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 Warner Bros. Records
, including a Self Titled Debut Album
. In 1972 they became a 12-piece group and switched labels to Columbia Records
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 Followed The Leader
with some disco songs, though EWF have otherwise not considered themselves a disco group.
Let's trope tonight, share the spice of life...
- Band of Relatives: Brothers Maurice and Verdine White were founding members, and more recently Philip Bailey and his son Philip Bailey Jr.
- The Band Minus the Face: 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.
- Breakup Song: "After the Love Has Gone"
- Disco: Some of their late-'70s output.
- Fading into the Next Song: "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 James Brown and George Clinton.
- Keet: Verdine's stage persona is this.
- Lead Bassist: 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.
- 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 other wiki.
- Refrain from Assuming: "Let's Groove" is sometimes labelled as "Let's Groove Tonight".
- It's "September", not "Dancing in September".
- Revolving Door Band: Maurice and Verdine White are the only two founding members left.
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: "After the Love Has Gone" shifts up a couple steps for the last few chorus repeats.
- Self-Titled Album: Their debut album.
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: The backup and lead singers can be pretty difficult to understand at times, especially in "Let's Groove."
- Vocal Tag Team: 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.