George Brown, the drummer that offered Kool & the Gang its propulsive, infection beats, passed away Thursday (Nov. 17) after a fight with cancer cells, a Universal Music Enterprises representative revealed. He was 74.
Brown — whose label was “Funky” — was among 7 institution close friends from Jersey City, New Jersey, that collaborated in 1964 as an instrumental-only jazz and heart team calling itself the Jazziacs. Other participants consisted of Robert “Kool” Bell on bass, bro Ronald Bell on key-boards and Charles Smith on guitar.
The band underwent numerous name adjustments, consisting of the New Dimensions, the Soul Town Band and Kool & the Flames prior to picking Kool & the Gang, the name that would certainly arrive around the world, in 1969. They authorized to De-Lite documents and launched their very first LP, the all-instrumental Kool and the Gang, in 1970. By 1973, they integrated arising nightclub patterns in its audio, breaking the U.S. Top 10 with “Jungle Boogie” in 1973 and “Hollywood Swinging” in 1974.
After a duration of decrease, they barked back in 1979 with top-10 hits “Ladies Night” and “Too Hot” and the list below year gotten to No. 1 — their only tune to cover the graph — with “Celebration.” Other strikes consist of “Get Down on It,” “Fresh,” “Cherish” and “Joanna.”
The band has actually won 2 Grammys and 7 American Music Awards and signed up 31 gold and platinum cds to day. Brown’s trademark drumming on the very early Kool & the Gang recordings has actually been greatly tested by such musicians as the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, P. Diddy and The Killers.
When asked to define his songs, Brown — that launched a narrative this year entitled Too Hot: Kool & the Gang and Me — constantly responded, “It’s the sound of happiness.”
Brown is made it through by his spouse, Hanh, and kids Dorian, Jorge, Gregory, Jordan, Clarence and Aaron. Donations can be made in his honor to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America.
This write-up was created by Seth Abramovitch and initially released by The Hollywood Reporter.