Kool & The Gand loses another of its historic members. George “Funky” Brown, drummer, keyboardist and co-founder of the band died yesterday (November 16).
Brown died at Long Beach Memorial Hospital from cancer and was 74 years old.
Brown co-founded Kool & the Gang in 1964, when they began playing jazz clubs in New Jersey. They exploded in 1973, honing their ever-evolving fusion of jazz, soul, funk, rock and pop on the album Wild and Peaceful.
Brown went on to co-write hits including “Ladies Night,” “Celebration” and “Cherish.” Brown and the band won a Grammy Award in 1979. They were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
By 2021 he was also dead Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas another of the historic founders of Kool & the Gang.
Dennis was among the main members of the group together with the two brothers Robert Bell (known as “Kool”) and Ronald Bell, also a saxophonist who passed away last year.
The band remembered him in a post published on social media
Let’s remember him with a playlist dedicated to their best songs:
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