Robert "Kool" Bell

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Robert "Kool" Bell
Robert bell of kool and the gang.jpg
Robert "Kool" Bell in 2011
Background information
Birth name Robert Earl Bell
Also known as Kool
Muhammad Bayyan
Born (1950-10-08) October 8, 1950 (age 65)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Jazz, R&B, soul, funk, dance-pop, disco, boogie
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active 1964–present
Labels De-Lite, Mercury
Associated acts Kool & the Gang,
Atomic Kitten

Robert Earl "Kool" Bell (born October 8, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the founding member of the jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco band, Kool & the Gang.[1]

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 is one of the co-writers of the song "Boardmeeting" from the 2007 album Timbaland Presents Shock Value.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2001-08-01). Funk. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-87930-629-8. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 

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