Known to its fans as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire continues to mesmerize crowds with its eclectic blend of R&B, soul, funk, jazz and rock. Since its formation four decades ago by the late Maurice White, the band has seen a host of well-known artists among its ranks, including Phillip Bailey, Roland Bautista, Sheldon Reynolds and Andrew Woolfolk. Having sold 90 million records and received a host of critical acclaim and industry awards, Earth, Wind & Fire's eclectic musical genius was officially recognized with its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band has toured the world and played a variety of venues and events, including the closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Chicago-born and Internationally Known
Earth, Wind & Fire was founded in Chicago by Maurice White and its original members Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Fred White, Al McKay, Johnny Graham, Larry Dunn and Andrew Woolfolk. The original concept for the band focused on musical expansion that was not tied to any particular genre. Instead, the band sought to fuse the elements of multiple genres, creating a sound that was innovative and unique. The name Earth, Wind & Fire was inspired by Maurice White's astrological chart containing elements comprised only of earth, air (wind) and fire signs. While its debut self-titled album released in 1971 peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart, it was its third album, That's the Way of the World, that catapulted the band to the level of high celebrity. This album produced two of the band's best-selling singles to date, "Reasons" and "Shining Star". The band went on to release 17 additional studio albums, of which eight were certified platinum. The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.
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What can I expect from an Earth, Wind & Fire concert?
One word? Energy! Earth, Wind & Fire concerts are explosive, with live music, color, and light. The group generally plays a wide variety of its hits throughout the decades and fans are encouraged to sing along. Many of the venues currently scheduled to host the band are outdoor amphitheaters, so it's important to be mindful of the particular venue and its seating, requirements and restrictions in order to prepare for the show.
What are some popular Earth Wind & Fire albums?
With an illustrious career spanning 40 years, there are many great Earth, Wind & Fire albums to choose from! These include I Am, All n' All, Open Our Eyes, That's the Way of the World, Raise, Gratitude, Head to the Sky, Spirit, Faces and Touch the World.
How many Grammy Awards has Earth, Wind & Fire won?
Earth, Wind, and Fire has won a total of seven Grammy Awards.