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People Just Wanna Have Fun
  • Artist: Kool & the Gang
  • Label: BFD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • UPC: 819376047935
  • Item #: 2563731X
  • Genre: Soul/R & B
  • Release Date: 9/8/2023
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People Just Wanna Have Fun on LP

Legendary Funk Band's 2023 Album on Multi-Color Double LP!

R&B, funk and soul icons Kool & the Gang are returning with a 2023 album release - People Just Wanna Have Fun.

With six decades of hits, the internationally celebrated group continues to tour the world. The band is led by founding members Robert "Kool" Bell (bassist) and George "Funky" Brown (keyboardist, drummer & producer of this album), who has a new book coming out called Too Hot: Kool & the Gang & Me.

Continuing to release music that makes the good times better and the bad times more bearable, this collection will be the band's 34th studio album, featuring some of the last studio work by founding horn players, Kool's brother Ronald "Khalis" Bell and Dennis "D.T." Thomas, who passed in 2020 and 2021. Lead vocals on the album also include Sha Sha Jones, Shawn McQuiller, Lavell Evans, Dominique Karan, Rick Marcel and Walt Anderson, plus rappers Ami Miller & Ole'.

Both Bell and Brown view People Just Wanna Have Fun as a summation of their long career, during which they sold 70 million albums worldwide with hit singles like "Celebration," "Ladies Night," "Get Down on It," "Hollywood Swinging" & beyond. Since their start in 1964, the group has amassed two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kool's bass guitar is even featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

From Newark to Nairobi, Kool & the Gang have performed continuously longer than any R&B group in history and are the most sampled R&B band of all time, including by Madonna, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill and P. Diddy. Not to mention their music on soundtracks from Rocky, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction to Wreck-It Ralph and many more.

Yet, throughout all the success, Kool & the Gang has remained true to their roots while pushing into the future. Bell says of People Just Wanna Have Fun: "You've got the funk, you've got the jazzier tracks, we have a few ballads on there. Then there are songs that cross over to a pop sort of thing. We go from the '70s, the '80s, right into now. It's old school, it's new school - we kinda captured it all here. With all our music over the years, people have had fun. So I'd say this album just about sums it all up."

Kool & The Gang - People Just Want To Have Fun