|Death of Roger Troutman|
|Written by Westside ID132|
|Friday, 24 September 2004 15:37|
Brothers Roger and Larry Troutman, founding members of seminal ''80s funk outfit Zapp, were found dead Sunday (April 25) morning near their Dayton, Ohio recording studio in an apparent murder-suicide.
Musician 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 shootings.
"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 "Dayton sound."
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 colleague.
Copyright 1999 by The Associated Press
4,000 gather for Troutman funeral
Friends, family share memories of brothers
MONROE — Roger and Larry Troutman's funeral service Saturday unfolded much like their lives — a mixture of music and faith, joy and sadness, spirituality and love.
More than 4,000 friends, family and fans celebrated the brothers'' lives before saying goodbye to the two men, who topped the R&B charts but never became too successful to help the people of southwest Ohio.
Services were held in Solid Rock Church before the two were buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
Police say the brothers died in a murder-suicide April 25, when Larry Troutman shot his brother near the family's recording studio in Dayton before turning the gun on himself.
Rufus Troutman III, the brothers'' nephew, gave a stirring remembrance of the brothers, who were born in Hamilton, before singing “Amazing Grace” with Roger Troutman's trademark “voice box” synthesizer.
Mr. Troutman III seemed more preacher than musician, at one point calling for everyone who “doesn''t know Jesus” to come to the front of the church.
“I feel like this is a Holy Ghost party,” he said. “I know this ain''t on the program, but God ain''t got a program.”
Although there was no mention of the murder-suicide during the ceremony, Dr. Arthur Thomas referred to Larry Troutman's final act in passing.
“Larry Troutman was a creative genius who loved trying to make a difference,” said Dr. Arthur Thomas. “He fed the hungry, helped the helpless, carried everybody's burden.”
“Whatever is written or said, Larry Troutman made this a better world.”
Bishop Rudolph Pringle remembered Roger Troutman as a “natural-born anything.”
“If anybody knew what God is, Roger did,” Mr. Pringle said. “There are just no superlatives that can describe Roger Troutman.”
Roger “Little Roger” Troutman, 47, formed Roger & the Human Body in the 1970s. That band would lead him to Zapp, which recorded its first hit in 1980.
Larry Troutman, 54, started his musical career by playing percussion in Zapp, before eventually becoming the band's manager.
The brothers owned a number of business enterprises which funneled money back into the community and training unskilled workers for their construction business.