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August 23, 2006

Kool & the Gang lead guitarist and co-founder Claydes Charles Smith passed away June 20, at the age of 57. Smith—who was introduced to the guitar by his father in the early 1960s—wrote such Gang hits as “Joanna” and “Take My Heart,” and co-wrote the smashes “Celebration” and “Jungle Boogie.” “We’ve lost a member of our family,” said Kool & the Gang manager Tina Sinclair, “as well as an infinitely creative and gifted artist who was with the band from the very beginning.” —Kevin Owens

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