Robert "Kool" Bell
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Robert "Kool" Bell
|Birth name||Robert Earl Bell|
|Also known as||Kool|
|Born||October 8, 1950|
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, R&B, soul, funk, dance-pop, disco, boogie|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instrument(s)||Bass guitar, vocals|
Robert Earl "Kool" Bell (born October 8, 1950), also known by his Muslim name Muhammad Bayyan, is an American musician, singer & songwriter.
He is one of the founding members of the American R&B, soul, funk and disco band Kool & the Gang.
Early life and career
Bell was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Along with his brother, Ronald Bell, he began playing jazz & 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.
- ^ Bush, John. Biography of Kool & the Gang at AllMusic. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- ^ 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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