Monday, November 17, 2008
Formed by Ronald Bell originally as The Jazziacs, by 1969 they were called Kool and the Gang. They quickly started their own record label, De-lite. Without a lead singer, they produced funk songs from the late sixties to the early seventies with minimal vocals. This phase included releases like "Kool and the Gang", "Pneumonia", "Kool it", "Dujii", "Who's gonna take the weight" and "Chocolate buttermilk".
They hit the pop chart in 1973 and initiated a run of 19 stateside Top 40 hits on their own De-Lite label starting with "Funky Stuff", a feat consolidated the following year with a couple of Top 10 hits, "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging". They continued to enjoy success although their popularity momentarily wavered in the latter half of the 70s as the prominence of disco strengthened.
One of their best tracks, "Dujii", below.