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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Earth, Wind & Fire

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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Earth, Wind & Fire

PROFILE: Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, Latin and African.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The band was formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969
  • The band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards.
  • They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
  • They have sold over 90 million albums worldwide earning them a place on the list of the best-selling music artists where they are ranked as the seventh best selling American band of all time.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine has previously described Earth, Wind & Fire as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and has also declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop.”
  • Earth, Wind & Fire were also ranked at number 60 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
  • The band received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 14, 1995.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Verdine White, Al McKay and Larry Dunn were inducted to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame on June 17, 2010.

CURRENT MEMBERS:

  • Philip Bailey – vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Verdine White – bass, percussion, vocals
  • Ralph Johnson – drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth – percussion, vocals
  • Myron McKinley – keyboards, musical director
  • John Paris – drums, vocals
  • Philip Bailey, Jr. – vocals, percussion
  • Morris O’Connor – lead guitar, vocals
  • Serg Dimitrijevic – rhythm guitar, vocals

FORMER BAND MEMBERS:

  • Maurice White – vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion, band creator and leader (1970-2016; his death)
  • Michael Beale -guitar, harmonica
  • Leslie Drayton – trumpet
  • Wade Flemons – electric piano, vocals
  • Yackov Ben Israel – conga, percussion
  • Sherry Scott – vocals
  • Alexander Thomas – trombone
  • Chester Washington – tenor saxophone
  • Don Whitehead – acoustic/electric pianos, vocals
  • Helena Davis – vocals
  • Roland Bautista – lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Jessica Cleaves – keyboards, synthesizers, minimoog, musical director
  • Madeline Evans – keyboards, vocals
  • Ronnie Laws – flute, soprano/tenor saxaphones
  • Johnny Graham – lead/rhythm guitar, trumpet percussion
  • Al McKay – lead/rhythm guitar, sitar, percussion, vocals
  • Andrew Woolfolk – flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Fred White – drums, percussion
  • Beloyd Taylor – percussion, vocals
  • Sonny Emory – drums, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds – lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Dick Smith – lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vance Taylor – keyboards, musical director
  • Fred Ravel – keyboards, musical director
  • Morris Pleasure – keyboards, bass, musical director
  • David Romero – percussion
  • Mike McKnight – technician, keyboards
  • Robert Brookins, – keyboards, musical director
  • Gordon Campbell – drums
  • Bobby Gonzoles – lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Daniel de los Reyes – percussion
  • Kimberly Brewer – vocals
  • John Johnson – lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Krystal Bailey – vocals
  • Kim Johnson – vocals
  • Greg “G-Mo” Moore – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vadim Ziberstein – lead guitar, vocals

VIDEOS:

DISCOGRAPHY:

  • Earth, Wind & Fire (1971)
  • The Need of Love (1971)
  • Last Days and Time (1972)
  • Head to the Sky (1973)
  • Open Our Eyes (1974)
  • That’s the Way of the World (1975)
  • Spirit (1976)
  • All ‘n All (1977)
  • I Am (1979)
  • Faces (1980)
  • Raise! (1981)
  • Powerlight (1983)
  • Electric Universe (1983)
  • Touch the World (1987)
  • Heritage (1990)
  • Millennium (1993)
  • In the Name of Love (1997)
  • The Promise (2003)
  • Illumination (2005)
  • Now, Then & Forever (2013)
  • Holiday (2014)

TOP 10 ALBUMS

  • 1975: That’s the Way of the World (US #1)
  • 1975: Gratitude (US #1)
  • 1976: Spirit (US #2)
  • 1977: All ‘n All (US #3)
  • 1979: I Am (US #3; UK #5)
  • 1980: Faces (US #10; UK #10)
  • 1981: Raise! (US #5)

TOP 10 SINGLES:

  • 1975: “Shining Star” (US #1)
  • 1975: “Sing a Song” (US #5)
  • 1978: “Got to Get You Into My Life” (US #9)
  • 1978: “September” (US #8; UK #3)
  • 1979: “Boogie Wonderland” (featuring The Emotions) (US #6; UK #4)
  • 1979: “After the Love Has Gone” (US #2; UK #4)
  • 1981: “Let’s Groove” ( US #3; UK #3)

SOURCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Earth,_Wind_%26_Fire_band_members
http://www.earthwindandfire.com/history/biography/

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