Artist Profile – Earth, Wind & Fire
About Earth, Wind & Fire:
Earth, Wind & Fire is an American funk band, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. Led by Maurice White, they are best known for their hits of the 1970s, among them “After the Love Has Gone”, “September,” “Reasons,” “Fantasy” and “Shining Star.”
Earth, Wind & Fire became the first black performers to headline throughout the world without an opening act, to receive Madison Square Garden’s Gold Ticket Award for selling more than 100,000 tickets and to receive the Columbia Records Crystal Globe Award for selling more than five million albums in foreign markets. They have gained the BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award and ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award.
[photogallerylink id=452 align=left]EW&F was disbanded in 1983, but in 1987 CBS Records convinced Philip Bailey and Maurice White to a reunion the group.
The group managed to continue into the 90’s with releases such as “Heritage”,”Millennium”,and “In the Name of Love ” in 1997. However, due to Parkinson’s Disease, Maurice retired from the road but still continued to produce and sing on the group’s recordings.
In 2002’s That’s The Way Of The World: Alive In ‘75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 “I Am World Tour;
In 2000, the original ’70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The documentary entitled ‘Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars’, which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members was released in 2001.