What people keep getting confused about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is that inductees should just be "rock and roll" artists, yet there are many inductees not strictly "rock and roll" artists, I.e. Michael Jackson, The Supremes, James Brown. What they keep misunderstanding is that the Hall of Fame is for all artists who have impacted Rock and Roll through other genres of music, whether it be jazz, R&B and country. You can't tell me rock artists have not been influenced by artists of another genre and vice versa. Thus, as Kool & The Gang have been instrumental (with their instruments, mind you) and influencial in all music genres, they should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Any musical artist whether good or bad deserve to be recognized as long as they made an impact to the music industry. Kool and the Gang made music that made an impact to people therefore they deserve their spot in the Hall of Fame just like everyone else. Even if artist are not like greatly by everyone they deserve a shot.
Kool and the Gang has brought a unique combination of jazz and R&B to the music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, as one of the first disco bands. Their versatility in music style has made them pioneers in music with their catchy dance tunes, but also in their inspirational ballads. They have received numerous awards and have become one of the most popular groups in history with a worldwide crossover audience.
The work of Kool and the Gang goes back into the sixties. Thom Bell and company in the sixties and seventies performed classic rhythym and blues instrumentals,,and some jazz numbers on their early albums. It seems that Rock and Roll encompassed blues, jazz and all the music that were its roots. Therfore this group should be elected.
Personally, I don't believe that Kool and the Gang's music truly counts as Rock and Roll music. Their music, while extraordinary and something that I enjoy listening to, is much more jazz, rap and rhythm and blues than Rock and Roll. Kool and the Gang do deserve praise and merit, just elsewhere.