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Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of the 20th century. Rolling Stone Magazine described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop".

The band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1971, having grown out of a previous band known as The Salty Peppers. Other members have included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay and Andrew Woolfolk. The band has received 20 Grammy nominations; they won six as a group and two of its members, Maurice White and Bailey, won separate individual awards. Earth, Wind & Fire have 12 American Music Awards nominations and four awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 100 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. Five members of Earth, Wind & Fire were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame: Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay. The music industry and fans have bestowed Lifetime Achievement honors from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award – 2002), NAACP (Hall of Fame – 1994) and the BET Awards (Lifetime Achievement Award – 2002).

Earth, Wind & Fire is known for the dynamic sound of their horn section, their energetic and elaborate stage shows, and the interplay between the contrasting vocals of Philip Bailey's falsetto and Maurice White's tenor. The kalimba (African thumb piano) is played on all of the band's albums. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the band had many hits, including "Shining Star", "That's the Way of the World", "Devotion", "Reasons", "Sing a Song", "Can't Hide Love", "Getaway", "Fantasy", "Love's Holiday", "September", "Boogie Wonderland", "After the Love Has Gone", and "Let's Groove". Two Earth, Wind & Fire classic songs have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame: "That’s the Way of the World" (2004) and "Shining Star" (2007).

The band is also known as having been the first African-American act to sell out Madison Square Garden and to receive the MSG Gold Ticket Award. President Barack Obama invited Earth, Wind & Fire to perform at the White House for the first social event of the new administration.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 4
1971 The Need of Love Earth, Wind & Fire 2
1972 Last Days and Time Earth, Wind & Fire 3
1973 Head to the Sky Earth, Wind & Fire 4
1974 Open Our Eyes Earth, Wind & Fire 7
1975 That’s the Way of the World Earth, Wind & Fire 6
1976 Spirit Earth, Wind & Fire 4 5
1977 All 'n All Earth, Wind & Fire 9
1979 I Am Earth, Wind & Fire 8
1980 Faces Earth, Wind & Fire 5 5
1981 Raise! Earth, Wind & Fire 3 3
1983 Powerlight Earth, Wind & Fire 3 4
1983 Electric Universe Earth, Wind & Fire 2 3
1987 Touch the World Earth, Wind & Fire 5 5
1990 Heritage Earth, Wind & Fire 3
1993 Millennium Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1997 In the Name of Love Earth, Wind & Fire 2
2001 The Essential Earth, Wind, & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2002 The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire 3.0 Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2003 The Promise Earth, Wind & Fire 2
2003 Avatar Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2005 Illumination Earth, Wind & Fire 2
2006 In the Name of Love Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2007 Last Days and Time / Head to the Sky Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2010 Raise! / Powerlight Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2013 Now, Then & Forever Earth, Wind & Fire 5
2014 Holiday Earth, Wind & Fire 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 Earth, Wind & Fire 7
1988 Dance Trax Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1988 The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Volume II Earth, Wind & Fire 2
1990 Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1991 Earth Wind & Fire: The Very Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire 5 1
1991 The Love Songs Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1991 The Very Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire 2 2
1991 The Very Best of Earth Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 5 1
1991 The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 5 1
1992 The Eternal Dance Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1993 The Very Best Earth, Wind & Fire 5 1
1994 The Very Best Earth, Wind & Fire 3 1
1995 Definitive Collection Earth, Wind & Fire 3
1995 Love Songs Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1996 Let's Groove: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 5 1
1996 Let's Groove: A Dance Collection Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1997 Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1997 Let's Groove: Six Great Hits Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1998 Greatest Hits Earth, Wind & Fire 4 3
1998 Super Hits Earth, Wind & Fire 2
1999 The Ultimate Collection Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2000 Simply the Best Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2002 September Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2002 The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2002 The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2002 Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2004 Collections Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2004 The Great Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2006 Getaway: Greatest Hits + 2 Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2006 Les Indispensables Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2007 Best of Earth, Wind and Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2007 The Very Best of Earth, Wind and Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 5 1
2008 Playlist: The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 3 2
2010 The Greatest Hits Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2012 The Columbia Masters Earth, Wind & Fire 1
Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire 1
Elements of Love: The Ballads Earth, Wind & Fire 1
Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire 1
Let's Groove Tonight Earth, Wind & Fire 1
Shining Star Earth, Wind & Fire 1
The Dutch Collection Earth, Wind & Fire 1
The Gold Collection Earth, Wind & Fire 1
The Very Best Earth, Wind & Fire 3 1
The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire 5 1
Volume 1 Earth, Wind & Fire 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Gratitude Earth, Wind & Fire 10
1980 Earth, Wind & Fire in Brazil Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1995 Greatest Hits Live Earth, Wind & Fire 5 4
1999 Gratitude Earth, Wind & Fire 3
2000 Live in Philadelphia 2000 Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2002 That's the Way of the World: Alive in '75 Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2002 Live in Rio Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2004 Live Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2006 In Concert Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2015 Millennium Concert Japan '94 Earth, Wind & Fire 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Dance Tracks Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1999 Big Hits and Remixes Earth, Wind & Fire 2
2002 Soul Source: Earth, Wind & Fire Remixes Earth, Wind & Fire 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song Melvin Van Peebles feat. Brer Soul & Earth, Wind & Fire 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Got to Get You Into My Life / I’ll Write a Song for You Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1978 September Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1979 After the Love Has Gone Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1979 Boogie Wonderland Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions 1
1979 Star Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1981 Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1989 Boogie Wonderland Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1990 Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1993 Sunday Morning Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1999 September '99 (Phats & Small Remix) Earth, Wind & Fire 1
1999 September '99 Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2000 Boogie Wonderland 2K Earth, Wind & Fire meets Tiefschwarz 1
2004 All in the Way Earth, Wind & Fire 1
2012 Guiding Lights Earth, Wind & Fire 1

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