Get your “Jungle Boogie” on and grab your Kool & The Gang tickets this April.
Kool & the Gang started in 1964 and called themselves the Jazziacs. They changed their name to Kool & the Flames in 1967. That name didn’t last too long -- it sounded so much like James Brown’s Famous Flames. The band’s 1969 debut album, “Kool & the Gang” charted at No. 43 on the Billboard R&B album chart. “Music is the Message” and “Good Times,” both released in 1972, charted at No. 25 and No. 34, respectively.
The 1973 album, “Wild and Peaceful” landed at No. 6 on the R&B chart and had massive hits. “Funky Stuff” landed in the Top 40 pop chart, with “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging” in the Top 10. “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging” sold more than 1 million copies. Both singles certified gold by the Recording Industry of America. Kool & the Gang followed up with a string of studio albums including “Light of Worlds” and “Spirit of the Boogie,” among others.
In 1979, Kool & the Gang incorporated Brazilian influences to the album, “Ladies Night.” It included the hit singles “Ladies Night” and “Too Hot.” The following year, the album “Celebrate!” made it to No. 2 on the U.S. R&B pop chart. Its song, “Celebration” received international success and gave the group its first No. 1 hit. In the early 1980s, Kool & the Gang added more hits to the list with “Get Down On It,” “Joanna” and “Cherish.” Don’t you wish you go back in time and see a Kool & the Gang concert?
You'll "Cherish" the present by seeing the Kool & The Gang show this spring. Joining the group is funk and R&B band, The Ohio Players.