Ladies Night – Kool & The Gang | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#8), R&B (#1) and Dance (#5); 1980

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Inspiration comes from many places. In the case of Ladies Night, there’s a line in the chorus where James “J.T.” Taylor sings, “Oh what a night,” a lyrical nod to The Dells’ 1956 group harmony classic.

According to Khalis Bayyan (Ronald Bell), he tossed in the phrase as a nod to one of his mother’s favorite records. Mother Aminah always urged her sons, Ronald and Robert (Kool), to give the people something they could remember. Unfortunately, after 1976’s Open Sesame – Part 1, Kool & The Gang’s fans forgot more than they remembered.

A three year long dry spell followed. With their musical future in doubt, the Gang decided to give it one more shot, hiring Eumir Deodato to produce them and bringing on J.T. as lead singer.

For their first single outing after the changes, drummer George Brown laid down an infectious rhythm pattern, and Kool came up with a title. The result: Kool & the Gang refound their groove and Ladies Night kicked off another round of hitmaking.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Eumir Deodato

Lyrics Written by:

  • Ronald Bell
  • Claydes Charles Smith
  • George Brown
  • James “J.T.” Taylor
  • Robert Bell
  • Earl Toon, Jr.
  • Dennis Thomas
  • Meekaaeel Muhammad


  • “Ladies Night” won Best British Single at the 1981 Brit Awards