Tag: Kool & The Gang

Friday 11/26/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Kool and The Gang – Emergency (1984)

Emergency is the sixteenth studio album by the American band Kool & the Gang, released November 15, 1984. It ultimately became the group’s biggest selling career album, earning Double Platinum status in America, Platinum in Canada, and Silver in the UK.

The album produced four US top 20 hit singles including “Fresh” (US #9); “Misled” (US #10); the title track “Emergency” (US #18); and the album’s biggest hit, the million-selling “Cherish” (US #2). “Fresh”, “Misled”, and “Cherish” also cracked the top 40 in the UK reaching #11, #28, and #4 respectively while “Emergency” only reached #50 in that country.

  1. “Emergency” 5:17
  2. “Fresh” 4:22
  3. “Misled” 4:56
  4. “Cherish” 4:47
  5. “Surrender” 5:00
  6. “Bad Woman” 5:35
  7. “You Are the One” 7:00

Clifford Adams – trombone, background vocals
Robert “Kool” Bell – bass, bass guitar, vocals

Ronald Bell – synthesizer, tenor saxophone, background vocals
George “Funky” Brown – drums
Rick Iantosca – guitar
Jimmy Maelen – percussion
Robert “Spike” Mickens – trumpet
Michael Ray – trumpet
Charles Edward Smith – guitar
Kendal Stubbs – bass guitar, background vocals
James “J.T.” Taylor – vocals, background vocals
Dennis “D.T.” Thomas – alto saxophone
Curtis “Fitz” Williams – synthesizer, keyboards
Starleana Young – background vocals

Tuesday 8/10/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Kool & The Gang – Celebrate! (1980)

Celebrate! is the twelfth studio album by American band Kool & the Gang. Released on September 29, 1980, the album reached No. 1 on the US R&B chart and #10 on the Billboard 200. The album produced perhaps Kool & the Gang’s most recognizable hit song, the #1 chart-topper, “Celebration”, which still receives heavy play today over four decades later.

  1. “Celebration” 4:58
  2. “Jones vs. Jones” 4:18
  3. “Take It to the Top” 4:19
  4. “Morning Star” 3:46
  5. “Love Festival” 5:16
  6. “Just Friends” 4:23
  7. “Night People” 3:47
  8. “Love Affair” 4:21
  9. “Celebration” Single Edit
  10. “Take It to the Top” Single Edit
  11. “Jones vs. Jones” Single Edit
  12. “Morning Star” 12″ Extended
  13. “Celebremos” 12″

Bass – Robert “Kool” Bell
Lead guitar – Charles Smith
Keyboards, saxophone, backing vocals – Ronald Bell
Drums, percussion, backing vocals – George Brown
Lead and backing vocals – James “J.T.” Taylor
Alto saxophone – Dennis Thomas
Trumpet, backing vocals – Robert Mickens
Keyboards, backing vocals – Earl Toon, Jr.
Keyboards – Kevin Bell
Additional keyboards – Adam Epolito
Backing vocals – Cedric Toon, Meekaeel Muhammad, Robert Bell, Coffee, Something Sweet
Orchestra arranged and conducted by – Eumir Deodato

Tuesday 8/23/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Kool & The Gang – Forever (1986)

Forever is the seventeenth studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released November 3, 1986. The album included two major hits on the US Hot 100 Chart: “Victory” (US #10, R&B #2) and “Stone Love” (US #10, R&B #4). Three additional singles charted, “Holiday” reached the top ten on the R&B Chart, “Special Way” reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary chart. and “Peacemaker” was released in international markets and charted at #20 in New Zealand.

After this album, lead vocalist James “J.T.” Taylor would leave the group for a solo career. He would return in 1996 for the State of Affairs album.

  1. “Victory” 4:37
  2. “I.B.M.C.” 4:14
  3. “Stone Love” 4:37
  4. “Forever” 5:03
  5. “Holiday” 4:12
  6. “Peacemaker” 4:35
  7. “Broadway” 3:40
  8. “Special Way” 5:26
  9. “God’s Country” 5:04

Bass – Robert “Kool” Bell
Drums – George Brown
Guitar – Charles Smith
Saxophone, keyboards – Khalis Bayyan
Keyboards – Curtis “Fitz” Williams
Vocals, percussion – James “J.T.” Taylor
Alto saxophone – Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas
Trombone – Clifford Adams
Trumpet – Michael Ray, Robert “Spike” Mickens
Additional musicians – Alex Williams, Kendal Stubbs, Mark Attalla
Backing vocals – Barbara Hernandez, Bert Clardy, Jeff Clardy, Kendal Stubbs, Lisa Foster, Starleana Young
Drum programming – Kendal Stubbs
Synthesizer and creative software programmed by – Randy Weber

Monday 5/17/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)

Saturday Night Fever is the soundtrack album from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. The soundtrack was released on November 15, 1977. It is one of the best-selling albums in history, and remains the second-biggest-selling soundtrack of all time, after The Bodyguard, selling 40 million copies worldwide (double-disc album).

In the United States, the album was certified 16× Platinum for shipments of at least 16 million units. The album stayed atop the charts for 24 straight weeks from January to July 1978 and stayed on Billboard’s album charts for 120 weeks until March 1980. In the UK, the album spent 18 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The album epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic and was an international sensation. The album has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for being culturally significant.

  1. “Stayin’ Alive” (performed by Bee Gees) 4:45
  2. “How Deep Is Your Love” (performed by Bee Gees) 4:05
  3. “Night Fever” (performed by Bee Gees) 3:32
  4. “More Than a Woman” (performed by Bee Gees) 3:18
  5. “If I Can’t Have You” (performed by Yvonne Elliman) 3:00
  6. “A Fifth of Beethoven” (performed by Walter Murphy) 3:03
  7. “More Than a Woman” (performed by Tavares) 3:17
  8. “Manhattan Skyline” (performed by David Shire) 4:45
  9. “Calypso Breakdown” (performed by Ralph MacDonald) 7:51
  10. “Night on Disco Mountain” (performed by David Shire) 5:13
  11. “Open Sesame” (performed by Kool & the Gang) 3:59
  12. “Jive Talkin’ ” (performed by Bee Gees) 3:44
  13. “You Should Be Dancing” (performed by Bee Gees) 4:14
  14. “Boogie Shoes” (performed by KC and the Sunshine Band) 2:17
  15. “Salsation” (performed by David Shire) 3:51
  16. “K-Jee” (performed by MFSB) 4:13
  17. “Disco Inferno” (performed by The Trammps) 10:51

Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, rhythm guitar (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Robin Gibb – lead vocals (track 2), harmony and backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Maurice Gibb – bass, harmony and backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Alan Kendall – electric guitar (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Blue Weaver – keyboards, synthesizer, piano (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Dennis Bryon – drums, percussion (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Joe Lala – percussion (tracks 1–4)
Stephen Stills – percussion (track 13)
Mike Baird – drums (track 10)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (tracks 8, 10)
Bob Bowles – guitar (tracks 5, 7)
Dennis Budimir – guitar (track 10)
Sonny Burke – piano (tracks 5, 7, 8); electric keyboards (track 15)
Eddie Cano – acoustic piano (track 15)
Mike Caruso – guitar (track 6)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (tracks 5, 7)
Scott Edwards – bass (tracks 5, 10, 15)
Steve Forman – percussion (tracks 8, 10, 15)
James Gadson – drums (tracks 5, 7–8)
Ralph Grierson – keyboards (track 10)
Mitch Hoder – guitar (track 8)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (track 8)
Freddie Perren – synthesizer, keyboards, percussion (track 5)
Emil Richards – percussion (track 10)
Jerome Richardson – flute solo (track 15)
Tony Terran – trumpet solo (track 15)
Lee Ritenour – guitar (tracks 8, 10, 15)
David Shire – adaptation (track 10)
Mark Stevens – drums (track 15)
Chino Valdez – congas (track 15)
Bob Zimmitti – percussion (tracks 5, 7, 15)
John Tobler – liner notes
Bill Oakes – compilation, album supervision

Monday 3/29/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night (1979)

Ladies’ Night is the eleventh studio album by the funk band Kool & the Gang, released September 6, 1979. The album became their first major success especially after the release of the title track, the U.S. #8 “Ladies’ Night,” and the U.S. #5 follow-up “Too Hot” which both became Billboard Top 10 hits. The album brought a return to the mainstream after a lull in success from 1976-1978. Ladies’ Night reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart. Additionally, all the cuts from the album reached number five on the disco chart.

Ladies’ Night was the album where Kool & the Gang perfected their funky style and made it more mainstream by incorporating some pop and light R&B into the sound. The result was that this album was not only popular during the 1970s black-oriented funk era where the band started, but also during the more popular and diverse disco era. Ladies’ Night became their first Platinum album. It also marked the debut of lead vocalist James “J.T.” Taylor.

  1. “Ladies’ Night” 6:38
  2. “Got You into My Life” 4:25
  3. “If You Feel Like Dancin'” 5:05
  4. “Hangin’ Out” 5:31
  5. “Tonight’s the Night” 7:21
  6. “Too Hot” 5:05
  7. “Ladies Night (12″ Promo Disco Mix)”
  8. “Hangim’ Out (12″ Disco Mix)”
  9. “If You Feel Like Dancin’ (Single Edit)”
  10. “Ladies Night (Single Edit)”
  11. “Too Hot (Single Edit)”
  12. “Hangin’ Out (Single Edit)”

James “J.T.” Taylor – lead and backing vocals
Ronald Bell – tenor saxophone, backing vocals, keyboards, bass
Dennis “D.T.” Thomas – alto saxophone, backing vocals
Claydes Smith – guitars
Eumir Deodato – keyboards
Adam Ippolito – keyboards
Robert “Kool” Bell – bass, backing vocals
George “Funky” Brown – drums, backing vocals
Clifford Adams – trombone
Christine Albert – trumpet
Robert “Spike” Mickens – trumpet
Jon Faddis – trumpet
Cedric Toon – backing vocals
Earl Toon – backing vocals
Something Sweet (Diane Cameron, Cynthia Huggins, Joan Motley) – backing vocals

Monday 1/11/2021 4pm ET: Across The Tracks – In Memoriam 2020


In this edition of Across The Tracks we salute the music artists that passed away in 2020.

Featured in the program:  Uriah Heep, Hal Ketchum, McGuire Sisters, Mountain, KT Oslin, Charlie Pride, Van Halen, Spencer Davis Group, Rance Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Nash, Outfield, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Four Seasons, Kool & The Gang, Bay City Rollers, Sweet, Wayne Fontana, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Daniels Band, Bobby Lewis, Millie Small, Bonnie Pointer, John Prine, Fountains of Wayne, Kingston Trio, Robert Parker and Rush.

Tuesday 4pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  Van Halen, Robbie Nevil, Billy Ocean, Models, Toto, Bon Jovi, Ronnie Milsap, U2, INXS, Contours, Jimmy Buffett, Kool & The Gang, Double Image, Donna Summer and more . . . 

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay ON-Demand 7pm ET

bj6515Its “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where you’ll hear: Shalamar, the Isley Brothers, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Kool & the Gang, Al Jarreau, Patti LaBelle, Toto, Deniece Williams, Barry & Glodean White and a host of other artists. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. With all the cold and inclement weather sweeping the country, let’s warm up with some “Sweet Soul Music” later this evening with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” which you can access at: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET

bobbyjay070612Welcome to Sunday everyone. I’m sure the talk and speculation all week will be, who will win the Belmont Stakes. Can American Pharaoh do it? We’ll see. But let’s go “Groovin’ On A Sunday Afternoon” with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” where you’ll hear: Kool & the Gang, War, the Whispers, Sade, the Ad-Libs, Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand, Ashford & Simpson, the Manhattans, Barry White, Grandmaster Flash, the Sugarhill Gang, plus we’ll hear words from Ben E. King, as he talks about some of the younger groups and much more. It all begins at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT, & 2PM PT to be followed at 7PM eastern by an encore of last evening’s “Great Soul Performances.” I think its gonna be a fantastic Sunday and I urge you to join me for all of it, here on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET

BobbyJayLater this afternoon on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” you’ll hear: Kool & the Gang, Whitney Houston, Gerald Alston, Gregory Abbott, Cameo, the Fearless Four, Patti Austin, Levert, Peabo Bryson & Regina Bell and several others. Join me at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT and 2PM PT, and don’t forget, you can catch an encore of last night’s “Great Soul Performances” immediately following at 7PM eastern. Everybody’s welcome, so stop on by for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 10p ET #gsp

GspRadio2I urge you to join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” when we’ll feature music by Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Kool & the Gang, Salt-N-Pepper, the Gap Band, Al B. Sure!, New Edition and a cut from the new Michael Jackson CD “Xscape,” plus a lot more. We kick it off at 10PM ET, 9PM CT, 8PM MT & 7PM PT, with encore performances on Friday at 12Noon, Saturday at 5PM (just ahead of the original “Great Soul Performances”). I think you’re gonna dig it, so join me later for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” only on RadioMaxMusic.com.