LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a co-founder and singer of the group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 68.
Bell died at his house within the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday morning together with his spouse by his aspect, publicist Sujata Murthy mentioned. The reason for dying has not been launched.
Kool & the Gang grew from jazz roots within the 1960s to change into one of many main teams of the 1970s, mixing jazz, funk, R&B and pop. After a quick downturn, the group loved a return to stardom within the ’80s.
The group gained a Grammy in 1978 for his or her work on the soundtrack for “Saturday Evening Fever.”
Bell wrote and composed among the group’s greatest songs together with “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Summer season Insanity,” which was utilized in a number of movies together with “Rocky” and “Child Boy.” The tune was additionally utilized in a Nike shoe business that includes LeBron James.
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