Wikipedia : This day (October 8, 1950), in Youngstown, Ohio, is born Robert Kool Bell, an American singer, bassist and founding member of Kool & the Gang.
Robert Kool Bell : In 1964 Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert , joined Jersey City neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk
@Facebook : Kool and the Gang is one of the most Celebrated and renowned groups in most of music history, and has thrilled audiences with dynamic live performances. They have touched millions of people all over the world throughout the last 4 decades.
@last.fm : The late 1970s saw a lull in Kool & the Gang’s career that ended — after new lead singer James “J.T.” Taylor joined the group — with 1979’s Ladies’ Night, the title track from which was spawned a 25-year-long tradition of ladies’ nights in New Jersey dance clubs and bars.