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A blissful arrangement of jazz, soul, funk, R&B and pop coupled with the vibrant appeal is what defines this epic ensemble Kool and the Gang. By channeling their oozing talents and artistry into their music, Kool and the Gang became a group that would inspire the generations to come. Kool and the Gang has earned a pervasive international fame and critical acclaim by producing chart-topping albums and winning numerous accolades and honors. The band has been active in the music scene for more than four decades now and performs in shows and concerts even today. Buy Kool tickets and be ready to enjoy their greatest hits this season.
The band emerged as a pure jazz sound by the name of Jazziacs in 1964. The founding members and brothers Robert and Ronald Bell, along with other members made the band visible in the local music circles with their distinct musicianship. The group changed its name to Kool and the Flames in 1967 but finally it was named Kool and the Gang in 1969. The band’s debut album Kool and the Gang came out in 1969 and made it to the Billboard 200 chart.
The comfort level and chemistry between the band members boiled down to their collective music vision and guided them for their next music efforts. This harmony made their live performances memorable for the audiences. A number of their live songs were combined in their 1971 live albums Live at the Sex Machine and Live at PJ’s. The former reached at six on the US R&B charts and produced hit singles such as I Want to Take You Higher and Funky Man.
Kool and the Gang combined their music perspective and intellectual lyrical elements in their second studio album Music Is a Message. Garnering positive reviews for its rich material and music feel, the title track from the album also became popular. The next album Good Times was an extension to their understanding and love for music and it further strengthened band’s image.
Smoothly evolving with time, the band brought more funk-feel to their music in the mid and late 1970s. The next studio album Wild and peaceful was released in 1973 and turned out to be a commercial success. Charting at number six on R&B charts, the album also spawned hit singles Funky Stuff, the classic Jungle Boogie and the band’s first number one Hollywood Swinging. The song Jungle Boogie was also featured in Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning movie Pulp Fiction.
Following this remarkable success, came another hit album in 1974. Light of Worlds became popular for its cool sound and number one hit single Higher Plane. The album became the group’s second Gold certified record. The 1975 album Spirit of the Boogie propelled the band to new heights of success as it made it to number five on R&B chart and the title track became band’s third consecutive number one hit.
Blissfully mixing funk with pop and R&B, the band gave a new direction to its music and released Love and Understanding and Open Sesame in 1976. Both albums reached at nine and the title track from the album ‘Open Sesame’ became quite famous. Later, the song became the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie Saturday Night Fever and earned the band a Grammy. But this was just the start of the phenomenal success that the band was going to have in coming years.
Ladies’ Night was released in 1979 and became the group’s first album to top the R&B Charts. Its title track and the song Too Hot cracked the hit singles chart and eventually went Platinum in USA. The next two albums Something Special and Celebrate! came out in 1980 and 1981 respectively. The albums yielded hits such as Celebrations, Get Down on It and Take My Heart and were certified Platinum.
The band commercially outperformed throughout 1980s and toured in major cities of the country for a series of their live shows. After two successful albums that followed Something Special, Kool and the Gang came up with another grand record Emergency in 1984. Number one hits Cherish and Fresh from the album helped selling the album well and soon it was certified as a Double-Platinum record.
Forever, Sweat and Unite followed this epic record during 1990s and helped the band in fortifying their repute. The band revived itself during 2000s with its albums Gangland and Still Kool and also performed with a number of new and old artists. In 2006 the band was given NARM Chairman Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and in 2012 headlined its US national tour.
During a prolific music career, Kool and the Gang has sold more than seventy million records worldwide and produced over thirty Gold and Platinum records. Their passion for music and love from fans brings them to stage and the band continues to pack venues to date. The band will