Tag: Kool & The Gang

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 . . . 

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, which means on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Mother” “Mama,” “Mommy,” “Mom,” “Ma,” and even “Mothers-In-Law.” This time out I’ll be playing a lot of songs I’ve never played before, to celebrate our mothers. I also have a song about a woman who was a surrogate mom to me, and other members of my original vocal group the Laddins. So on the playlist are: The Jackson 5, Frankie Lymon, the Teenagers, Aretha Franklin, the Spinners, Ernie K-Doe, Jackie Wilson, Ruth Brown, the Five Keys, Tupac Shakur, James Brown, the Temptations, Tyrone Davis, the Laddins, the Ohio Players, the Students, Boyz II Men, the Moonglows, Formerly the Harlettes, B.B. King & Bobby “Blue” Bland; live in concert and many more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT, “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s” will present: The Dells, Michael Henderson, Lakeside, New Edition, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Kool & the Gang, Bloodstone, Phoebe Snow, Mr. T., Sade, Tavares, Jermaine Jackson, GQ, the Temptations and several others. At 3PM eastern time tomorrow Sunday, we’re down to the final two instalments of the “Top 700 Disco Countdown” which I host, and following we will air encore performances of this evening’s “G.S.P” & “G.S.P. 2 The 80s.” It’s gonna be a fantabulous weekend of music here on RadioMaxMusic.Com, and don’t forget to do something spectacular for Mom on her day tomorrow.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

When “Great Soul Performances” comes your way this evening you’ll hear: Chuck Jackson, the Vibrations, Bruno Mars, Little Anthony & the Imperials, my brother Dickie Harmon & the Autumns; who BTW, is on the mend and is coming along nicely, James Brown, Bobby Hendricks & the Drifters, “Southern Soul” song stylists Uvee Hayes and Dabron, Jay & the Techniques, Ali Ollie Woodson, Eddie Brigati & the Young Rascals, 92 years young Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder; live at the White House and more. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on tap are: Kool & the Gang, Lionel Richie, Cameo, Stevie Wonder, Shalamar, Sylvester, Freddie Jackson, Atlantic Starr, George Benson, Dionne Warwick & Friends (including Stevie Wonder), Al B. Sure!, Luther Vandross and several others. This show starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. I think you’re gonna love both show today, so join me this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

In the words of the Jamies, “It’s Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime!” At 6:07 AM eastern time this past Thursday, Summer 2018 officially began, so on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Summer” from artists like: War, Kool & the Gang, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, the Chantels, Richard Barrett, Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Sly & the Family Stone, Nat “King” Cole, Miles Davis, Johnny Mathis (live) and others. The “Summer” music begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then it will be time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where you’ll hear: The Trammps, Chris Rea, Barry White, Olivia Newton-John, the Four Tops, Kashif, Grandmaster Flash, Minnie Riperton & Peabo Bryson, Phil Collins & Phillip Bailey, Anita Baker, the Gap Band and more. That show starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. I think it’s gonna be a fun evening of music with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances I and II with Bobby Jay

This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we go back to the “DISCO!” We are going to boogie like it’s the 1970s in our virtual “Studio 54,” where on the dance floor we’ll get it on to the music of “Disco” stars like: The Village People, Tavares, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, KC & the Sunshine Band, the Trammps, Gloria Gaynor, the Joneses, Sister Sledge, Kool & the Gang and others. The “Disco Ball” will begin to spin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then it will be time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where you’ll hear from: Kurtis Blow, the Spinners, U.S.A. For Africa, Teena Marie, Rick James, Grandmaster Flash, Billy Ocean, Bloodstone, Mtume, Stevie Wonder and more. The 80s music starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. It’s gonna be a wonderful night of music and dancing later this evening with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. See Ya Later ‘Gator!

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

We’ve been having fabulous, unseasonably warm weather here on the east coast this week, so this evening on “Great Soul Performances,” I feel like dancing. Back to the Disco! We’ll be dancing to music from: Tavares, A Taste of Honey, Van McCoy, Vicki Sue Robinson, KC & the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Frankie Smith, Diana Ross, Kool & the Gang and more. I want to see you in your best polyester and platform shoes at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Then stick around because at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT it’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where we’ll boogie to songs from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, the Jones Girls, Rick James & Teena Marie, Eddie Murphy, Chaka Khan, the O’Jays, Al B. Sure!, Anita Baker and several others. I’ll be looking for your face, in the place this evening for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. DISCO!

Saturday 7pm: Sunday 3am: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

We will say goodbye to 2017 on “Great Soul Performances” & “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening, with four hours of holiday music, signifying the end of the old year, and since it’s still Christmas week, some left over Christmas songs as well. On G.S.P. 1, we’ll have: The Manhattans, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Bobby Darin, the Soul Clan, Brook Benton, the Jackson Five, Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Enchantment, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Kool & the Gang, Sam Cooke, my dear friend and former co-worker at WCBS-FM 101.1; our “Morning Mayor,” Harry Harrison, and so many, many others. It’ll begin at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then immediately following on G.S.P. 2, you’ll hear from: Charles Brown, the Whispers, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, the Eagles, the O’Jays, Huey Lewis & the News, Marvin Sease, New Edition, Harry Connick, Jr., and a whole lot more. G.S.P. 2 starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. Let’s ring out the old, and ring in the new with “Great Soul Performances,” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Monday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

When I see you this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be playing music from: The Isley Brothers, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, Kool & the Gang, Jackie Wilson, the Rascals, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, the Four Tops, Sly & the Family Stone, the Velours, the Ramsey Lewis Trio; live in concert, and so many, many more. I’ll look for you at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances” at the home of the greatest hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes your way later on with these artists on the playlist: Rufus & Chaka Khan, Tierra, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops with Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Rogers, Kool & the Gang, Kenny Loggins, U.S.A. For Africa, New Edition, Sister Sledge and many others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT, and 4PM PT. We’ll have a good time with a lot of fantastic artists and music later this evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

gsp2If you love the music of the 1980s, I’ve got some fantastic songs for you. Coming up this evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” you’ll hear: Kool & the Gang, Lionel Richie, the Average White Band, Barry & Glodean White, Atlantic Starr, Whitney Houston, Babyface, the Four Tops with Phyliss Hyman, Michael Jackson, Kim Carnes and more. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. You’ll want to hear the show again, and you can, by going to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html. I’ll see ya later gator, for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com, the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s.”