In the Heart

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In the Heart
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1983
GenreR&B, post-disco, adult contemporary
ProducerJim Bonnefond, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang chronology
As One
In the Heart
Singles from In the Heart
  1. "Joanna"
    Released: December 17, 1983
  2. "Tonight"
    Released: January 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[2]

In the Heart is the fifteenth studio album by the funk/R&B band Kool & the Gang, released on November 21, 1983. The album became a hit and brought a return to the Billboard charts for the band. The hit love song, "Joanna", soared to number two on the charts in the U.S. and UK, and hit number one on the U.S. R&B chart. "Straight Ahead" was only #103 in the U.S. but a top twenty hit in the UK, while "Tonight" was a top twenty in the U.S.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
1."In the Heart"James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang4:03
2."Joanna"Claydes Smith, Taylor, Kool & the Gang4:20
3."Tonight"Curtis Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang3:53
4."Rollin'"Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang3:10
5."Place for Us"Williams, Taylor, Kool & the Gang3:42
Side 2
1."Straight Ahead"Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang3:31
2."Home Is Where the Heart Is"Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang3:51
3."You Can Do It"Williams, Taylor, Ronald Bell, Kool & the Gang4:39
4."September Love"George Brown, Taylor, Kool & the Gang4:39


  • Bass and Synclavier – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Drums – George Brown
  • Guitar – Charles Smith
  • Tenor saxophone; OB-X synthesizer; backing vocals – Ronald "Khalis" Bell
  • Lead and backing vocals – James "J.T." Taylor
  • Trombone; backing vocals – Clifford Adams
  • Keyboards; alto saxophone; Memory Moog, Mini Moog, and OB-X synthesizers, backing vocals – Curtis "Fitz" Williams
  • Alto saxophone – Dennis "D.T." Thomas
  • Trumpet – Michael Ray, Robert "Spike" Mickens
  • Horns arranged by – Kool & The Gang
  • Strings arranged by – Greg Poree
  • Concertmaster – Gene Orloff
  • Contractor (Strings) – Joe Malin
  • Chief engineer - Jim Bonnefond
  • Engineers – Cliff Hodsdon, Nelson Ayres
  • Mixed By – Gabe Vigorito, Ronald Bell, Jim Bonnefond
  • Mastered by – Jose Rodriguez
  • Producer – Jim Bonnefond, Ronald Bell, Kool & The Gang
  • CD Mastering - Joe Gastwirt


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Hanson, Amy. "Kool & the Gang: In the Heart" at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  2. ^ Somay, Errol (2 February 1984). "Kool & the Gang: In the Heart". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 414). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16.
  3. ^ "In the Heart > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Kool and the Gang". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Kool & The Gang – In the Heart". Recording Industry Association of America.