Robert Bell, founder and composer of Kool & The Gang, dies at 68

Robert Bell, founder and composer of Kool & The Gang, dies at 68

The band was one of the most successful in the golden age of disco and funk music.

Robert Bell, founder and composer of Kool & The Gang, dies at 68

Ronald Bell, the former member and co-founder of the American funk band Kool & The Gang, has died at the age of 68 from undisclosed causes. His representative has been in charge of reporting the death, which occurred this Wednesday, September 9, at his home in the Virgin Islands while he was accompanied by his wife.

It was in 1964 that this self-taught composer, singer, producer, arranger and saxophonist founded Kool & The Gang with his brother Robert Bell and thus forged hits of the 70s and early 80s that became dance floor classics. like Ladies' night or Get down on it .

Among them is Celebration , which Bell co-wrote and which became a regular hymn at wedding celebrations.

Ronald Bell (Youngstown – Ohio, 1951) was also the musical director of the band, which had been born in New Jersey along with five other schoolmates. Together they achieved milestones such as the 1978 Grammy for their contribution to the soundtrack of the movie Saturday Night Fever , as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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