Ronald Bell – one of many founder members of the soul-funk band Kool & the Gang – has died on the age of 68.
He began the band together with his brother Robert “Kool” Bell.
The band’s songs have been big hits within the 1970s and 1980s, and included Celebration, Ladies’ Night and Jungle Boogie.
Their music additionally featured in a number of movies, together with Saturday Night Fever for which they obtained a Grammy in 1978, and Pulp Fiction.
Bell died at his dwelling within the US Virgin Islands, together with his spouse by his aspect, his publicist mentioned. The reason behind demise was not given.
A self-taught saxophonist and singer, he based the band in New Jersey in 1964 together with Robert, in addition to Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown and Ricky West.
The band is best-known for its fusion of jazz with funk, disco, R&B and pop.
“My favorite track is Celebration…” Ronald Bell advised Reuters information company in 2008.
“I had no clue, you already know, I used to be clueless, pondering that that was going to be successful. I had no concept.
“But in any case these years, there are occasions on the finish of the present, once I see all of those folks singing a track, and in any case of an hour and a half, you ask them to leap up and down and so they nonetheless soar up and down. That’s type of overwhelming for me.”
The group obtained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for his or her contribution to the world of leisure.