May 23, 2024

George “Funky” Brown, the co-founder and longtime drummer of Kool & The Gang who helped write such hits as “Too Sizzling,” “Girls Evening,” “Joanna” and the occasion favourite “Celebration,” died Thursday in Los Angeles at age 74.

Brown died after a battle with most cancers, in line with an announcement launched by Common Music. He had retired earlier within the yr, almost 60 years after the band started, and revealed that he was recognized with stage 4 lung most cancers.

Kool & The Gang has offered thousands and thousands of information with its catchy mix of jazz, funk and soul, what Brown preferred to name “the sound of happiness.” In 1964, Brown helped launch the Grammy-winning group, initially known as the Jazziacs, together with such mates as bassist Robert “Kool” Bell, brother Ronald Bell on keyboards and guitarist Charles Smith.

After years of relative obscurity, identify modifications and personnel modifications, Kool & The Gang broke by within the mid-Nineteen Seventies with “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging” amongst others songs and peaked within the late ’70s-mid Nineteen Eighties, with hits starting from the ballads “Cherish” and “Joanna” to the up-tempo, chart-topping “Celebration,” now a normal at weddings and different festive gatherings.

In 2023, Brown produced the band’s newest album, “Individuals Simply Wanna Have Enjoyable,” and launched his memoir “Too Sizzling: Kool & The Gang & Me.”

He’s survived by his spouse, Hanh Brown, and his 5 youngsters. In lieu of flowers, his household has requested that donations could be made in his honor to the Lung Most cancers Society of America.

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