and also the year that the Ohio Players album ‘Honey’ was released. One of the songs on this album contains a background scream which sounds like a woman in agony…
Let’s take a closer look at the Love Rollercoaster scream…
The song ‘Love Rollercoaster’, could be found on the b-side of the popular 70’s funk band’s album, ‘Honey’.
The song quickly became a worldwide hit, and numerous pop charts linked to numerous countries showcased it’s catchy melody…
But was there more to the meteoric rise of this popular song?
Did it have a little help from an urban legend that sprang up around it?
The Mysterious Scream
At approximately 2:32 into the song, a woman’s scream belts out from the background of the tune. Within months of the album’s release, the scream became a hot topic in the music industry.
Eventually, the show American Top 40 came forward with a theory…
The girl used on the front cover of the ‘Honey’ album was a Playboys Playmate named Ester Cordet. Her image has her spooning a large amount of honey into her mouth.
The photographers could not get the honey to flow in the correct manner for the image, so they heated it up…apparently a little too much!
The honey ended up dripping on Cordet’s body and severely burning her – the scream she came out with was somehow caught by a microphone in the recording setup.
But this explanation got changed and slightly twisted within months of it’s release…and eventually a new version surfaced….
Apparently, Cordet threatened to sue the band as she stood there in pain…and the band manager dragged her out of the studio and murdered her (and these are the screams we hear on the album).
The band witnessed this murder and decided to include her dying scream on the album, as a memento…
This would be a pretty cool version of events…but apparently Ester Cordet is still alive and well today!
A few more conspiracy theories rose from the musical urban legend – a female cleaner in the studio was murdered, it was the sound of a rabbit being ripped apart with a knife…or it was a sampled piece of audio that the band had picked up from a nearby asylum.
The Love Rollercoaster Scream
The band eventually came forward and claimed the scream was nothing more than musician Billy Beck performing an inhaling-type screech before he blasted out a line of lyrics.
The band had decided to keep quite due to the urban legend that the song had created – they would obviously sell more records with this ‘scream’ linked to one of the songs!
But it was an explanation that came MUCH too late…and conspiracy theorists still claim that the scream is a very real female scream of terror.
No law enforcement agencies have ever looked into this claim.
What are your thoughts on the subject – a band member’s inhaling-type screech or a true scream of terror?
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