Kool & The Gang

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Kool & the Gang are an American jazz, R&B, soul, funk and disco group, originally formed in 1964 as the Jazziacs based in Jersey City, New Jersey.

They went through several musical phases during the course of their recording career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, then becoming practitioners of funk and R&B, progressing to a smooth pop-funk ensemble, and in the post-millennium creating music with a modern, electro-pop sound.

They have sold over 70 million albums worldwide.

The group's main members over the years included brothers Robert "Kool" Bell on bass and Ronald Bell on tenor saxophone, lead vocalist James "J.T." Taylor, George Brown on drums, Larry Gittens on trumpet, Dennis Thomas on alto saxophone, Claydes Charles Smith on guitar, Mark Blakey on triangle and Rick Westfield on keyboards. The Bell brothers' father Bobby and uncle Tommy were boxers. They moved to New York to train and lived in the same apartment building as Thelonious Monk who became Robert's godfather when he was born. Miles Davis would drop by because he wanted to be a boxer. They played occasionally with McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Kool & The Gang Kool & The Gang 1
1972 Good Times Kool & The Gang 2
1972 Music Is the Message Kool & The Gang 2
1973 Wild and Peaceful Kool & The Gang 3
1974 Light of Worlds Kool & The Gang 3
1975 Spirit of the Boogie Kool & The Gang 3
1976 Love & Understanding Kool & The Gang 2
1976 Open Sesame Kool & The Gang 2
1977 The Force Kool & The Gang 1
1979 Ladies' Night Kool & The Gang 6
1980 Celebrate! Kool & The Gang 2
1981 Something Special Kool & The Gang 2
1982 As One Kool & The Gang 1
1983 In the Heart Kool & The Gang 1
1984 Emergency Kool & The Gang 4 4
1986 Forever Kool & The Gang 3 1
1989 Sweat Kool & The Gang 1
1993 Unite Kool & The Gang 2
1996 State of Affairs Kool & The Gang 1
2007 Still Kool Kool & The Gang 1
2013 Kool for the Holidays Kool & The Gang 1
Everybody's Dancin' Kool & The Gang 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Twice As Kool - The Hits of Kool & The Gang Kool & The Gang 1
1985 Best Of Kool & The Gang 1
1988 The Singles Collection Kool & The Gang 1
1990 The Dance Collection Kool & The Gang 1
1990 Kool Love Kool & The Gang 1
1990 The Very Best Of Kool & The Gang 3
1992 Steppin' Out: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang Kool & The Gang 1
1993 The Best of Kool & The Gang (1969-1976) Kool & The Gang 1
1994 Celebration: The Best of Kool & The Gang (1979-1987) Kool & The Gang 1
1996 Anthology Kool & The Gang 1
1998 Their Greatest Hits Rose Royce, Gloria Gaynor, Kool & The Gang & Tavares 1
1999 Funk Essentials: The 12" Collection and More Kool & The Gang 1
1999 The Best of Kool & The Gang Kool & The Gang 1
1999 The Very Best of Kool and the Gang Kool & The Gang 1
2000 Dejavu Retro Gold Collection: Greatest Hits Live / Unite Kool & The Gang 1
2000 Collection Kool & The Gang 1
2000 Get Down on It: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang Kool & The Gang 1
2000 The Universal Masters Collection Kool & The Gang 1
2002 Kool Funk Essentials Kool & The Gang 1
2002 The Funk Collection Kool & The Gang 1
2002 Most Famous Hits : The Album Kool & The Gang 1
2002 Most Famous Hits : The Album CD2 Kool & The Gang 1
2003 Gangthology Kool & The Gang 1
2004 Celebration Kool & The Gang 1
2005 Gold Kool & The Gang 1
2005 Het Beste Van Kool & The Gang 1
2007 Number 1's Kool & The Gang 1
2008 Greatest Hits Kool & The Gang 1

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