EARTH, WIND & FIRE
Members: Maurice White, Verdine White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, ect..
Genre: Soul, R&B
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Awards: Six Grammys
Albums: That’s the Way of the World, Gratitude, Spirit, All ‘N All, I Am, Faces, Raise
Hits: “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song,” “Got to Get You into My Life,” After the Love Has Gone,” “Let’s Groove”
From the 1970s to the present day, Earth, Wind and Fire have endured as one of the timeless acts of funk, R&B and blues, blending various music genres into a dynamic force that continues to be successful. The enduring sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire's horn section, the smooth falsetto of lead singer Maurice White and the band's catchy grooves helped them to break into a variety of charts and bring funk to the masses. With the band's seamless ability to improvise like a jazz band, play slow ballads and break right back into funk riffs, Earth, Wind and Fire created a proven formula that spawned a new generation of artists.
Earth, Wind and Fire's first few albums helped them break onto the scene and make waves in the early funk scene of the 1970s. It wasn't until their second release with Columbia Records, Head to the Sky, that the band first broke onto the charts. The album hit No. 27 on the pop charts and No. 2 on the Billboard R&B charts. The band finally got its first chart-topping hit in 1975 upon the release of That's the Way of the World. The single "Shining Star" would become a dance club anthem, reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and net the group a series of Grammy Awards.
All in All was Earth, Wind and Fire's fifth studio album and achieved platinum sales, as well as giving the group a series of Grammy Awards. The band also surprised observers by the strong airplay of their cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper and the Lonely Hearts Club Band track, "Got to Get You Into My Life." The song is still a favorite at Earth, Wind and Fire concerts and hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts.
Earth, Wind and Fire continued to be a factor in the 1980s and '90s, working with a variety of accomplished artists over the years. While Maurice Smith has become the band's producer, songwriter and occasional vocalist, the new lineup has a few new members and continues to enthrall audiences all over the country. Ever since they broke onto the scene in the early 1970s, Earth, Wind and Fire has remained one of the most popular funk and R&B acts around and has made an indelible impact on American music.
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High Energy These guys (including the 3 original members can really "bring it". Phil Bailey can still climb the ladder with those notes. The lighting and sound was great but what amazes me about this band is that they captivate the audience from age 20 (waving and clapping)...(they weren't even close to being born yet when this music was on the charts) and then you have 75 year old couples doing the exact same thing right next to them. Perhaps the only band that can achieve that. Fantastic show. I've seen them a couple of times but my wife had not. You could not wipe the smile off her face the entire time. August 18, 2014
Great Night Out A friend whom I hadn't seen since I was a little girl came in from another state to visit her family and we got together and my awesome hubby bought us tickets to see Earth Wind and Fire at Nokia. Couldn't have asked for a better time. I think they are better now then they were back then! June 3, 2011
Fun Concert They were so fun. They were all moving around, and the music was great. They perform great live August 10, 2010