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11 Dec

Cemented in History: Kool and the Gang Earns Induction onto Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

Funk icons, Kool and the Gang, were forever cemented into history earlier this week, receiving their much deserved star on Hollywood’s historic Walk of Fame.  A rare and remarkable feat that is certainly undeniable given Kool and the Gang’s storied career that spans over five decades and includes multiple Grammy Awards, nine No. 1 singles, and over 70 million albums sold.  The band’s star on the Walk of Fame, which is recognized in the category of Recording, was dedicated at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard next to the stars of fellow musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Parker Jr., The Funk Brothers, Herbie Hancock, John Denver and several others.  During the induction and unveiling, Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame stated:

“Kool & the Gang and their signature sounds will bring back great memories to music lovers everywhere!” Their music career has been a part of the lives of many generations everywhere and fans will be singing and dancing along with Kool & The Gang’s music for many, many more years.”

Following the ceremony, Kool and the Gang continued the celebration on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing a fantastic medley of the hit classics “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down on It” that can be viewed below.  As always, the funk legends were backed by longstanding drummer and Pearl Artist, Tim Horton, who provided the iconic and unmistakable backbeats behind a gorgeous set of Reference Series drums.  More information on Tim Horton can be found here.