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Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, an establishing member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & & the Gang known for such hits as “Celebration” and “Get Down On It,” has passed away. He was 70. He passed away quietly in his sleep Saturday in New Jersey, where he was a local of Montclair, according to a statement from his representative.The band revealed his death in a Facebook post. ” An original member of Kool & & the Gang, Dennis was referred to as the quintessential cool feline in the group, enjoyed for his hip clothing and hats, and his laid-back attitude,” the bands declaration stated. “A huge personality while likewise an extremely private individual, Dennis was the alto saxophone gamer, flutist, percussionist in addition to master of ceremonies at the bands shows. Dennis beginning featured on the groups 1971 hit, Whos Gon na Take the Weight is legendary and an example of his showmanship.”” Dee Tee was the groups closet stylist who ensured they constantly looked fresh. In the bands early days, Dennis likewise functioned as the “budget plan hawk”, bring the groups profits in a paper bag in the bell of his horn,” the statement added.Born Feb. 9, 1951, in Orlando, Florida, Thomas was known for his prologue on the bands 1971 hit, “Whos Gon na Take the Weight.” Understood for his hip clothes and hats, he was also the groups wardrobe stylist. In the early days, he served as their “budget hawk,” bring their profits in a paper bag packed into the bell of his horn, the declaration said. MY 600 LB. LIFE STAR GINA MARIE KRASLEY DEAD AT 30
In this Aug. 3, 2008 file image, Dennis Thomas performs with the band “Kool and the Gang” in show in Bethlehem, Pa. Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, an establishing member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool && amp; the Gang, has actually died. Thomas passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 in New Jersey, where he was a homeowner of Montclair.
(Photo by: Joe Gill/The Express-Times through AP)In 1964, seven teen buddies produced the groups special bland of soul, funk and jazz, in the beginning calling themselves the Jazziacs. They went through a number of models prior to picking Kool & & the Gang in 1969. The groups other creators are siblings Ronald and Robert Bell, and Spike Mickens, Ricky Westfield, George Brown and Charles Smith.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERThe band has actually earned two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. They were honored in 2014 with a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award. Their music is greatly tested and included on film sound tracks, including those for “Rocky,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “Pulp Fiction.”CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS APPAmong those Thomas is survived by are his spouse, Phynjuar Saunders Thomas, child Tuesday Rankin and children David Thomas and Devin Thomas.

” An original member of Kool & & the Gang, Dennis was understood as the quintessential cool feline in the group, loved for his hip clothing and hats, and his easygoing demeanor,” the bands declaration said. “A substantial character while likewise an incredibly private person, Dennis was the alto saxophone gamer, flutist, percussionist as well as master of events at the bands shows. In this Aug. 3, 2008 file picture, Dennis Thomas performs with the band “Kool and the Gang” in performance in Bethlehem, Pa. The groups other creators are brothers Ronald and Robert Bell, and Spike Mickens, Ricky Westfield, George Brown and Charles Smith.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERThe band has earned two Grammy Awards and 7 American Music Awards.

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