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), Kool & the Gang relied on their jazz backgrounds and long friendship to form a tightly knit group with the interplay and improvisation of a jazz outfit, plus the energy and spark of a band with equal ties to soul, R&B, and funk.Robert 'Kool' Bell and his brother Ronald (or Khalis Bayyan) grew up in Jersey City, NJ, and picked up the music bug from their father. A professional boxer, he was also a serious jazz lover and a close friend of Thelonious Monk.
Formed in Jersey City, N.J., in the mid-'60s, Kool & the Gang began as a group of high school friends playing under the name Jazziacs. The band cut its teeth in New York City clubs, and by the '70s, the jazz- funk- R&B- pop Frankenstein of an act was generating songs with the power to forcibly remove asses from chairs and onto dance floors. Bill probably will not feel comforted by her reassurance that she still remembers 'the good times', certainly not if he didn't realise there had been bad times. Kool & the Gang - Too Hot.mp3 Kids, don't get married too young. Kool (yeah, I know, it's really J.T.) doesn't quite understand how or why everything changed. Spirit of the Boogie (song) 'Spirit of the Boogie' is a funk/soul song recorded by Kool & the Gang as the title track for their 1975 album. It was their third single to top the soul singles chart in the U.S., and was their fourth Top 40 hit, peaking at number thirty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the way that great bands of the past often had an extended incubation period before they made their full national and international breakthrough. Were a major name on the R&B circuit and regulars in the American soul charts for fully a decade before they won the hearts of millions more fans.
Their earliest incarnation went back even five years further than that.Our playlist commemorates a catalogue that, for two complete decades from the end of the 1960s onwards, played a major part in shaping the sound of crossover soul in those tumultuous years. It covers the evolution of the group from New Jersey City, including countless major pop crossovers and a proud total of nine No. 1 R&B singles.The group continues to tour with no fewer than four members who were there in those nascent days of 1964, including Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and his brother Ronald. Indeed, in 2016, they enjoyed their first airplay chart action in a decade, as their single ‘Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours)’ entered Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs in August. You can hear that song, and check out the current line-up’s tour schedule,.Back in 1969, Kool and co were making their first chart inroads with a modest R&B chart placing for their self-titled debut album on the De-Lite label, and a top 20 ranking for its lead single, also called ‘Kool and the Gang.’ We then pick up the story in 1973, when the fearlessly funk-filled ‘Funky Stuff’ became their first top ten soul single, and a top 30 pop entry.That started a run of huge 45s including their first major US pop crossover ‘Jungle Boogie,’ before consecutive R&B No. 1s with ‘Hollywood Swinging’ and ‘Higher Plane’ in 1974, and another the following year with ‘Spirit Of The Boogie.’ After ‘Open Sesame’ confirmed their emerging profile when it was included on the multi-million-selling Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the group’s oft-changing line-up welcomed new frontman James ‘JT’ Taylor in 1977.
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Soon, their new era of international acclaim was upon them.1979’s Ladies’ Night album, produced by Eumir Deodato, saw Kool & the Gang embody the mainstream disco sound, as on the anthemic title track, while developing a smooth soul persona with ‘Too Hot.’ International audiences now loved them, especially in the UK, where they became fixtures on Top Of The Pops and were rarely out of the charts in the first half of the ’80s.That ability to take the tempo up (‘Celebration,’ ‘Get Down On It,’ ‘Let’s Go Dancin’ (Ooh La La La)’ and then effortlessly down again (‘Jones Vs. Jones,’ ‘Joanna,’ ‘Cherish’) made the group one of the absolute mainstays of both pop clubs and radio playlists for many years to come. The playlist concludes with their R&B No. 2 of 1986, ‘Victory,’ and their final soul top tenner of the following year, ‘Holiday.’ It’s a Kool & the Gang celebration.Follow the official playlist. Digital serial number.