15 on the US Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. "[141], A song off the LP titled "Let Me Talk" reached No. [320][321], On April 25, 2007, EWF performed as the opening act at a special edition of American Idol entitled "Idol Gives Back". A single off the LP with Phil Collins called "Easy Lover," rose to No. [51][52] [332], EWF performed at the White House on February 22, 2009, for the Governors' Dinner; they were the first musical artists to perform there since Barack Obama took office. Considine of The Baltimore Sun noted that the album puts "Earth, Wind & Fire back on the rock and roll road". The LP got to No. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. [287][288] The second single "Hold Me" reached No. Maurice later spoke of a mild affliction with Parkinson's disease. 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[179][180] White went on to release a self-titled solo album in 1985 on Columbia. Maurice co-wrote with Allee Willis several new songs for the play. A sampler which featured remixes of Can't Hide Love and Let's Groove also came off the LP. [87][88] Craig Werner of Vibe called Spirit "one of the group's defining moments" and "gospel soul for the ages. [297], On December 11, 2004, EWF was honored at the first annual Grammy Jam held at Los Angeles's Wiltern Theater. Sometimes Vivid Seats offers VIP Earth Wind and Fire meet and greet tickets, which can cost more than front row seats or floor tickets. Graham previously played with the R&B group New Birth while McKay was a former member of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue and The Watts 103rd St. [277] On June 25, 2002, EWF was bestowed with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.[278]. 5 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. 23 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart and No. Another song entitled I've Had Enough got to No. The album's title track was also nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The album was re-issued in 2008 by Columbia/Legacy. [9][112][113][114] The song was Grammy-nominated in the category of Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. [78] It rose to No. Artists such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Isaac Hayes, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine posted messages on the site for White. [58][59], The band then collaborated with Ramsey Lewis on his album Sun Goddess which was produced by Maurice and issued in late 1974 by Columbia. Illumination reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart. [9], Dennis Hunt of The Los Angeles Times declared "Faces is the R&B album of the year. During their hiatus, Maurice went on to produce Barbra Streisand on her 1984 album Emotion. 36 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. LA Weekly noted the "standout track" is "Earth, Wind & Fire's funky club jam Dance, Dance, Dance". A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then the President of Columbia Records. 1 on the Billboard R&B songs chart and No. "[105], All 'n All won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus. [318][319] As well Dwele's rendition of "That's the Way of the World" and Meshell Ndegeocello's cover of "Fantasy", were each Grammy nominated in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The Best of the Emotions: Best of My Love, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The album got to No. 28 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. 2 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. 9 on the UK Blues & Soul Top British Soul Albums chart. Rock & Rule has also gone on to become a cult classic. During that year his second Gospel LP, Triumph, was issued and it also won a Grammy. [216][217][218], People magazine described Heritage as an album "with a full dose of energy and creativity". 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. George Chesterton of The Guardian noted that the song is "touched with the epic, … "[232] Renee Graham of The Boston Globe noted that Millennium "returns the band to its funk/r&b roots" with a "tasty bit of Minneapolis funk". Must there be a label?". [315], Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, an album featuring cover versions of EWF's material, was released in March 2007 on Stax Records. Earth, Wind & Fire Tags september, 9/11, earth wind and fire, disco, funk, closet pankin, trevor schmidt, demi adejuyigbe, kenny's hat Additional References Wikipedia About "September" is a classic 1978 funk / R&B song released by the band Earth, Wind and Fire which later became popularly used in video remixes online. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart. [311][312] Another single titled "Show Me The Way", featuring neo soul singer Raphael Saadiq got to No. [63] The concert was broadcast to over 100 countries. Maurice moved on from Chicago to Los Angeles. Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, released on November 17, 1998, by Columbia/Legacy Records. [10][235][236][237][238] Another single entitled "Spend the Night" rose to No. Earth Wind and Fire Floor Seats Earth Wind and Fire floor seats can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The album went on to be noted as one with a digitised neo soul sound and style. 30 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. 4 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. Earth, Wind & Fire (abbreviated as EWF or EW&F) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. [57], In September 1974, a compilation double album titled Another Time with all the songs from EWF's first two studio albums was released by Warner Bros. [368][370][369], EWF has influenced artists such as Beyoncé,[371] Usher,[372] will.i.am,[373] Janelle Monáe,[374] Mary J. Blige,[375] Prince,[376] Pharrell Williams,[377] India.Arie,[253] Jon Secada,[378] and Wyclef Jean. [117][118] The album was certified quintuple platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA. "After the Love Has Gone" also won a Grammy for the Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. Following the September 11 attacks of that year, the band members donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross at a September 13 show at Virginia's Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater, the band's first concert since those events took place. 33 on the Billboard 200 chart. "[89]John Rockwell of The New York Times also declared "what is most interesting about Maurice White and his musicians..is their refusal to be locked into any stylistic format. 1 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. [283][284] People magazine described The Promise as a "musically rich 17-track set (including five trademark instrumental interludes) that blows away most of today's R&B. Records. [62] [9], Maurice's astrological sign, Sagittarius, has a primary elemental quality of fire and seasonal qualities of earth and air, according to classical triplicities. [219] Don Palmer of Spin also proclaimed "EWF's newest kicks with some genuine enthusiasm". [6][7] As well other prominent members of EWF have included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Roland Bautista, Robert Brookins, Sonny Emory, Fred Ravel, Ronnie Laws, Sheldon Reynolds and Andrew Woolfolk. As a result, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Philip Bailey and Andrew Woolfolk returned with new members guitarist/vocalist Sheldon Reynolds, keyboardist Vance Taylor and drummer Sonny Emory. [352][353] On December 8, 2014, EWF performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Al Green. 24 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and has been certified Gold in France by the SNEP. On June 6, 1970, Verdine left Chicago to join the band as their new bassist. The album got to No. 19 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. [185][186] White went on to co-produce Pieces of a Dream's 1986 LP Joyride. The concert was Emmy-nominated in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Class. [10][99] The film's soundtrack was certified platinum in the US by the RIAA. [363], On September 10, 2019 The Los Angeles City Council declared that September 21 would now be dedicated Earth, Wind & Fire Day in honour of the group. [257][258], During Spring 1999, EWF appeared on the soundtrack of the animated sitcom The PJs. [10], In 2006, Maurice worked with Maurice Hines, brother of famed entertainer Gregory Hines, to release the Broadway play Hot Feet. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. [9], The band's follow-up album was co-produced by Maurice and Joe Wissert. 3 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. [9][4], The band has won six Grammys from their 17 nominations[10] and four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations. [79][80] The album was certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. After Open Our Eyes was issued, Maurice's younger brother, Fred White, joined the band. The band also began to be choreographed by George Faison. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Soul Albums charts respectively. [409] Dionne Warwick has named Earth, Wind & Fire as her favorite group of all time. The soundtrack, composed by Van Peebles, was released in April 1971 on Stax Records. At the gala the band performed a medley of "Boogie Wonderland", "Shining Star" and "September". This LP was recorded at Colorado's Caribou Ranch Studio and issued under the title of Open Our Eyes in March 1974. [10] A second single titled "Side by Side" got to No. "[135] Chuck Pratt of the Chicago Sun Times exclaimed "this fine funk soul group puts its best face forward on this ambitious and generous double pocket set of intricately produced, high gloss funk. 13 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and No. [336] In September 2009 EWF were bestowed with the Daniel L. Stephenson award for lifetime achievement in music at the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival. The album also rose to No. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. [310] EWF also covered Outkast's "The Way You Move" featuring saxophonist Kenny G on the album. [240], In November 1993, EWF performed at the American Music Awards 20th anniversary special. [410] Mark Ronson has also proclaimed that he loves "anything by Earth, Wind & Fire". [3][1][4] Rolling Stone called them "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". [70][71][72], From the LP came the single "Shining Star", which rose to No. The album rose to No. On this album EWF collaborated with artists such as will.i.am, Kelly Rowland, Outkast's Big Boi, Floetry and Brian McKnight. [18][9][6], The band's self-titled debut album was released in February 1971 on Warner Bros. [293][294] EWF also covered Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" on his May 2004 tribute album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. [127], Connie Johnson of The Los Angeles Times proclaimed that the album was "freshly innovative for EW&F. [204], David Emerson of The Boston Globe called Touch the World "one of their toughest and most convincing records ever". 23 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart. [25], In November 1971, EWF's second album, titled The Need of Love, was issued. [55] [399] The band has influenced artists such as Bonnie Raitt,[400] Erykah Badu,[401] Jamie Foxx,[402] Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy,[403] Lalah Hathaway,[404] Amy Winehouse,[405] and Meghan Trainor. [110][111], EWF also appeared in the July 1978 feature film Sgt. Davis was soon replaced by Jessica Cleaves, a former member of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction. The Baltimore Sun also described I Am as being "faultlessly produced. 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. [10] On October 30, 1981 EWF appeared at American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special, where they performed "Let's Groove". A new horn section dubbed the Earth, Wind & Fire Horns was created, made up of Gary Bias on the saxophone, Raymond Lee Brown on the trumpet, and Reggie Young on the flugelhorn and trombone. [340][341], In November 2011, the band received the Legend Award at the Soul Train Awards at Atlanta, Georgia's Fox Theatre. The song also reached No. Along with EW&F, Maurice White was posthumously bestowed with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony on February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. 2 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart and No. [106], A song from the LP called "Serpentine Fire" rose to No. They have a great message. Artists such as his former bandleader Ramsey Lewis; singer Deniece Williams, who had once been a member of Stevie Wonder's "Wonderlove" backup group; and girl group the Emotions, were signed to the production company. [54] "[129], A song from the LP titled "Boogie Wonderland", featuring the Emotions, got to No. 19 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. [125][126] I Am was certified double platinum in the US by the RIAA. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. [9], During 1972, Maurice added vocalist Helena Davis, Ronnie Laws on the flute and saxophone, rhythm guitarist Roland Bautista, keyboardist Larry Dunn, vocalist Philip Bailey and percussionist Ralph Johnson to the group. [239], On October 13 of that year, former lead vocalist Wade Flemons died from cancer in Battle Creek, Michigan. [313] Show Me The Way was also Grammy nominated in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Earth, Wind & Fire (abbreviated as EW&F or simply EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. Robert Randolph and the Family Band performed their single "I Need More Love" and then all of the bands teamed to sing Parliament Funkadelic's classic "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)". [411], In the movie BAADASSSSS!, the actor Khalil Kain portrayed a young Maurice White leading the early incarnation of Earth, Wind & Fire. [349], On September 13, 2014, EWF performed at Proms in the Park at Hyde Park with the BBC Concert Orchestra. 32 on the Billboard 200 chart. [8] The band is known for its kalimba sound, dynamic horn section, energetic and elaborate stage shows, and the contrast between Philip Bailey's falsetto vocals and Maurice White's baritone. Rolling Stone called them "innovative, … 14 on the UK Singles Chart. 17 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. The Village Voice's Robert Christgau also described the album as a complete "tour de force". [364] During November 22 of that year the band received the Portrait of a Nation Prize at the Smithsonian's American Portrait Gala. 12 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart and No. (Billboard 200)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let's Groove (Hot R&B Songs)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let's Groove (Hot 100)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Wanna Be With You (Hot Soul Songs)", "American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Top R&B Albums)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Billboard 200)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Fall in Love with Me (Hot R&B Songs)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Fall in Love with Me (Hot 100)", "Rock & Rule Blu-Ray Release: Debbie Harry and Cheap Trick vs. "System of Survival" was nominated for a Soul Train Award in the category of Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo. One of my favorite, their sound is innovative with Funk, Jazz, pop & R&B, the horns are great. 22 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. [10], During October 1980, EWF issued a double album titled Faces. [357] During December 4 of that year, the band were also honoured with a Ebony Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ebony Power 100 Gala held in the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Maurice held further auditions in L.A. where he added Michael Beal on guitar, Chester Washington on reeds, and Leslie Drayton on trumpet. "Keep Your Head to the Sky" rose to No. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Real...Earth, Wind & Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire on AllMusic - 2017 "Earth, Wind & Fire became the first black performers to headline throughout the world … 1 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart and No. Artists such as Debbie Harry of Blondie, Lou Reed and Cheap Trick also featured on the soundtrack. [304][305], Raymond Fiore of Entertainment Weekly described the LP as a mix of "modern beats and retro, horn-lined soul". [102][103] John Rockwell of The New York Times declared "All ‘n All shows Maurice White and his cohorts pushing their music ever more in a febrile jazz‐rock direction. [264] A website titled www.Startalk.org was set up in 1999 in honor of Maurice. Terry Lawson of the Detroit Free Press called Greatest Hits a "stellar single disc distillation" and a "shimmering state of sonic funk perfection". [234], The album's first single "Sunday Morning" got to No. "[159][160] Hugh Wyatt of the New York Daily News found "Earth, Wind & Fire gives new meaning to the word classy, and I like it". [130][131] The song was also Grammy nominated in the categories of Best Disco Recording and Best R&B Instrumental Performance. At the label also came a recording studio known as Magnet Vision. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. [155], During February 1983, EWF issued a studio album titled Powerlight. "[90] Spirit was certified double platinum in the US by the RIAA. As a double LP the new album titled Gratitude was issued in November 1975. This DVD was released on June 28, 2005, and was certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA. Earth Wind & Fire's Concert History. On March 6, 2000, EWF was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by hip hop artist Lil' Kim to a standing ovation during the 15th annual ceremony held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. 12 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs chart. 40 on the Billboard 200 chart. 18 on the UK Blues & Soul Top British Soul Albums chart. [168] The album got to No. 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Not only was the song a commercial hit, it was the first song released on EWF’s label ARC. During May 2003, EWF issued The Promise on Kalimba Records. The song went on to appear on his 2013 album Authentic. Phyl Garland of Stereo Review wrote "with this set of skillfully shaped songs, White has positioned Earth, Wind & Fire to move into the next century". [98][200], During 1987, Maurice went about reconvening the band. 44 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart. [148], Ken Tucker of Rolling Stone described Raise! Open Our Eyes was certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.[53]. 19 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. [120][121] "September" also reached No. With a sound that blends funk, jazz, pop, soul and R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire launched a musical genre that can't be confined to a specific label except their own. Verdine White went on to promote go-go bands like Trouble Funk and E.U..[9] The compilation album The Collection was released May 1986, stayed at No. Conceived by drummer, bandleader, songwriter, kalimba player, and occasional vocalist … "[285] Steve Jones of USA Today wrote "with horn-kissed ballads and infectious jazz funk grooves, the band seems to have regained its spark". 23 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.[176]. The song is the title track of Earth, Wind & Fire's 1975 album That's the Way of the World.The track was produced by bandleader Maurice White, who also wrote the song along with Charles Stepney and Verdine White.. Critical reception. [13][292][12] On February 8, 2004, EWF performed in a tribute to funk at the 46th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Updated every three hours. [23], EWF went on to perform the entire soundtrack of the Melvin Van Peebles feature film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. [343] On February 29, 2012, former EWF rhythm guitarist Roland Bautista died, at the age of 60. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [97][98] The album cut "Earth, Wind and Fire" was Grammy nominated for Best Instrumental Composition. [306] Steve Jones of USA Today noted that on the album EWF are as "vibrant as ever". [201][210][211], During November 1988, EWF issued a compilation album titled The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. Stepney had previously worked with artists such as the Dells, Terry Callier and Minnie Riperton and the collective group the Rotary Connection, of which Riperton was a member. 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[231], Tom Sinclair of Vibe proclaimed that EWF "demonstrate they still have the knack for constructing mellifluous R&B on the visionary/romantic tip. 2. 29 on the UK Singles Chart. 35 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart. [205] Pamela Bloom of High Fidelity Pamela Bloom of High Fidelity proclaimed "the message, as always, [212][213] With the LP came a new song titled "Turn on (The Beat Box)", which was released as a single and reached No. [187][188][189] He then produced Neil Diamond on his 1986 album Headed for the Future. 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[228][229][230] Millennium has also been certified Gold in Japan by the RIAJ. With only Verdine left, Maurice decided to re-form the group. Spin called Rock & Rule "the greatest oddball scifi musical ever committed to animation cels". [84] "Can't Hide Love" was Grammy nominated for Best Arrangement For Voices. A sum of the proceeds went to the AFS Intercultural Exchanges programme, an international body based in 70 countries which places exchange students with host families. [115], In 1978, White established a vanity label of CBS titled The American Record Company (ARC), and alongside sound engineer George Massenburg, a new recording studio called 'The Complex' in West Los Angeles. about. [42], Vince Aletti of Rolling Stone declared that EWF "sound like a cosmic choir and generate a Sly Stone effect" on an album that's "certainly beyond all expectations". [60][61] Trombonist Alex Thomas completed the then ten-man EWF lineup. 19 on the UK R&B Albums chart. 39 on the Cashbox Top R&B Singles chart. 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[279] The album has been certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. "[171] Matty Karas of Rolling Stone also described Electric Universe as being full of "sensuous, and at times, rock oriented dance material. They are one of the most successful bands of the 20th century. 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and No.7 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. Keep stats clean and add the correct artist name to your ID3 tags to avoid incorrect or duplicate artists - Add the comma, it is "earth", "wind" and "fire", not "EARTH WIND" and fire". [5] VH1 has also described EWF as "one of the greatest bands" ever. [346], On January 13, 2014, former percussionist Beloyd Taylor, who co-wrote the band's 1976 hit "Getaway", died. [9][16], The Salty Peppers' second single, "Uh Huh Yeah", did not fare as well. 8 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart and No. [10][308][309], A song from the album, called "Pure Gold", reached No.