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Sir Earl Toon Jr.

Sir Earl Toon Jr. came to the White Mountains for a celebration — and he got one.

The legendary artist is best known as a former member of Kool & the Gang, which was one of the first successful African-American bands of the 1970s and ‘80s. During the band’s heyday, Sir Earl co-wrote such hits as “Ladies Night,” “Get Down on It,” “Too Hot” — and the hugely popular party song, “Celebration,” which hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for two weeks in a row, and remained on the charts for 30 weeks.

Becky Knapp is a lifelong journalist who has worked at newspapers in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Florida. Reach the reporter at

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