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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.

Maxim

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.”

Songwriter Universe

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.

Hollywood Reporter

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.

BET

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

Boston Herald

Van Halen and Kool & the Gang as tour mates? The idea wavers between ridiculous and ridiculously awesome.

Boston Globe

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?"

Star Ledger

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?

Toronto Star

Life has its enduring mysteries.

Toronto Sun

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.

Nashville Scene

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.

Denver Post

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?