Kool & the Gang Recognizes Longtime Legacy, Releases New Single – "Pursuit of Happiness"
By: Robert Kool Bell
Since the band's inception over 50 years ago, the legendary masters of funk, pop and soul, Kool & the Gang, have given music fans classic tunes from "Jungle Boogie", "Hollywood Swinging" and "Summer Madness" to smashes such as "Ladies' Night", "Get Down On It" and their first number one pop hit, "Celebration"
Co-founded by Robert "Kool" Bell with his brother, the late Ronald Khalis Bayyan Bell, Kool & the Gang earned multiple Grammy and American Music Awards with many of those award winning tunes being sampled by hip-hop artists through the years (A Tribe Called Quest as well as the smash hit, "Summertime"
"Measuring Kool & the Gang's influence is like asking what the influence of the Beatles was over pop music - it's impossible to pull it apart," said record producer Mark Ronson (of Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" fame) to Rolling Stone magazine in 2020. "Anybody who has played in a funk band or DJ'd had Kool & the Gang in their DNA for so long."
As the band honored the 40th anniversary this year of their first number one pop hit, "Celebration"
Robert "Kool" Bell continues to lead the group as they're recently signed with Omnivore Recordings. Kool & the Gang's forthcoming new album, "Perfect Union", is slated for release in 2021
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