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Kool & the Gang Helps to Celebrate Good Times

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Kool & the Gang was a funk/disco/soul/R&B group that was formed in 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Through the years, the sound of this group changed from R&B and funk to disco and a mixture of R&B and pop. The members of Kool & the Gang were: Robert Bell a.k.a. Kool (bass), Ronald Bell (saxophone), George Brown (drums), Robert Mickens (trumpet), Dennis Thomas (saxophone) and Rick Westfield (keyboards). In 1969, the group released their debut album with the title Kool and the Gang; it had three singles. Even though none of these singles reached the top spots of the charts, the album did well due to its R&B sound. Kool & the Gang kept recording and releasing both live and studio albums but the one that broke into the mainstream was Wild and Peaceful, their sixth album, which was released in 1973.

In the late 1970’s, James “JT” Taylor became the new lead singer of the group and in 1979 they released Ladies’ Night, an album that includes the song called “Ladies’ Night”. This track represents the tradition of ladies’ nights in dance clubs and bars all over New Jersey. The only #1 hit of Kool & the Gang was “Celebration”. Some songs of Kool & the Gang are: “Funky Stuff”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Hollywood Swinging”, “Ladies’ Night”, “Celebration”, “Get Down on It”, “Big Fun”, “Joanna”, “Cherish”, “Victory”, “Stone Love”, “Holiday” and “Special Way”.

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