George “Funky” Brown, the key drummer and co-founder of Kool & The Gang, has passed away at his Los Angeles home following a battle with lung cancer.
According to TMZ, “George Brown died Thursday in Los Angeles. Brown has co-written many of the band’s iconic songs, including “Ladies Night,” “Too Hot,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Celebration,” and “Cherish.” When asked to describe his music, Brown always replied, ‘The sound of happiness.’”
During an interview with KCAL News, it was reported that his cancer had returned following reports that he had temporarily recovered from lung cancer.
In 1964, George “Funky” Brown and others formed the supergroup Kool & The Gang in Jersey City, NJ. Founding members included Robert Bell, Ronald Bell, Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Ricky West, and Charles Smith.
Kool & The Gang went on to achieve notable success, winning 2 Grammys, 7 American Music Awards, a Chairman’s Award, a Soul Train Legend Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Robert “Kool” Bell is now the sole surviving member of the band.