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Date of Birth 6 September 1948Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death 20 June 2006Maplewood, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameClaydes Charles Smith

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Claydes Smith was born on September 6, 1948 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Claydes Charles Smith. He died on June 20, 2006 in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Trivia (3)

Co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool & The Gang. He wrote their hit "Joanna" and co-wrote their big hit "Celebration".
He is survived by his six children and nine grandchildren.
He and Kool & the Gang were inducted into the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Performance Arts Category.

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