Robert Earl “Kool” Bell, also known by his Muslim name Muhammad Bayyan, (born October 8, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the founding member of the jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco band, Kool & the Gang.
Early life and career
Bell was born in Youngstown, Ohio and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Along with his brother, Ronald Bell, he began playing jazz, and in 1964 they formed a group named the “Jazziacs”. They began playing at clubs in New York City under a series of different band names, before settling on the name “Kool & the Gang” in 1968. He is one of the co-writers of the song “Boardmeeting” from the 2007 album Timbaland Presents Shock Value.