On Saturday, August 7, 2021, Dennis Thomas, an original member of Kool and the Gang, passed away at the age of 70. In a statement, the group wished to pay tribute to him. Words that upset the fans.
The music world is in mourning Saxophonist and co-founder of Kool and the Gang, Dennis Thomas has died at the age of 70. In a statement, the rest of the group wrote: “ On August 7, 2021, Dennis Thomas, husband, beloved father, and co-founder of Kool and the Gang, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 70 in New Jersey. An original member of Kool and the Gang, Dennis was known as the epitome of the cool dude, appreciated for his trendy clothes and hats, and laid-back demeanor. A huge personality while also being an extremely private person, Dennis was the alto saxophonist, flutist, percussionist as well as master of ceremonies during the group’s performances. ”
Wishing to pay him due to tribute, the band members revealed, “ Dennis’ prologue featured on the band’s 1971 hit, Who’s Gonna Take the Weight is legendary and an example of his showmanship. Dee Tee was the band’s stylist who made sure they always looked fresh. At the start of the band, Dennis also served as the ‘budget hawk’, carrying the band’s earnings in a paper bag in the bell of his horn.
“In mourning, many fans reacted on social networks. ” My thoughts and condolences to his family! I had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago. He was a free spirit. Rest in peace Dennis! “; “I’m sad to hear this. I had seen Kool and the Gang in 1971 and have been a fan ever since!”; or: “Thanks for the music and the dancing Dennis! Have a good trip !”
A look back at Dennis Thomas’ career
It was at the age of 13 that the artist started making music with his six friends. After calling themselves the Jazziacs, it was a few years later that they adopted the name Kool and the Gang! During their careers, the group went on to win two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. In 2015, the group even received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.