KOOL & THE GANG - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: KOOL & THE GANG (ROBERT "KOOL" BELL), KOOL & THE GANG (CURTIS WILLIAMS), KOOL & THE GANG (GEORGE "FUNKY" BROWN), KOOL & THE GANG (DENNIS "DEE TEE" THOMAS) - HFSID 199696
Sale Price $180.00
KOOL & THE GANG: ROBERT "KOOL" BELL, GEORGE BROWN, CURTIS WILLIAMS and
DENNIS "DEE TEE" THOMAS. Photograph signed: "George
Brown", "Be Sweet/'Forever'/Dee Tee", "Love,/Curtis
Williams" and "Robert 'Kool' Bell/Kool & the
Gang". B/w, 9¾x8 overall, image 9x5 (one surface). PolyGram Records
publicity photograph by Roberto Rabanne. Captioned at lower margin. Vocalist and
bassist ROBERT 'KOOL' BELL and his brother, Ronald (aka Khalis Bayyan),
founded the Jazziacs in 1964 with drummer "Funky" GEORGE BROWN and
alto saxophonist DENNIS "DEE TEE" THOMAS, as well as trombone player
Clifford Adams, guitarists Charles Smith and Woody Sparrow, keyboard player
Ricky West and trumpeter Robert "Spike" Michens. After first changing their name
to the Soul Town Band, the group became "Kool & the Gang" after a
Greenwich Village club owner mistakenly billed them as "Kool & the Flames".
Although Kool & the Gang began recording in 1971, they didn't have their
first Top 40 hit, "Funky Stuff", until 1973. They would later hit the
Top 10 with "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging" and chart on the
Top 40 with "Higher Plane" and "Spirit of the Boogie". After winning a
1978 Grammy Award for "Open Sesame", which appeared on the soundtrack for
Saturday Night Live, Kool & the Gang released Celebrate!
(1980), which featured their only No. 1 hit, "Celebration". Although they
had several other hits, including "Joanna", "Cherish", "Misled" and "Fresh" and
released seven consecutive gold or platinum albums, their popularity
diminished with the departure of vocalist James "J.T." Taylor, who had joined
Kool & the Gang in 1979. In 1986, Taylor was replaced by three vocalists,
including Skip Martin, Odeen Mays and Gary Brown (who are pictured on this
photograph). CURTIS WILLIAMS also joined the grou in 1986. Guitarist
Charles Smith (born in 1948) died in June 2006. Slightly creased at lower
corners, black mark at lower right corner. Minor surface creases and scratches
(not evident head on). Fine condition.
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