Grown Folks Music had the honor of speaking with R&B and funk legend Robert “Kool” Bell. This year Kool & the Gang’s classic hit “Celebration” is turning 40, and it remains an international anthem that has brought millions together, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or beliefs.
“Celebration” became an American theme song– from sporting events to constant play in conjunction with the release of U.S. hostages from Iran in early 1981. Shortly after that event, the song went to the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Since 1964, Robert Bell and Kool & The Gang have made their mark on the music scene with a sound that has combined mixed jazz with funk, soul and pop. Now, the co-founder & bandleader of the Grammy Award-winning legendary group, in partnership with the France-based House of Berthelot – makers of fine champagne is celebrating the creation of a fine “Kool” vintage, Le Kool Champagne.
Kool talked with us about “Celebration”, how Kool & the Gang came to be and his new venture in the fine beverage world. Read below and enjoy.