The legend goes that the girl featured on the fold-out cover of their Honey album was brutally murdered. Her screams can be heard at the beginning of their song "Love Rollercoaster".
As to exactly how she was killed and how the screams ever got recorded depends on who's telling the story. One thing is for certain, the scream sounds completely out of place. It's blood curdling - not something you'd expect to hear in the background of a lively funk song. Snopes has an audio clip of that portion of the song for those of you who haven't heard it.
Perusing the internet, it won't take you long to find a wonderful variation on the story. For example:
Whether the frightening screams are from the Honey model is certainly up for debate. Supposedly, the model is Ester Cordet, who was a stewardess at the time and the October 1974 Playmate of the Month. Apparently, she is currently married to this smarmy guy, Robert Ringer.
A girl wanting to become a model runs
away from her family. They never hear from her. The Ohio Players see her and use her for their album "Honey". The album cover depicts the model nude and kneeling in glass while drizzling honey over herself. The glass was actually fiberglass. When it mixed with the honey, it caused a chemical reaction, causing the fiberglass to be bonded to the girl's legs. She tried tearing it off of her legs, but only succeeded in tearing the skin off. This ruined her hopes of ever becoming a professional model. Clearly she was pissed off. So she ran into the studio where the band was recording "Love Rollercoaster". She was screaming at them, claiming
she would sue them for everything theywere worth. The band's manager dragged her outside the studio, and murdered her. Her screaming was audible, evern oustide the studio and the band left the sound there as "a sick tribute".
His bio on his website says: "Ringer is the author of three #1 bestsellers, two of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time. All of his books combined have been read by more than 10 million people worldwide." Not surprisingly, there's nothing said about his oft-naked wife.
Interestingly, the Honey model was photographed by Richard Fegley, who had also photographed Sharon Tate - another model brutally killed.... you see where I'm going with this. Embellishing urban legends can be fun!
At least there's one urban legend out there that Snopes hasn't demolished yet - the freakish face under the bed at the beginning of the conjoined twins comedy, Stuck on You. Kindertrauma has a nice little post on it. Click on the image to enlarge or go here to see an enlarged image that's been lightened to see the face better.