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Kool & the Gang is a highly successful American jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA in 1964. They went through several musical phases in their career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth disco ensemble, and ended the successful period of their career producing pop/R&B crossovers. Probably best-known for their single "Celebration", "Summer Madness" is a cult favorite.

Albums

Year Album U.S. UK Additional information
1970 Kool and the Gang - - Debut album
1971 Live at the Sex Machine 122 - Live album
1971 The Best of Kool and the Gang 157 - Compilation album
1971 Live at PJ's 171 - Live album, recorded 29 May 1971 in Hollywood, California
1972 Music Is the Message - -
1972 Good Times 142 -
1973 Wild and Peaceful 33 -
1974 Kool Jazz 187 - Compilation album
1974 Light of Worlds 63 -
1975 Kool & the Gang Greatest Hits! 81 - Compilation album
1975 Spirit of the Boogie 48 -
1976 Love & Understanding 68 -
1976 Open Sesame 110 -
1976 Behind the Eyes - -
1978 The Force 142 -
1978 Everybody's Dancin' - -
1979 Ladies' Night 13 -
1980 Celebrate! 10 -
1981 Something Special 12 10
1982 As One 29 -
1983 Twice as Kool (The Hits of Kool & The Gang) - 4 Compilation album
1983 In the Heart 29 18
1984 Emergency 13 -
1986 Forever 25 -
1988 Everything's Kool & the Gang: Greatest Hits & More 109 - Compilation album
1988 The Singles Collection - 28 Compilation album
1989 Sweat - -
1993 Unite - -
1993 The Best Of Kool & The Gang (1969-1976) - - Compilation album
1996 State of Affairs - -
2001 Gangland - -
2007 Still Kool - -

Singles

Year Title U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Dance UK Album
1969 "Kool and the Gang" 59 19 - - Kool and the Gang
1970 "Let the Music Take Your Mind" 78 19 - -
"Funky Man" 87 16 - - Live at the Sex Machine
1971 "I Want to Take You Higher" - 35 - -
"Who's Gonna Take the Weight (Part One)" - 28 - -
1972 "Love the Life You Live, Part I" - 31 - - Music Is the Message
1973 "Funky Stuff" 29 5 - - Wild and Peaceful
1974 "Jungle Boogie" 4 2 - -
"Hollywood Swinging" 6 1 - -
"Higher Plane" 37 1 - - Light of Worlds
1975 "Rhyme Tyme People" 63 3 - -
"Summer Madness" 1 35 36 - 17
"Spirit of the Boogie" 35 1 - - Spirit of the Boogie
"Caribbean Festival" 55 6 - -
1976 "Love and Understanding (Come Together)" 77 8 - - Love & Understanding
"Universal Sound" - 71 - -
1977 "Open Sesame" 55 - 13 - Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
1978 "Slick Superchick" - 19 - - The Force
1979 "Ladies' Night" 8 1 5 9 Ladies' Night
1980 "Too Hot" 5 3 - 23
"Hangin' Out" - - - 52
"Celebration" 2 1 1 1 7 Celebrate!
1981 "Jones vs. Jones" 1 39 33 - 17
"Take It to the Top" 2 - 11 1 15
"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" 3 17 1 16 29 Something Special
"Get Down on It" 3 10 4 16 3
1982 "Steppin' Out" 3 89 12 16 12
"Big Fun" 21 6 - 14 As One
"Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho" - - - 29
1983 "Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La, La, La)" 30 7 - 6
"Street Kids" - 78 - -
"Straight Ahead" - - - 15 In the Heart
"Joanna" 2 1 - 2
1984 "Tonight" 13 1 - -
"When You Say You Love Somebody (In the Heart)" - - - 7
"Misled" 10 3 - - Emergency
1985 "Fresh" 9 1 1 11
"Cherish" 2 1 - 4
"Emergency" 18 7 41 50
1986 "Victory" 10 2 35 30 Forever
1987 "Stone Love" 10 4 41 45
"Holiday" 66 9 - -
"Special Way" 72 - - -
1988 "Rags to Riches" - 38 - - Greatest Hits & More
1989 "Raindrops" - 27 - - Sweat
"Never Give Up" - 74 - -
2005 "Hollywood Swinging" - - 5 - Be Cool soundtrack
  • 1 "Jones vs. Jones"/"Summer Madness" - charted as double A-side in the UK in 1981.
  • 2 "Celebration"/"Take It to the Top" - charted together on U.S. dance chart.
  • 3 "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)"/"Steppin' Out"/"Get Down on It" - charted together on U.S. dance chart.




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