Kool & The Gang founding member Dennis Thomas dies aged 70

Written by on August 9, 2021

Dennis Thomas, one of the founder members of 1970s and 80s soul-funk band Kool & the Gang, has died aged 70.

The band in a Facebook statement said he died peacefully in his sleep in New Jersey.

Thomas was one of the original founders of the group, which started in 1964 along with Robert “Kool” Bell, his brother Ronald – who died last year – and four other schoolfriends: Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown and Ricky Westfield.

Kool and the gang became one of the most popular and influential with hits such as Celebration and Get Down On It

Their music featured in several films including Saturday Night Fever, for which they received a Grammy in 1978.

The group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for their contribution to the world of entertainment and got inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame in 2018.

Source: BBC

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