Kool & the Gang

Robert "Kool" BellBass1964-
Ronald BellTenor saxophone1964-2020
Dennis "D.T." ThomasAlto saxophone1964-
Claydes Charles SmithGuitar1964-2006
George BrownDrums1964-
Woody SparrowGuitar1964-1970
Ricky WestPiano1964-1976
Robert "Spike" MickensTrumpet1964-1986
Larry GittensTrumpet1975-
Clifford AdamsTrombone1977-2015
James "J.T." TaylorLead vocals1978-1988
Earl ToonVocals, keyboards1979-
Skip MartinVocals, trumpet1988-
Odeen MaysVocals, keyboards1988-
Gary BrownVocals1988-1992

Kool & the Gang Song list

Editor's Picks

Dave Edmunds

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"They're Playing My Song

It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.

Sending Out An SOS - Distress Signals In Songs

Sending Out An SOS - Distress Signals In SongsSong Writing

Songs where something goes horribly wrong (literally or metaphorically), and help is needed right away.

Billy Gould of Faith No More

Billy Gould of Faith No MoreSongwriter Interviews

Faith No More's bassist, Billy Gould, chats to us about his two new experimental projects, The Talking Book and House of Hayduk, and also shares some stories from the FNM days.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin GayeFact or Fiction

Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?

The Real Nick Drake

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.