Earth, Wind, & Fire
When people think of legendary bands from the 70’s, Earth, Wind & Fire comes to everyone’s head. EWF was one of the most accomplished, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful bands in their era. With over 20 studio albums, a handful of live albums, dozens of compilation albums and a seemingly endless list of singles, EWF’s reign lasted their lifetime. No other musician had such an all-encompassing musical vision. Their sound was rooted by funk, but incorporated themes of jazz, soul, gospel, pop, rock & roll, psychedelia, blues, and even disco. EWF’s eclectic nature was part of a broader concept of cosmic, mystical spirituality. Not all their projects worked, but EWF took all that came before them and turned it into a dizzying, spectacular result.
Founding and Career
The list of past and current band members for Earth, Wind & Fire is vast, but Maurice White can be credited as the face and leader of the group. White left his session drummer position to create The Salty Peppers with keyboardist Don Whitehead and singer Wade Flemons. He moved to LA with most of the band and renamed themselves Earth, Wind & Fire. They signed with Warner Bros, where they released their self-titled debut album as well as the 1971 follow up, The Need of Love. However, both albums were commercially unsuccessful, and White dismantled the original group in 1972.
A new grouping of Earth Wind & Fire signed with CBS later that year. Head To the Sky would completely broaden their cult following and Open Our Eyes from 1974 was their first big hit. Open our Eyes would go gold and set EWF for a blockbuster breakthrough.
1977 brought All n’ All, which featured hits like “Fantasy” and “Serpentine Fire”. In the following year, The band appeared in the film version if Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and their cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” soared to the Top Ten list.
By 1981 when Raise was released, a decline in creative consistency was becoming apparent. White disbanded the group in 1983 for a hiatus. The members would reunite in 1987 to release Touch the World, which performed surprisingly well. However, their second wind would not last long, and tragedy struck in 1993 when Don Myrick was murdered. The White brothers returned once again in 1997 with a small label and released In the Name of Love.
Earth, Wind & Fire have made some recent ventures with the release of The Promise in 2003 and Illumination in 2005. They continued touring and even made an appearance on American Idol’s Idol Gives Back in 2007. Maurice and Verdine White, Bailey, Dunn and McKay were all inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Earth, Wind & Tickets
A career encompassing multiple generations with countless albums, singles, live performances, Grammy Awards and recognitions have granted EWF as a must-see band. Tickets are high in demand, so make sure you purchase your Earth, Wind & Fire concert tickets here on ScoreBig today!