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Kool and The Gang Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Ivan Williams Enterprises and G Styl Productions Incorporated have teamed up once again to bring light to the darkness when it comes to Ohio bred artists that have been overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Greater Cleveland is well represented in the Rock Hall with Bobby Womack (Cleveland), The O'Jays (Canton), and The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde, a native of Akron). To complete the circle, I nominate Kool and The Gang with Youngstown natives Robert and Ronald Bell to be inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Please read the history of Kool and The Gang below, and then sign this petition to have them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kool and The Gang have sold over 70 million albums worldwide, 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 and The Gang has performed continuously for the past 35 yeas, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the mot sampled band of all time.

Here are few Milestones of their career:

1950 - In Youngstown, Ohio Robert "Bobby" Bell, a Featherweight Boxing Champion, and his wife Mabel have their first child, a son, Robert Earl Bell.

1951 - Ronald Nathan Bell, the second child of Bobby and Mable, was born.

1952 - Robert and Ronald Bell live in Youngstown when Greater Cleveland is Rockin' at the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena.

1955 - Bobby Bell returns home from the road with a "Hi Fidelity" record player. Ronald hears Miles Davis "Round Midnight" coming from his parent's bedroom.

1957 Robert and Mabel separate. Mabel moves to Elmira, New York with her four children Robert, Ronald, Kevin, and Michael.

1959 - Mabel is laid off in Elmira. She moves back to Youngstown with her four sons.

1962 - Mabel moves to Jersey City, Robert is 12, Ronald is 11.

1973 - "Wild & Peaceful" is Kool and The Gang's first certified gold album, which produced "Hollywood Swingin", "Jungle Boogie", and "Funky Stuff".

1974 - "Light of the Worlds" album produces #1 R&B single and Classic Hit, "Summer Madness" which is nominated for a Grammy.

1976 - Kool and The Gang released smash album "Open Sesame". The title track was featured on the best selling movie soundtrack of all time, Saturday Night Fever, earning the group 2 Grammy Awards.

1978 - Kool and The Gang auditions and hires James "JT" Taylor, hires producer Eumir Deodato while George Brown writes Classic Hit "Too Hot".

1979 - The Result, Kool and The Gang's 1st Platinum Album, "Ladies Night". "Ladies Night" wins best R&B group at AMAs.

1980 - Kool and The Gang release the Double Platinum selling album, "Celebrate". The international hit single "Celebration" remained at #1 on Billboard's R&B charts for 6 consecutive weeks and was #1 on Billboards Pop single.

1981 - Kool and The Gang produced hit after hit between 1981 to 1983. The album "Something Special", "As One" and "In The Heart" gave the world "Get Down On It", "Take My Heart", "Let's Go Dancing", "Joanna" and "Tonight".

1984 - Kool and The Gang released their second Multi-Platinum Album "Emergency". The first single, "Misled", went straight to #10 on Billboard's Pop Charts. Cherish, the #1 R&B single and #2 Pop single echoed Kool and The Gang. "Fresh" was #1 R&B single and #9 Pop single. The success of "Emergency" solidified the group's international super-stardom.

1993 - Kahlis' (Ronald Bell) productin company LeJam debuts The Fugees.

2000 - Kool and The Gang released the acclaimed CD "Gangland".

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Ivan Williams ReGina Crawford
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Ivan Williams Enterprises G Styl Productions Inc

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