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Kool & the Gang’s Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell Dies at 68

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Kool & the Gang co-founder Ronald “Khalis” Bell, who was credited as a writer and producer on the group’s biggest hits — among them: 1980’s “Celebration” and 1985’s “Cherish” — died Wednesday Sept. 9 at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, his wife and agent Tia Sinclair Bell said in a statement on Sept. 10. He was 68. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Bell was a driving force behind Kool & the Gang, composing, arranging, producing and performing with the group which saw success in multiple decades over 50 years. In addition to the aforementioned earworms of our time, other hits by the band included “Get Down On It” and “Fresh.”

In 1964, Bell and his brother Robert “Kool” formed a band with Dennis “D.T.” Thomas, Robert “Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They went through several iterations as the Jazziacs, The New Dimensions, The Soul Town Band, Kool & the Flames before Kool & the Gang was launched blending jazz, soul and funk sounds.

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Reply #1 posted 09/09/20 4:18pm

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Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell, Co-Founder of Kool & the Gang, Dies at 68

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Billboard logoRonald ‘Khalis’ Bell, Co-Founder of Kool & the Gang, Dies at 68

Ronald Bell, also known as Khalis Bayyan and the co-founder of Kool & the Gang with his brother Robert “Kool” Bell, died suddenly Wednesday morning (Sept. 9) at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a statement from his publicist. He was 68.

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He is survived by his wife Tia Sinclair Bell; 10 children Kahdijah, Rasheed, Nadirah, Liza, Maryam, Aminah, Jennah, Khalis, Asia and James; grandchildren; brothers Robert Bell, Wahid Bayyan, Amir Bayyan, and his sister Sharifah Bayyan; and his Kool & the Gang band brothers Thomas and Brown among others. The family will hold a private funeral service, and they ask in lieu of flowers that fans support the Boys and Girls Club of America.

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Reply #3 posted 09/09/20 10:32pm

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Reply #4 posted 09/10/20 1:54am

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Sad. The band has lost a few members over the last several years.
I just saw Khalis performing with the band on an Instagram old school
music tribute about 2 months ago. RIP
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Reply #5 posted 09/10/20 5:51am

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"Music Is The Message" LP was one of the first albums i ever borrowed from anyone...my sister's boyfriend used to play the 8track in his Dodge Super Bee all the time and i had to have it...

"Soul Vibrations" is/was the funkiest shit i had ever heard at that time... Khalis had the epic sax solo on thet joint..

RIP Khalis Bayyan

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Reply #6 posted 09/10/20 7:09am

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I used to love "Cherish" (shocked a little!) RIP.

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Reply #7 posted 09/10/20 10:56am

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Emergency is my favorite album from them, front to back. "Celebration" brings back middle school vibes. We couldn't play it enough. I remember "Get Down On It" on a K-Tel album somewhere that I owned. "Ladies Night" was all over the radio. So many great memories around the band and their music.

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Reply #8 posted 09/11/20 6:29am

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One of my childhood's favorite bands, so many great hits! May Ronald rest in peace...

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #9 posted 09/11/20 7:07am

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RJOrion said:

"Music Is The Message" LP was one of the first albums i ever borrowed from anyone...my sister's boyfriend used to play the 8track in his Dodge Super Bee all the time and i had to have it...

"Soul Vibrations" is/was the funkiest shit i had ever heard at that time... Khalis had the epic sax solo on thet joint..

RIP Khalis Bayyan

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I may have to check that one out. Otherwise, Wild And Peaceful is/was my joint. RIP Khalis.

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Reply #10 posted 09/11/20 11:04am

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RIP.

Always loved Kool & The Gang.

Still do actually.

Theyr music always make me happy.

Will play an album tonight as a tribute.

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Did they ever cross paths with Prince ?

In any way ?

just wondering.

We kall know that Kid Creole did.

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Reply #11 posted 09/11/20 2:35pm

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My graduation yearbook said I wanted to be in the band. :oof: Rest in peace!

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Reply #12 posted 09/11/20 3:41pm

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I may have to check that one out. Otherwise, Wild And Peaceful is/was my joint. RIP Khalis.




Funky Stuff & Hollywood Swinging was my favorite joints on Wild & Peaceful... thats the lp it ALL came together for them... their tours and airplay were rivaling EWF, PFunk and The Ohio Players at that point.
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Reply #13 posted 09/12/20 3:40pm

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Got to see them at Radio City Hall in the 90s with a lots of bands and they were my favorite. The band was tight and JT was voice was amazing. RIHP Ron.
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Reply #14 posted 09/12/20 3:49pm

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It was 1986 actually. Joan Jett killed it too. It was my second time seeing her.
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Reply #15 posted 09/25/20 4:07am

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sad RIP.

He had the Funk.

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Reply #16 posted 09/26/20 5:29pm

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CoolMF said:

RJOrion said:

"Music Is The Message" LP was one of the first albums i ever borrowed from anyone...my sister's boyfriend used to play the 8track in his Dodge Super Bee all the time and i had to have it...

"Soul Vibrations" is/was the funkiest shit i had ever heard at that time... Khalis had the epic sax solo on thet joint..

RIP Khalis Bayyan

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I may have to check that one out. Otherwise, Wild And Peaceful is/was my joint. RIP Khalis.

Yep, 'Wild & Peaceful' was their best.

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Reply #17 posted 10/01/20 7:15pm

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Damn. sad

R.I.P. rose

Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #18 posted 10/06/20 2:21pm

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Condolences to the family.
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Reply #19 posted 10/12/20 9:52pm

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Rip to him, they have a great catalog
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