Ronald Bell explained: Rick wrote the verses, and it's a true story. We did play in Hollywood [to record Live at ] and he was taken by it. But while it was a true story, it was really for everybody. As kids, Kool and I used to go see John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Art Blakey, all the jazz greats. Hollywood Swinging: A Tribute to Kool & The Gang kicks off our main series on Friday, October 19. This 7 piece band is the ultimate tribute to the supergroup! Kool & the Gang won numerous awards including two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. Earlier this year, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.