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DesmondKool & the Gang - Summer Madness (Homework Edit)Violet Spark

In 1964, thirteen-year-old Robert Bell, his brother Ronald, and five high-school friends in Jersey City, New Jersey, formed an instrumental band called the Jazziacs.[1] They changed their name to Kool & the Flames in 1967, then Kool & the Gang in 1969 (to avoid confusion with James Brown's Famous Flames) and were signed by Gene Redd to his new record label De-Lite Records in 1969.[2]
The band consisted of Robert "Kool" Bell (bass), Ronald Bell (keyboards), Robert Mickens (trumpet), Dennis Thomas (saxophone), Ricky West, George Brown (drums), and Charles Smith (guitar).[3]
The Bell brothers' father Bobby and uncle Tommy were boxers. They moved to New York to train and lived in the same apartment building as Thelonious Monk, who became Robert's godfather when he was born. Miles Daviswould drop by because he wanted to be a boxer.[4] They played occasionally with McCoy TynerPharoah Sanders, and Leon Thomas.[5]
Violet Spark                                                                                                          Music in the soul can be 
                                                                                                                                                                 heard by the universe.
                                                                                                                                       Lao Tzu
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