Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & the Gang has performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.
Kool & the Gang has continued to tour the world appearing with artists such as Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, The Roots and a 50-city tour with Van Halen.
Kool & the Gang was recently honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement award. In October 2015, in the town they sing about in one of their earliest hits ”Hollywood Swinging” Kool & the Gang was honored to take their place as American musical icons with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the spring of 2016, Kool & the Gang received a nod from their home state and they were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. In the band’s hometown of Jersey City they received a touching tribute when a street they grew up on was re named in their honor: “Kool & the Gang Way”.