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What are the names of some popular 80s R&B groups?

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Popular 1980s R&B groups include Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang. These groups made numerous appearances at the tops of airplay and record sale charts, and they performed around the country on many sold-out tours. As of 2015, their music continues to be popular among several generations and is also used in movies, television shows and commercials.

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Earth, Wind & Fire is known for their many hit songs, including "September," "Let's Groove," "That's the Way of the World" and "Shining Star." Founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1969, Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the world's top-selling bands of all time, with over 100 million records sold. They have received 20 Grammy Award nominations, winning six group awards, and 12 American Music Award nominations, winning four. They are inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kool & the Gang's hits include "Jungle Boogie," "Ladies' Night," "Get Down on It" and "Celebration." Despite several changes in members, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and collected three American Music Awards, a Grammy Award and a Soultrain Music Special Lifetime Achievement Award.

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