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Bell legacy is lasting Kool

Regional 16 Sep, 2020 Follow News

Ronald Bell wrote many party hits

Disco lovers were saddened by the pass of Ronald Bell, one of the founder members of 1970s and 1980s pop group Kool & the Gang. Bell started the band with his brother Robert "Kool" Bell in 1964.

They became one of the era's most popular and influential soul and funk bands, with hits including ‘Celebration’, ‘Ladies' Night’ and ‘Get Down On It’.

Their music also featured in several films including ‘Saturday Night Fever’, for which they received a Grammy in 1978, and ‘Pulp Fiction’.

Bell, 68, died at his home in the US Virgin Islands with his wife by his side last week. The cause of death was not given.

As musical director, Bell co-wrote all of their biggest hits, including the wedding disco classic ‘Celebration’. He admitted it was his "favourite song" from the band's extensive back catalogue.

"I had no clue, you know," he said. "I was clueless, thinking that that was going to be a hit. I had no idea.

The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for their contribution to the world of entertainment, and were inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame in 2018.

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