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

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 Best Of Compilation 1
1988 The Singles Collection Compilation 1
1990 The Dance Collection Compilation 1
1990 Kool Love Compilation 1
1991 The Very Best Of Compilation 3
1992 Steppin' Out: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang Compilation 1
1993 The Best of Kool & The Gang (1969-1976) Compilation 1
1994 Celebration: The Best of Kool & The Gang (1979-1987) Compilation 1
1996 Anthology Compilation 1
1999 Funk Essentials: The 12" Collection and More Compilation 1
1999 The Best of Kool & The Gang Compilation 1
1999 The Very Best of Kool and the Gang Compilation 1
2000 Collection Compilation 1
2000 Get Down on It: The Very Best of Kool & The Gang Compilation 1
2000 The Universal Masters Collection Compilation 1
2002 Kool Funk Essentials Compilation 1
2002 The Funk Collection Compilation 1
2002 Most Famous Hits : The Album Compilation 1
2002 Most Famous Hits : The Album CD2 Compilation 1
2004 Celebration Compilation 1
2005 Gold Compilation 1
2005 Het Beste Van Compilation 1
2008 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
2009 Best Selection Compilation 1
2011 Icon Compilation 1
2013 Ballads Compilation 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kool & The Gang Compilation 1
All-Time Greatest Hits Compilation 1

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