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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, with younger brother Freddie joining later on. 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.
** After developing Parkinson's disease, Maurice no longer toured and only rarely made public appearances, although he was still a formal member up to his death and his estate owns all rights to the band.
* BreakupSong: "After the Love Has Gone"
* BuildLikeAnEgyptian: the band had a lot of Egyptian themology in their album covers, costumes and stage shows, including having a pyramid-shaped UFO onstage.
* {{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.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Many, but 1978's ''The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1'' is important since one of the two new bonus tracks included was "September", which is now the band's SignatureSong.
* {{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]].
* PowerBallad: "After the Love Has Gone" is the funk equivalent of this.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Let's Groove" is sometimes labelled as "Let's Groove Tonight".
** It's "September", not "Dancing in September".
** "Love's Holiday" is not "Would You Mind?"
** It's "Serpentine Fire", not "Gonna Tell the Story" or "Oh Yeah".
* RevolvingDoorBand: Verdine White is the only founding member left. Only he, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson are left from the band's heyday in the 70's.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "After the Love Has Gone" shifts up a couple steps for the last few chorus repeats.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut album.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Shining Star" and "That's the Way of the World". They're usually slotted together seamlessly on compilation albums too.
* 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.
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