Friday, September 11, 2020

Song of the Day: 'Get Down on It' by Kool & the Gang

Was sad to read about the passing of Ronald “Khalis” Bell, singer, songwriter and saxophonist whose Kool & the Gang became one of the most celebrated and musically eclectic funk bands in the 1970s and beyond. He died Wednesday at his U.S. Virgin Islands home at the age of 68, a rep confirmed to Rolling Stone. A cause of death wasn't disclosed.

For a kid who came of age in the 1970s and '80s, it would hardly be an overstatement to say Kool et al. provided the soundtrack to my early life, with a string of hits that included "Jungle Boogie," "Ladies' Night," "Too Hot," "Celebration," "Joanna," "Fresh" and "Cherish," to name a few. It's hard to pick a favorite. But "Get Down on It," with its funky beat and guitar riff and catchy refrain, might just be the one. RIP, Khalis. Thanks for the music.

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