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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Kool & the Gang co-founder Claydes Charles Smith dead

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    Friday, June 23, 2006; Posted: 8:38 a.m. EDT (12:38 GMT)
    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 57.
    Smith died Tuesday in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness, his publicist said.

    Kool & the Gang grew from jazz roots in the 1960s to become one of the major groups of the 1970s, blending jazz, funk, R&B and pop. After a downturn, the group enjoyed a return to stardom in the '80s.

    Smith wrote the hits "Joanna" and "Take My Heart," and was a co-writer of others, including "Celebration," "Hollywood Swinging" and "Jungle Boogie."

  2. #2
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    Jun 2004
    I'm sorry to hear this. I always loved Kool and The Gang! Lots and lots of great songs.

  3. #3
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    May 2004
    I loved them, too. Another sad thing that happened to this band is that the daughter of JT Thomas, the sax player in the band, died a few years ago of cancer. She was Michelle Thomas, an actress who played on "Family Matters" and "The Cosby Show" in the early 90's.

    RIP, Mr. Smith.