Kool And the Gang’s Dennis ‘Dee Tee’ Thomas Passes Away at 70: A Life In Music

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Dennis
“Dee
Tee” Thomas,
a
co-founder
of
the
legendary
funk
band
Kool
and
the
Gang
whose
hits
included
“Celebration,”
died
Saturday,
August
7,
at
age
70
in
his
sleep
at
his
house
in
Montclair,
New
Jersey.

In
a
assertion
his
surviving
bandmates
put
out
on
the
group’s
Facebook
web page,
he
was
described
as
“the
quintessential
cool
cat
in
the
group,
cherished
for
his
hip
garments
and
hats,
and
his
laid-back
demeanor.” He
made
his
ultimate
look
with
the
group
on
July
4
at
the
Hollywood
Bowl
in
Los
Angeles.

We’re
Going
To
Have
A
Good
Time:
A
Life
In
Music

Born
February
9,
1951,
in
Orlando,
Florida,
Thomas
and
his
buddies,
brothers
Robert
and
Ronald
Bell,
George
Brown,
Robert
Mickens,
Charles
Smith,
and
Ricky
Westfield
based
the
group
below
the
identify
the
Jazziacs
in
1964
in
New
Jersey.

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Dennis Dee Tee Thomas at left with Kool and the Gang at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles - DW Photo

The
group
went
on
to
hit
it
large
below
the
identify
they
adopted
in
1969,
Kool
and
the
Gang,
with
such
hits
as
“Get
down
on
it,”
“Jungle
Boogie”
and
“Ladies’
Night.”
Their
music
has
featured
in
main
movement
image
soundtracks
together with
“Rocky,”
“Saturday
Night
Fever”
and
“Pulp
Fiction.”

The
band’s
songs
have
been
closely
sampled,
particularly
in
the
rap
world,
by
artists
together with
A
Tribe
Called
Quest,
Busta
Rhymes,
Jay-Z,
Nas,
NWA,
Snoop
Dogg,
Tupac
Shakur,
and
The
Wu-Tang
Clan.

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The
band
earned
two
Grammy
Awards
and
seven
American
Music
Awards.
In
2014,
Kool
and
the
Gang
was
honored
with
a
Soul
Train
Lifetime
Achievement
Award.
The
group
stays
a
DJ
favorite
for
all
method
of
events.

One
of
the
group’s
different
co-founders,
Ronald
Bell,
died
final
12 months
at
his
house
in
the
US
Virgin
Islands.

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Thomas
is
survived
by
his
spouse,
Phynjuar
Saunders
Thomas,
daughter
Tuesday
Rankin
and
sons
David
Thomas
and
Devin
Thomas.


Text
and
Photo:

DW
News
/
Reuters.

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