Ronald "Khalis" Bell, a prime supporter, musician, saxophonist, vocalist, and maker of the diagram beating bunch Kool and The Gang, kicked a bucket Wednesday morning at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was 68. 

Ronald Bell Co-Founder Songwriter And Producer Of Kool and The Gang, Dead At 68


Ringer's passing was affirmed by a Universal Music marketing expert, however, no reason was given. 


Kool and The Gang arrived, for good, in its name (subject to evaluating The New Dimensions, The Jazziacs, and others) in 1969. Starting there on, the gathering delivered eight Top 40 collections, 12 Top 10 singles (counting "Wilderness Boogie," "Women's Night," "Excessively Hot," "Festival"), 12 Gold and five Platinum records, a Grammy for Album of the Year (for the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever), and enlistment into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, among a not insignificant rundown of different accomplishments. 


Five years preceding choosing a name, in 1964, Ronald Bell and his sibling, Robert "Kool" Bell, started playing with some Jersey City companions — guitarist Charles Smith, keyboardist Ricky West (or Westfield), trumpet player Robert "Spike" Mickens, drummer George Brown and alto saxophonist Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas. The seven were all jazz heads and looked to play like it.


We were raised in jazz," Ronald Bell told essayist Vernon Gibbs, of the British distribution of black music, in 1974. "All my colleagues were." In the gathering's subsequent collection, Bell is credited for the tune "I Remember John W. Coltrane."

Ronald Bell Co-Founder Songwriter And Producer Of Kool and The Gang, Dead At 68


After their arrangement, Ronald, Kool, and the remainder of the group went through the following five years performing around New York, picking up understanding as a normally gigging jazz aggregate, repeating and discovering its sound. In 1969, the seven, alongside maker Gene Redd and guitarist Woody Sparrow, recorded their introduction to De-Lite Records, a self-named instrumental collection that squared the hovers of brazen huge band jazz, funk, and the ripe, continually advancing sound of New York jazz.