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Kool & The Gang – Celebration

03:37

Format Vinyl record
Album: Celebrate!
Released: 1980

The Band

Bass – Robert “Kool” Bell
Lead guitar – Charles Smith
Keyboards, saxophone, backing vocals – Ronald Bell
Drums, percussion, backing vocals – George Brown
Lead and backing vocals – James “J.T.” Taylor
Alto saxophone – Dennis Thomas
Trumpet, backing vocals – Robert Mickens
Keyboards, backing vocals – Earl Toon, Jr.
Keyboards – Kevin Bell
Additional keyboards – Adam Epolito
Backing vocals – Cedric Toon, Meekaeel Muhammad, Robert Bell, Coffee, Something Sweet
Orchestra arranged and conducted by – Eumir Deodato

History

Kool & the Gang are an American band formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 by brothers Robert “Kool” Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis “D.T.” Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They have undergone numerous changes in personnel and have explored many musical styles throughout their history, including jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop music. After settling on their name following several changes, the group signed to De-Lite Records and released their debut album, Kool and the Gang (1970).

After three albums, the band had commercial success with Wild and Peaceful (1973) which contained the US top ten singles “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging”. They entered a period of decline before they reached a commercial peak between 1979 and 1986 following their partnership with Brazilian musician Eumir Deodato and the addition of singer James “J.T.” Taylor to the line-up. Their most successful albums of this period include Ladies’ Night (1979), Celebrate! (1980), and Emergency (1984), their highest selling album with two million copies sold in the US, and the hit singles “Ladies’ Night”, the US number one “Celebration”, “Get Down on It”, “Joanna”, and “Cherish”. The band continue to perform worldwide, including as support for Van Halen in 2012 and their fiftieth anniversary tour in 2014.

Text:

Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate

There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now
Celebration
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It’s time to come together
It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure
Everyone around the world
Come on!

Yahoo!
It’s a celebration
Yahoo!
Celebrate good times, come on!

It’s a celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate

There’s a party goin’ on right here
A dedication to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate and party with you

Come on now
Celebration
Let’s all celebrate and have a good time yeah yeah
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It’s time to come together
It’s up to you, what’s your pleasure
Everyone around the world
Come on!
Yahoo! It’s a celebration
Yahoo! It’s a celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate, come on now
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let’s celebrate

 


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