Earth, Wind & Fire are an American Soul group most popular in the 1970s. They were formed in 1969 by Maurice and Verdine White, who later recruited eight other members to form the original 10-person lineup. They released two albums in 1971 while signed to Creator/WarnerBrosRecords, including a [[SelfTitledAlbum Self Titled Debut Album]]. In 1972 they became a 12-piece group and switched labels to Creator/ColumbiaRecords.

During their run, Earth Wind & Fire have mainly considered themselves an African American pop group, specializing in jazz and funk songs with a broad pop appeal as they strove to break the musical color barrier. During the Disco Era, they also [[FollowTheLeader Followed The Leader]] with some disco songs, though EWF have otherwise not considered themselves a disco group.

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* BandOfRelatives: Brothers Maurice and Verdine White were founding members, and more recently Philip Bailey and his son Philip Bailey Jr.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Their 2013 album ''Now, Then, & Forever'' was their first recorded without any creative input from Maurice White.
** After developing Parkinson's disease, Maurice no longer tours and has only rarely made public appearances, although he is still a formal member and owns all rights to the band.
* BreakupSong: "After the Love Has Gone"
* {{Disco}}: Some of their late-'70s output.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "After the Love Has Gone" fades into "Let Your Feelings Show" on the album ''I Am.''
* {{Funk}}: Their primary defining sound, with some {{Soul}} and {{Disco}} elements incorporated. The Whites termed it "Sophisticated Funk" in contrast to the "Hardcore Funk" of Music/JamesBrown and Music/GeorgeClinton.
* {{Keet}}: Verdine's stage persona is this.
* LeadBassist: Verdine White is type A, C, and D, thanks in no small part to being one of the only two consistent members of the band.
* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Band Members]]: EWF is fairly famous for having about a dozen members at a time and a huge amount of ex-band members, as shown on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Earth,_Wind_%26_Fire_band_members other wiki]].
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Let's Groove" is sometimes labelled as "Let's Groove Tonight".
** It's "September", not "Dancing in September".
* RevolvingDoorBand: Maurice and Verdine White are the only two founding members left.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "After the Love Has Gone" shifts up a couple steps for the last few chorus repeats.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut album.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: The backup and lead singers can be pretty difficult to understand at times, especially in "Let's Groove."
* {{Soul}}
* VocalTagTeam: Many of the members handle both lead and backing vocals. In their heyday, Philip Bailey and Maurice White interchangeably handled most of the lead vocals.