Kool & the Gang

1964-
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

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