Kool & The Gang
James "J.T." Taylor left group
"Cherish" marked end of second wave of success
"Celebration" reached No.1 on R&B and pop charts
James "J.T." Taylor joined group; his first single as vocalist, "Ladies' Night," went to No. 1 on R&B charts
"Open Sesame" featured on "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack
Scored first No.1 R&B single with "Hollywood Swinging"
Signed with De-Lite Records for eponymous debut album
Band debuted as the Jazziacs
Known for such albums as "Gold" and "Emergency"
Robert and Ronald Bell's father was a boxer and jazz fan, and a close friend to pianist Thelonious Monk, who became Robert's godfather.
The Bells' younger brother, Kevin, formed his own funk group, the Kay-Gees.
The band's 1974 single, "Summer Madness," was sampled for DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's 1991 hit, "Summertime."