The founder of the 1970s and 1980s pop group Kool and the Gang Ronald Bell died at the age of 68 in U.S. Virgin Islands on September 9.
Kool and the Gang was one of the most popular and famous funk bands of the era, gave super hits including, Get Down On It, Celebration, and Ladies’ Night.
The band’s music featured in many films, including Saturday Night Fever, for this work the group received Grammy Award in 1978 and Pulp Fiction.
Read More About The Musician Ronald Bell
Ronald Bell was a self-taught singer and saxophonist, he founded the group in New Jersey along with his brother Robert Bell, accompanied by five schoolmates: Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, Ricky West, and George Brown.
Ronald Bell as a music director co-wrote their massive hits along with the Wedding Disco Classic Celebration.
The pop group achieved a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 and also included in the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2018, for their exceptional contribution to the world of music and entertainment.
Ronald Bell was born and brought up in Ohio. His father was a professional boxer and had close friends who were jazz musicians, hence by following them Ronald got the music fever.
At that time he couldn’t afford to buy drums and thus along with his brother he learned playing on makeshift instruments.
Ronald Bell’s work is still relevant in the times of hip hop culture and he also said in an interview last year with Billboard that, he feels very grateful to have had a career in music and his work is still relevant.
As per the sources, the family of the musician will hold a private funeral and they’ve requested his fans to donate to the Boys And Girls Club Of America, for the sake of children’s charity.