Today in Music History: Kool and the Gang Have Something to Celebrate

Kool & The Gang found something to celebrate in 1981.
Kool & The Gang found something to celebrate in 1981. (De-Lite Records)

History Highlight:

In 1981, Kool & The Gang started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with "Celebration" the group's first No.1 and 8th top 40 hit. Kool & The Gang had their first hit in 1969 and more in the early 70s, but stalled out in the late 70s when they abandoned deep funk for a more pop-funk sound. Things finally came back together for the band with the release of Celebrate! We played Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" for our History Highlight.

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