SiriusXM honors Kool & the Gang co-founder Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell, dead at 68

Throughout this weekend, SiriusXM’s VOLUME will be remembering Bell by rebroadcasting memorable interviews with the late musician and his group.

Matt Simeone
September 10, 2020

Ronald Bell of Kool & The Gang performs at PNC Music Pavilion on July 22, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)

SiriusXM is sad to report that Kool & the Gang co-founder, singer, and saxophonist Ronald “Khalis” Bell died in his U.S. Virgin Islands home on Wednesday, September 9, at the age of 68.

SiriusXM’s VOLUME (Ch. 106) will be remembering the late musician by rebroadcasting a memorable interview with the iconic soul and funk group, as well as an exclusive conversation with Bell in which he reflects on his career, the forming of Kool & the Gang, and some of the band’s songs. Scroll to see the full broadcast schedule below.

Bell founded Kool & the Gang with his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, and their high school friends Dennis Thomas, Robert Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West in 1964. The band rose to prominence several years later, becoming one of the most successful soul and funk acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s with timeless hits including “Celebration,” “Get Down On It,” “Ladies’ Night,” and “Jungle Boogie.” Watch the band’s recent virtual performances of “Get Down On It,” “Ladies’ Night,” and more for SiriusXM’s The Groove (Ch. 50) below.

Broadcast Schedule (all times ET)

Layin’ It Down with Ronald Bell

Saturday, September 12 at 3am

Sunday, September 13 at 2pm

The Jimmy Jam Show with Kool & the Gang

Saturday, September 12 at 11am

Sunday, September 13 at 5am and 11pm