Robert "Kool" Bell

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Robert "Kool" Bell
Robert "Kool" Bell in 2011
Robert "Kool" Bell in 2011
Background information
Birth nameRobert Earl Bell
Also known asKool
Muhammad Bayyan
Born (1950-10-08) October 8, 1950 (age 71)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
GenresJazz, R&B, soul, funk, dance-pop, disco, boogie
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals
Years active1964–present
LabelsDe-Lite, Mercury
Associated actsKool & the Gang

Robert Earl "Kool" Bell (born October 8, 1950), also known by his Muslim name Muhammad Bayyan,[1] is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is one of the founding members of the American funk band Kool & the Gang.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Bell was born in Youngstown, Ohio and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Along with his brother, Ronald Bell, he began playing jazz, and in 1964 they formed a group named the "Jazziacs". They began playing at clubs in New York City under a series of different band names, before settling on the name "Kool & the Gang" in 1968. He was one of the co-writers of the song "Boardmeeting" from the 2007 album Timbaland Presents Shock Value.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bush, John. Biography of Kool & the Gang at AllMusic. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Thompson, Dave (August 1, 2001). Funk. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-87930-629-8. Retrieved July 2, 2011.

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