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Robert "Kool" Bell

Robert "Kool" Bell
Robert "Kool" Bell in 2011
Background information
Birth name Robert Earl Bell
Also known as Kool
Muhammad Bayyan
Born (1950-10-08) October 8, 1950
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Jazz, R&B, soul, funk, dance-pop, disco, boogie
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active 1964–present
Labels De-Lite, Mercury
Associated acts Kool & the Gang,
Atomic Kitten

Robert Earl "Kool" Bell (born October 8, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the founding member of the jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco band, Kool & the Gang.[1]

Contents

  • Early life and career 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life and career

Bell was born in Youngstown, Ohio and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Along with his brother, Ronald Bell, he began playing jazz, and in 1964 they formed a group named the "Jazziacs". They began playing at clubs in New York City under a series of different band names, before settling on the name "Kool & the Gang" in 1968. He is one of the co-writers of the song "Boardmeeting" from the 2007 album Timbaland Presents Shock Value.

See also

References

  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2001-08-01). Funk. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 149–.  

External links


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