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Bandleader/co-founder Robert “Kool” Bell, whose bass guitar work serves as an anchor within the rhythm section, recalls that the song was derived from a prior hit –with some divine inspiration. “We got the idea to write ‘Celebration’ from our tune, ‘Ladies Night’ – a smash for us in 1979 – based on the line from that song, ‘come on, let’s all celebrate’,” said Kool. “My brother Ronald Khalis Bell, members of the band and I wanted to create a song that would be an international anthem, to bring people together around the world – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or beliefs.” “Celebration” couldn’t have been released at a better time. As the single rose up the charts, the song was heard during the 1980 World Series and became the anthem for when American hostages were released from Iran in early 1981. Shortly after that event, “Celebration” went to the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Through a partnership with the NJ-based Fedway Associates, Bell’s Le Kool champagne is now available at restaurants and wine/spirits retail within the state. With a sales staff of 250 employees, Fedway is New Jersey’s leading wine and spirits wholesaler. “Celebration” by the legendary band Kool & the Gang was recorded during the spring/summer months of 1980 and released as a single on October 11th of that year. What’s Hot! HarlemAmerica with G. Keith Alexander Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time/1 PM Eastern Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. What’s Hot! HarlemAmerica with G. Keith Alexander is the crossroads where culture, lifestyle, and community meet. Legendary New York radio/TV personality, G. Keith Alexander will tap into the who’s who in Entertainment, Empowerment, and Health & Wellness to bring you exciting and unparalleled content. The G. Keith Alexander brand is that of an authentic New York City icon built on over thirty years of radio and television broadcasting excelience.