Ronald Bell (musician)

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Ronald Bell
Birth name Ronald Nathan Bell
Also known as Khalis Bayyan
Born (1951-11-01) November 1, 1951 (age 66)
Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.
Origin West Orange, New Jersey
Genres Classical, Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, composer, producer
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1969-present
Associated acts Kool & the Gang

Ronald Nathan Bell, also known by his Muslim name Khalis Bayyan,[1] (born November 1, 1951, Youngstown, Ohio, United States[2][3]) is an American saxophonist, composer, main songwriter, arranger, producer and singer, who is a founding member of the band, Kool & the Gang. He is the brother of co-founder Robert "Kool" Bell (born in 1950) and Kay Gees member Kevin Bell.[1] He is also the father of singer Rachid "Rasalus" Bell, who often performs under the stage name Ra.

Bell has been a resident of West Orange, New Jersey.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bush, John. Biography of Kool & the Gang at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  2. ^ Ronald Bell at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  3. ^ Classical Music entry for Ronald Bell at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  4. ^ McFaul, Lauren. "Kool's gang freshens rock with funk", The Spokesman-Review, June 3, 1985. Accessed October 25, 2015. "Ronald Bell has a studio in his West Orange, N.J., home and from there has worked on production for Kool & the Gang's last six albums."

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