Originally forming as a Jazz band, Kool & the Gang soon would implement Funk and Soul which led to a series of albums that charted well on the R&B charts. Some of Kool’s efforts managed to crossover into mainstream Pop success. In retrospect, the work of Kool & the Gang has occasionally been compared to that of Parliament and James Brown. It was however when singer, J.T. Taylor was brought in that their sound shifted to a hybrid of Funk and Pop that gave them a six year run of chart success. As successful as this period was, it ironically may not help them get inducted, as their earlier work had the originality that the Hall genuinely looks for. Should the Hall look at their entire body of work and not just their 80’s chart success, their chances will improve.