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Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang
Formed: 1964 in Jersey City, NJ
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Genre: R&B, Rap, Pop/Rock, Jazz, Other
Group Members: James "J.T." Taylor, Gary Brown, Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, George "Funky" Brown, Skip Martin, Odeen Mays, Robert "Spike" Mi..., ...See All
Biography: Formed as a jazz ensemble in the mid-'60s, Kool & the Gang became one of the most inspired and influential funk units during the '70s, and one of the most popular R&B groups of the '80s after their breakout hit "Celebration" in 1979. Just as funky as James Brown or Parliament (and sampled almost as frequently), ...Read full biography
Spirit of the Boogie
Released: 1975
Label: PolyGram
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Discussing Kool & the Gang in the early '70s, James Brown enthused, "They're the second-baddest out there...They make such bad records that you got to be careful when you play a new tape on the way home ...Read full review
Live At P.J.'s
Released: 1971
Label: Island Def Jam
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Live at P.J.'s, the third Kool & the Gang record (and second live album in a row), betters the previous Live at the Sex Machine with a committed set balancing funky workouts ("Ronnie's Groove") with more ...Read full review