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Kool & The Gang

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Jersey City, New Jersey, United States (1964 – present)

Kool & The Gang are a highly successful jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States in 1964, playing jazz. They went through several musical phases in their career. They also played R&B and funk, eventually went through a phase where they were a smooth disco ensemble, and wound up the successful period of their career recording tunes that were a mixture of pop and R&B.

The group’s main members over the years included the eccentric Englishman Chris Gair, brothers Robert Bell (known as “Kool”) on bass and Ronald Bell on tenor saxophone; George Brown on drums; Robert Mickens on trumpet; Dennis Thomas on alto saxophone; Claydes Charles Smith on guitar, and Rick Westfield on keyboards. The Bell brothers’ father was an acquaintance of Thelonious Monk and the brothers were friends with Leon Thomas.

In 1964 Robert formed an instrumental band called the Jazziacs with five high-school friends. They changed their name to Kool & the Gang and were signed by Gene Redd to his new record label De-Lite Records in 1969.[3] They first hit the pop charts with the release of their debut eponymous album.

Though none of the three singles from the album went far on the pop charts, their R&B success was swift and massive. Several live and studio albums followed, with 1973’s Wild and Peaceful breaking into the mainstream with “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging.

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  • JustAKayee

    Hollywooooooooooooooooooodd...

    27 Feb 9:49pm Reply
  • sofiefx

    Something Special is amaaze

    11 Feb 2:58pm Reply
  • EdisonSankt

    Kool yeahhh!!!

    24 Jan 10:37pm Reply
  • vsevolod1997

    summer madness makes me wanna blaze [4]

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rodrigoprestes

    Bela. Get Down On It - <3

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Alexeushka

    PERFECT MUSIC!!!! SHE`S FRESH!!!! XDDD

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    "Jungle Boogie" is the funkiest song I've ever heard bar none. Sorry James, Sly, Parliament, and who ever else, but Kool & the Gang has it.

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    Pulp Fiction didn't make them look like a one hit wonder...

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Alice_Ulrich

    they're too damn good [3]

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Orkan60

    Get your back up off the wall - Dance! Come on!

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Steambull

    Pulp Fiction's popularity made them look like a one hit wonder. Don't believe that hype - they made many great albums like Self-titled, Wild and Peaceful, Light of Worlds and Spirit of the Boogie.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK

    Koo'

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    How in the world can these guys be so cool? Funky music at its best!

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LopezLove

    Fresh <3

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ruthlinda

    leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeets have a good timeeeeeeeeeee!!

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Balciu

    summer madness makes me wanna blaze [3]

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    summer madness makes me wanna blaze [2]

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • steeldon

    summer madness makes me wanna blaze

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mamed76

    I'll go to their concert tomorow night. I've been waiting for this moment 24 years, since 1988. Unfortunately Taylor won't sing.....In 1988, Taylor amicably left Kool & The Gang to pursue a solo career and has released four solo albums to date.

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mahspears

    they're too damn good [2]

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
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