We all are aware about the great singer, songwriter and saxophonist, Ronald ‘Khalis’. We have lost him. He was a part of the group named Kool and the Gang that became one of the most celebrated ecletic funk bands in 1970s and even after that. Ronald ‘Khalis’ died at the age of 68, on Wednesday in His US Virgin islands home. The cause of death has not been revealed yet.
He has gave 23 albums. The first one was Kool and the Gang in 1969.
In the year 1964, Bell and his teenage brother Robert ‘kool’ bell were not able to afford drums. Bell, adapted the name of Khalis later in life. They used to collect old paint cans in Youngstown, Ohio and used them as percussion instrument. They found different tones of music from them depending on how much paint was there in each can.
After shifting to Jersey City, they both established their shop in front of Subway in New York’s Greenwich village. They added cheap drums.
Later on, both brothers created a group with high school friends named Spike, Mickens, Dennis Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown and Charles Smith. They also became winner of the Apollo theatre’s famed Amateur night. The group launched it’s debut in the year 1970.
It has been known from various sources that they used to play percussion in streets, start beating drums in the park and street. Also, they released their first self produced album named Music in 1972. The band became real popular and famous because of their great funk music ideas and pop music.
They released many such more albums later. Some of the albums are Spirit of the boogie (1975), Light of the Worlds (1974) and more such albums. The group received alot of love and support from the fans. Their hardwork took them to great heights.