Kool and the Gang









Kool and the Gang

made their first record while just teenagers from the Jersey City projects. Their style was considered as funk band music. They named their first record after themselves because they were full of confidence. Sounds just like a teenager, doesn’t it? They went on to produce a long list of fun records. Their songs were featured in films such as Rocky and Saturday Night Fever. When they were teenagers they studied music by Miles Davis and James Brown. They practiced jamming in basements, playing for others at parties. They were originally called Jazziacs and they were a quartet. The group consisted of Robert “Kool” Bell who was born on October 8, 1950 in Youngstown, Ohio. Robert played bass guitar. Robert ‘Spike’ Mickens was born in Jersey City, New jersey and he played the trumpet. Ronald ‘The captain’ Bell was born on November 1, 1951 in Youngstown, Ohio. He later started using his Muslim name Khalis Bayyan. He played the saxophone and keyboard. Last but not least there was Dennis ‘DT’ Thomas. He was born on February 9, 1951 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and he also played the saxophone.

The track listing for Kool and the Gang was, Kool & the gang, Breeze and Soul, Chocolate Buttermilk, Sea of tranquility, Give It Up, Since I Lost My Baby, Kool’s Back Again, Raw Hamburger, and Let the Music Take Your Mind. The albums they released were Kool and the Gang, Live At the Sex Machine, Live At P. J’s., Music Is the Message, Good Times, Wild and Peaceful, Light Of Worlds, Spirit of the Boogie, Love and Understanding, Open Sesame, The Force, Everybody’s Dancin’, Ladie’s Night, Celebrate, Something Special, As One, In the Heart, Emergency, Victory, Forever, Sweat, Kool Love, and State of Affairs.

Kool and the Gang made their mark in the music world and many will remember their music. They had many albums played in an era when rock and roll and jazz was very popular. It was a different kind of music back then but many people can relate to it. For the most part, it was easy to understand and every song had a story behind it. It was so different from the hard rock music. Many people did not like the hard rock music and much preferred the Beatles, The Eagles, Kenny Loggins, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and others that they could understand and relate to, in many ways, with their lives. Kool and the Gang fit into this category of music. They will have many people who will remember them as a part of their growing up years.