National Recording Registry Adds Titles From Kool & the Gang, Nas, Janet Jackson, and More
If ever there's been a year to make the case for the transformative power of music, it's this one. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and calls for social change worldwide, a new list of classic recordings join this year's National Recording Registry: Janet Jackson's 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814, which explores issues of race, homelessness and school violence; Kool & the Gang's buoyant single "Celebration"; Nas' game-changing debut album Illmatic and timeless children's titles Free To Be... You And Me and "The Rainbow Connection."
Kool & the Gang Co-Founder Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell Passes at 68
Ronald “Khalis” Bell, the singer, songwriter and saxophonist whose group Kool & the Gang became one of the most celebrated and musically eclectic funk bands in the 1970s and beyond, died Wednesday at his U.S. Virgin Islands home at the age of 68, a rep confirmed to Rolling Stone. A cause of death was not disclosed.
Kool & The Gang’s Robert ‘Kool’ Bell Launches Le Kool Champagne In New Jersey
The longtime leader and co-founder of the legendary band, Kool & the Gang, Robert Kool Bell, brings his brand of champagne to the group’s home state of New Jersey.
Kool & the Gang Look Back on 50 Years of Funk
A few years after a professional boxer relocated his family to Jersey City, New Jersey in 1960, his Ohio-born teenage sons formed one of the most renowned groups of all time with some neighborhood pals: The Jazz Birds. Doesn't ring a bell?
Champagne by Kool!
Robert Bell, bassiste et fondateur de Kool & the Gang, le mythique groupe de jazz et de funk formé en 1969, était à Dizy, mercredi, pour promouvoir la toute première cuvée Le Kool, du champagne Paul Berthelot. Le musicien de 68 ans, qui partage désormais sa vie entre la scène et les différents business qu'il a montés, est amateur de champagne depuis de nombreuses années.
Barack Obama travels to Disney to see Kool and the Gang
The New Yorker: Kool & the Gang put the fun in at Café Wha?
Last Thursday, four members of the horn-driven seventies-and-eighties hitmakers Kool & the Gang were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, at a ceremony in Manhattan, honoring an œuvre that includes “Ladies’ Night,” “Get Down on It,” “Jungle Boogie,” and the ecstatic wedding-and-bar-mitzvah anthem “Celebration.”
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Musical titans Bill Anderson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor p/k/a “Kool & The Gang,” Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp and Allee Willis will become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.
Billboard - Sexy
Kool & The Gang returns with its first Billboard airplay chart hit in 10 years, as "Sexy (Where'd You Get Yours)" debuts at No. 28 on the Adult R&B Songs chart dated Aug. 13.
There is a non-zero chance you've never been to a wedding, high school dance, or New Years party without hearing the original party anthem, Kool and the Gang’s 1980 classic “Celebration.”
Kool & The Gang, which was one of the most popular groups of the ’70s and ’80s and remains a strong touring act today, created many memorable hit songs.
The upcoming 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will feature performances by R&B/funk legends Kool & the Gang and English pop band Rixton, it was announced Wednesday.
Essentials from the group's vintage catalog.
Billboard - Soul Train Awards
When the silhouettes of K-Ci, JoJo, DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin appeared on the stage Friday night (Nov. 7), nobody over the age of 25 would remain in their seats.
Billboard - Keeping the Brand Alive
At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity.
Billboard - Gangland
R&B veterans Kool & the Gang will on Aug. 22 release their 23rd album, "Kool & the Gang Presents Gangland."
Billboard - Performing at 2014 Touring Awards
The upcoming 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will feature performances by R&B/funk legends Kool and the Gang and English pop band Rixton, it was announced Wednesday.
Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Kool and The Gang Medley on Jay Leno
Van Halen and Kool & the Gang as tour mates? The idea wavers between ridiculous and ridiculously awesome.
Robert “Kool’’ Bell was as surprised as everyone else when Van Halen asked veteran funk-soul-pop hitmakers Kool & the Gang to be the openers for its current tour, which hits the TD Garden on Sunday night.
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Midway through Van Halen's hour-and-50-minute performance at Scottrade Center Sunday night, singer David Lee Roth posed the rhetorical question, "Is there such a thing as rock and roll without complaining?"
At first, it struck fans of both bands as an odd choice. Kool and the Gang warming up crowds for the latest version of Van Halen?
Life has its enduring mysteries.
It’s a different kind of gig for Kool & the Gang.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The pairing of Van Halen with Kool and the Gang would have been unthinkable, laughable and potentially hazardous back in the late '70s, when Van Halen was runnin' with the devil and Kool and the Gang was grooving at ladies night.
Atlanta Journal Constitution
As with any Van Halen tour, there are questions.
The pairing of Kool and the Gang and Van Halen on the heavy-metal band's current tour makes perfect sense — both long-running groups have successfully combined stupid noises with musical substance while recasting cultural revolution in the disguise of simple-minded party tunes.
Kool & the Gang: One of the biggest bands of the ’70s and ’80s.
Arizona Daily Star
The unlikely pairing of the 1980s' top pop-funk band and top rock band is winding down.
The San Diego Union Tribune
Van Halen and Kool & The Gang?