After a brief slowdown, the band, which were once known as Jazziacs, The New Dimensions, The Soul Town Band, Kool & the Flames – before joining as Kool & the Gang in 1969, saw a comeback. to fame in the 1980s.
Decades in the Works: Bell had been a member of the group since 1964 along with his brother Ronald Bell, Amir Bayyan, Curtis Williams, Dennis Thomas, George Brown, Lavell Evan, Louis Taylor, Shawn McQuiller, Timothy Horton and Michael Ray (Robert and Ronald Bell with James Taylor and George Brow in 2019)
Bell was the group’s main composure and wrote some of the group’s biggest hits.
Over the decades, the group has sold 70 million albums worldwide and 17 gold and platinum certified singles.
Bell was a self-taught musician, known for his saxophone and keyboards, as well as his distinctive sound that can be heard on the band’s horn, bass, synthesizer and vocals lines.
Family: Bell leaves behind wife Tia Sinclair and 10 children: Kahdijah, Rasheed, Nadirah, Liza, Maryam, Aminah, Jennah, Khalis, Asia and James and grandchildren (photo in 2013)