Iconic drummer and founding member of Kool & The Gang, George “Funky” Brown, has sadly passed away at the age of 74. The news was confirmed by his family, who revealed that he died peacefully at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, surrounded by loved ones.
Fans and fellow musicians alike are mourning the loss of Brown, with Kool & The Gang paying tribute to their friend and bandmate. They described him as “the funkiest drummer the world has ever seen” and expressed their deep love and admiration for him.
Brown’s contributions to the group were immense. He co-wrote many of Kool & The Gang’s biggest hits, including timeless classics like “Celebration,” “Ladies Night,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Get Down On It,” and “Too Hot.” These songs have become anthems of funk and continue to resonate with audiences worldwide.
In recognition of his talent and impact on the music industry, Brown was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2015. These honors solidify his important role in shaping the sound and success of Kool & The Gang.
Despite changes in the group’s lineup over the years, Brown remained a dedicated member and continued to perform with Kool & The Gang until his passing. His unmistakable drumming style and infectious energy on stage will be greatly missed.
With Brown’s passing, Robert “Kool” Bell now stands as the last surviving founding member of Kool & The Gang. As the group moves forward, Bell will undoubtedly continue to honor Brown’s legacy and the incredible music they created together.
The music community and fans around the world are united in grief over the loss of George “Funky” Brown. His undeniable talent, infectious grooves, and contributions to Kool & The Gang will forever be remembered and cherished. May he rest in funk and power.