Earth, Wind & Fire
The brainchild of bandleader Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire perfectly balanced elements of R&B, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock and African music to create a universally appealing sound that was embraced by audiences across the spectrum. Frontline members including singer Philip Bailey and bass player Verdine White were integrated into a musically versatile and visually dynamic ensemble often numbering upwards of 10 members (including a horn section). EWF’s messages of love, positivity and spiritual connection forged a personal and lasting connection with fans across massive hits like “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World” and “September.” A decade deep into its 40+ year career, EWF continued to raise its game, as 1981’s platinum Raise! album topped Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart for an amazing 11 weeks, while its lead single “Let’s Groove” locked in at #1 for two months.
Did you know?
- Earth, Wind & Fire got their name from drummer and founding member Maurice White’s astrological sign, Sagittarius
- A pre-fame Earth, Wind & Fire performed the soundtrack to Melvin Van Peebles’ 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
- EWF was among the first musical acts to play at the White House after President Barack Obama took office