Kool & the Gang's Local Connection

Kool & the Gang's Local Connection

There are 19 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Feb 20, 2008, titled Kool & the Gang's Local Connection. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

A Lackawanna native sings lead for most Kool & the Gang songs. In fact, Shawn McQuiller still lives in the Steel City.

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Andy

Buffalo, NY

#1 Feb 20, 2008
Kool & The Gang has had a longtime local connection.....all the way back to the 80's when Curtis Williams from Buffalo (City Honors alumni) was with the band.
Dictionary Please

Windham, ME

#2 Feb 20, 2008
Honestly WHO CARES!?

So this guy from the garbage dump named lackawanna has been the lead singer for a garbage dump of a group for over a decade. Why is this news. No wonder people think this town sucks, this is considered NEWS!?

Didn't a fruit cart roll over or something today? Something that is new and might interest viewer!?
Larry J

Osceola, IA

#3 Feb 20, 2008
"Dictionary Please", you are so correct. You personify what some people perceive the WNY resident to be, unfortunately.
Find some intimacy, move your bowels, do whatever you need to cheer yourself up.
I defy you to listen to ANY Kool & the Gang song without gettin' down! It can't be done. They're classic and fabulous. We're proud of you, Shawn. Dictionary Please, PLEASE- get a life. Funny how you have time to read & respond to items like this as you mock those of us who call it news......
marko

Troy, NY

#4 Feb 21, 2008
Making hits for 40 years??? Name one in the last 25
AKJ

Atlanta, GA

#5 Feb 21, 2008
marko wrote:
Making hits for 40 years??? Name one in the last 25
Again, nothing positive. Show this group some respect. They are legends in thier own right. They performed in the 70's, 80's and 90's you idiot!
Nicerthanyou

Olean, NY

#6 Feb 21, 2008
Dictionary Please wrote:
Honestly WHO CARES!?
So this guy from the garbage dump named lackawanna has been the lead singer for a garbage dump of a group for over a decade. Why is this news. No wonder people think this town sucks, this is considered NEWS!?
Didn't a fruit cart roll over or something today? Something that is new and might interest viewer!?
Shawn makes a living going around the world and entertaining people. People obviously still like Kool & the Gang's music. What's wrong with that? Where do you live that's so wonderful that you can be so critical of Lackawanna (and no, I don't live there), and what do you do for a living that's so wonderful that you can be so critical of Shawn and Kool & the Gang?

You sat and watched the interview, so you weren't too busy doing anything to make the world better. Shawn makes people smile when he sings, so he towers over you. Give people some credit, or take some singing lessons and try to do what Shawn does -- then maybe you can criticize.
ilovemykids

East Hampton, CT

#7 Feb 21, 2008
i guess you miserable people would rather hear a story about this guy if he was dead or in jails. chill on the haterade and show this guy and this band some respect.
AKJ

Atlanta, GA

#8 Feb 21, 2008
ilovemykids wrote:
i guess you miserable people would rather hear a story about this guy if he was dead or in jails. chill on the haterade and show this guy and this band some respect.
PREACH IT!!!!!!!!!!
Frank

Buffalo, NY

#9 Feb 21, 2008
I don't like modern rap music, but the good old days were where it's at... Kool and the Gang were classics...don't knick it if you haven't heard it...
A fan

Depew, NY

#10 Feb 21, 2008
I love Kool and the Gang - always have. Classic dance music! Glad to see there is a local connection.
nwfan

Puyallup, WA

#11 Feb 21, 2008
marko wrote:
Making hits for 40 years??? Name one in the last 25
They may not be chart toppers like they used to be, but there'e still making music.
Steppin' Into Love spent 24 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at # 7 in 2006. They had another single called "Dave" 6 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the fall of 2007, peaking at # 13. Not bad for a group that gets almost no marketing budget from their label.
Charlotte

Lancaster, NY

#12 Feb 22, 2008
marko wrote:
Making hits for 40 years??? Name one in the last 25
I guess you weren't around in the 70s and 80s.

For the position on the charts, look here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kool_%26_the_Gan...

1969 "Kool and the Gang"
1970 "Let the Music Take Your Mind"
1970 "Funky Man"
1971 "I Want to Take You Higher"
"Who's Gonna Take the Weight (Part One)"
1972 "Love the Life You Live, Part I"
1973 "Funky Stuff"
1974 "Jungle Boogie"
"Hollywood Swinging"
"Higher Plane"
1975 "Rhyme Tyme People"
"Summer Madness"
"Spirit of the Boogie"
"Caribbean Festival"
1976 "Love and Understanding (Come Together)"
"Universal Sound"
1977 "Open Sesame" Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
1978 "Slick Superchick"
1979 "Ladies' Night"
1980 "Too Hot"
"Hangin' Out"
"Celebration"
1981 "Jones vs. Jones"
"Take It to the Top"
"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)"
1982 "Steppin' Out"
"Get Down on It"
"Big Fun"
"Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho"
1983 "Let's Go Dancin'(Ooh La, La, La)"
"Street Kids"
"Straight Ahead"
"Joanna"
1984 "Tonight"
"When You Say You Love Somebody (In the Heart)"
"Misled"
1985 "Fresh"
"Cherish"
"Emergency"
1986 "Victory"
1987 "Stone Love"
"Holiday"
"Special Way"
1988 "Rags to Riches"
1989 "Raindrops"
"Never Give Up"
2005 "Hollywood Swinging"
Be Cool soundtrack
AKJ

Atlanta, GA

#13 Feb 25, 2008
Charlotte wrote:
<quoted text>
I guess you weren't around in the 70s and 80s.
For the position on the charts, look here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kool_%26_the_Gan...
1969 "Kool and the Gang"
1970 "Let the Music Take Your Mind"
1970 "Funky Man"
1971 "I Want to Take You Higher"
"Who's Gonna Take the Weight (Part One)"
1972 "Love the Life You Live, Part I"
1973 "Funky Stuff"
1974 "Jungle Boogie"
"Hollywood Swinging"
"Higher Plane"
1975 "Rhyme Tyme People"
"Summer Madness"
"Spirit of the Boogie"
"Caribbean Festival"
1976 "Love and Understanding (Come Together)"
"Universal Sound"
1977 "Open Sesame" Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
1978 "Slick Superchick"
1979 "Ladies' Night"
1980 "Too Hot"
"Hangin' Out"
"Celebration"
1981 "Jones vs. Jones"
"Take It to the Top"
"Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)"
1982 "Steppin' Out"
"Get Down on It"
"Big Fun"
"Hi De Hi, Hi De Ho"
1983 "Let's Go Dancin'(Ooh La, La, La)"
"Street Kids"
"Straight Ahead"
"Joanna"
1984 "Tonight"
"When You Say You Love Somebody (In the Heart)"
"Misled"
1985 "Fresh"
"Cherish"
"Emergency"
1986 "Victory"
1987 "Stone Love"
"Holiday"
"Special Way"
1988 "Rags to Riches"
1989 "Raindrops"
"Never Give Up"
2005 "Hollywood Swinging"
Be Cool soundtrack
!!!!!LMAO OFF TO "MARKO".
LuvNlife

AOL

#14 Mar 4, 2008
Not only has Shawn made millions of people all over the world smile, but to know that someone like him chooses to live modestly. He is also an inspiration to kids who think there that there is now way out of a small town! Another reason why music should be kept in the schools! Kool and The Gang is one of the hardest working bands I know. Some people think because you have a hit you have it made. Well some of these Chart toppers can't sell one ticket! While Kool and the Gang has been touring non stop selling out shows all over the world!!!!
LackGirl

Portville, NY

#15 Mar 4, 2008
Dictionary Please wrote:
Honestly WHO CARES!?
So this guy from the garbage dump named lackawanna has been the lead singer for a garbage dump of a group for over a decade. Why is this news. No wonder people think this town sucks, this is considered NEWS!?
Didn't a fruit cart roll over or something today? Something that is new and might interest viewer!?
are u serious...why did u even bother postin anything at all if u didnt like the group or the town they are from....nobody made u read the story or psot a comment...and honestly who cares if u dont like the group y did u read the story at all...are u really that bored in ur life that u had to find something to do and this was the first thing u could think of...wow
Ex Fan

Yucaipa, CA

#16 May 6, 2008
K&TG sucks now. I just watched em on HD net and the new lead singer is horrible. He cant sing so he ooos and aahhs alot but its just pathetic. He kills the classic songs. Lead singer man who made that dumb decision. He is just horrible. He takes the magic out of the songs. The music is still great but the lead vocals suck. It kinda sad to see em try to bring younger audiences in with gimmics too.
Julie Marr

Buffalo, NY

#17 Aug 7, 2008
I don't know the guy from Cain. However, my best friend Kathy to this day will tell you how she worked @ Sun TV (McKinley Mall) and he worked there. Early 90's, she says he was the nicest guy. The way everyone there found out about who he was?? Was because, Sun TV was selling 80's tapes and a coworker saw Shawn on the cover. I guess when he was confronted about it, he was very humble and his wife and kids ment more to him. True story! So maybe who ever the "Hater of success" here on the boards, Could justify his name calling and nonsense? I'm sure some sense would be made and people would see how envy really make you looks like a loser.
cat

Fort Myers, FL

#18 Sep 24, 2008
nwfan wrote:
<quoted text>
They may not be chart toppers like they used to be, but there'e still making music.
Steppin' Into Love spent 24 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at # 7 in 2006. They had another single called "Dave" 6 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the fall of 2007, peaking at # 13. Not bad for a group that gets almost no marketing budget from their label.
Thanks all who have showed soum love for this AMAZING Jazz Funk & R&B Band still TOURING SILL SOLD OUT SHOWS Here and Internationally & a NEW CD is named STILL KOOL So if ur on myspace we have a fan site and Info on Shawn & all the Guys myspacekoolandthegangfans4ever
cat

Fort Myers, FL

#19 Sep 24, 2008
Oh to EX FAN That show you saw on HDNET Was their 40th Anniversary orininally aired 2 yrs or more ago! and it was EXCELLENT I have the DVD and just for your information THE NEW LEAD Singer Jirmad Gordon was not on that show! He is 26yrs old and can SANG! He is featured On Still Kool CD
SO catch up maybe you wont be an EX Fan because I know them personally and they are a bunch of extremley talented Musicians, dancers and singers with several new YOUNG WELCOME MEMBERS I actually went up to Buffalo to see a show last Dec at Niagara Senaca Casino 2 GREAT SHOWS! Check the Fan site on myspace myspacekoolandthegangfans4ever

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