Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#4) & R&B (#2); 1974

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The core members of Kool & The Gang came together at Lincoln High School in Jersey City as the Jazziacs, developing their sound by using sticks and cans as rhythm instruments. This improvisational approach formed the foundation of their musical approach, first as solid jazz musicians, and later as one of the prime forces in funk and dance. For the first five years the group gigged around the New York area, and signed a record deal in 1969. Now named Kool & The Gang (after the band showed up at a gig where they were billed, for some unknown reason, as “Kool & The Flames”), the group’s early singles were instrumental affairs; 1970’s Let The Music Take Your Mind was the first chart record to feature a vocal. It took another three years to break through at R&B with Funky Stuff, one of three songs written and recorded in a Manhattan studio housed in an old church morgue. The other two – Jungle Boogie and Hollywood Swinging – crossed Kool over to pop, going gold in the process.

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