Ronald Bell: Founder of Cool and the Gang dies at 68

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Ronald Bell (R) with brother and fellow band member Robert in 2014

Ronald Bell – one of the founding members of the soul-funk band Cool & Gang – has died at the age of 68.

He started the band with his brother Robert “Cool” Bell.

The band’s songs were huge hits in the 1970s and 1980s, and included Celebration, Ladies Night and Jungle Boogie.

His music also appeared in several films, including Saturday Night Fever, for which he received Grammy and Pulp Fiction in 1978.

Bell died at his home in Virgin Island, USA, being favored by his wife. The cause of death was not stated.

A self-taught saxophonist and singer, he founded the band in New Jersey in 1964 with Robert as well as Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown and Ricky West.

The band is known for its fusion of jazz with funk, disco, R&B and pop.

  • BBC Music: Cool and the Gang

“My favorite song is Celebration …” Ronald Bell told the Reuters news agency in 2008.

“I had no clue, you know, I was clumsy, thinking it was going to be a hit. I had no idea.

“But after all these years, there are times at the end of the show, when I see all these people singing a song, and after half an hour, you ask them to jump up and down and they still Jump up and down. It’s heavy for me. ”

The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for their contribution to the entertainment world.