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Kool & the Gang is an American band which flourished from the 1970s to the 1980s, releasing such songs as "N.T." (1971), "Jungle Boogie" (1973), "Hollywood Swinging" (1973), "Summer Madness" (1974) and "Get Down on It" (1981). They evolved from funk to pop music.

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History

The band was formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 by brothers Robert "Kool" Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They have undergone numerous changes in personnel and have explored many musical styles throughout their history, including jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop music. After settling on their name following several changes, the group signed to De-Lite Records and released their debut album, Kool and the Gang (1970).

The band's first taste of success came with the release of their fourth album Wild and Peaceful (1973), which contained the US top-ten singles "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging". Kool & the Gang subsequently entered a period of decline before they reached a second commercial peak between 1979 and 1986 following their partnership with Brazilian musician/producer Eumir Deodato and the addition of singer James "J.T." Taylor to the line-up. Their most successful albums of this period include Ladies' Night (1979), Celebrate! (1980), and Emergency (1984), their highest selling album with two million copies sold in the US. Their hit singles during this period included "Ladies' Night", the US number one "Celebration", "Get Down on It", "Joanna", "Misled", and "Cherish". The band continues to perform worldwide, including as support for Van Halen in 2012 and their fiftieth-anniversary tour in 2014.

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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