Kool & The Gang

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Kool & the Gang

Kool & The Gang
Background information
Origin Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Funk
Soul
Disco
Boogie
Dance-pop
Contemporary R&B
Years active 1969–present
Labels De-Lite, Mercury
Website www.koolandthegang.com
Members
Robert "Kool" Bell
Ronald Bell (Khalis Bayyan)
George Brown
Dennis Thomas
Clifford Adams
Sonnie "Skip" Martin
Shawn McQuiller
Rodney Ellis
Jirmad Gordon and Curtis "Fitz" Williams
Past members
James "J.T." Taylor
Rick Westfield (deceased)
Claydes Charles Smith (deceased)
Robert "Spike" Mickens (deceased)

Kool & The Gang is a crossover R&B-pop band from Jersey City, USA. They were formed in 1964 as a jazz band called The Jazziacs. In 1969 they signed to De-Lite Records and published their self-named album.

In late 1970s they switched from pure deep funk to disco and they were more successful.

In band there is Robert Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Clifford Adams, James Taylor, Sonnie Martin, Rodney Ellis, Jirmad Gordon, and Shawn McQuiller.

Their song "Jungle Boogie" appears in 1994 movie Pulp Fiction.

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

  • 1975: Spirit of the Boogie (US #48)
  • 1979: Ladies Night (US #13)
  • 1981: Something Special (US #12, UK #10)
  • 1983: In The Heart (US #29, UK #18)
  • 1984: Emergency (US #13)

Songs[change | change source]

  • 1974: "Jungle Boogie" (US #4, US R&B #2)
  • 1979: "Ladies' Night" (US #8, US R&B #1, UK #9)
  • 1980: "Celebration" (US #1, US R&B #1, UK #7)
  • 1981: "Get Down On It" (US #10, US R&B #4, UK #3)
  • 1982: "Hi-De-Hi, Hi-De-Ho" (UK #29)
  • 1984: "Tonight" (US #13, US R&B #1)
  • 1985: "Fresh" (US #9, US R&B #1, UK #11)