8 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and No. [62] As well as, he was the older brother of a former member of Fred White and current member of Earth. 20 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart. [64], During 1975, EWF was approached by Sig Shore, producer of the motion picture Super Fly, to record the soundtrack to a new film titled That's the Way of the World. [77], After their first tour of Europe, EWF returned to the studio in June 1975 for a follow-up release. 15 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. [269] EWF went on to collaborate with Wyclef Jean on his second studio album, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, which was issued in August 2000. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the UK Singles Chart respectively. Copyright © 2021 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. [356] 17 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and No. Along with EW&F, Maurice White was posthumously bestowed with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony on February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. [6][7] As well other prominent members of EWF have included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Roland Bautista, Robert Brookins, Sonny Emory, Fred Ravel, Ronnie Laws, Sheldon Reynolds and Andrew Woolfolk. Another song entitled I've Had Enough got to No. "[135] Chuck Pratt of the Chicago Sun Times exclaimed "this fine funk soul group puts its best face forward on this ambitious and generous double pocket set of intricately produced, high gloss funk. [9], Dennis Hunt of The Los Angeles Times declared "Faces is the R&B album of the year. [351] That album rose to No. [287][288] The second single "Hold Me" reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart. Other artists who performed at the event were ABBA, the Bee Gees, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer and Rod Stewart. [156][157] Powerlight was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. 22 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. [4], The band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1969, having grown out of a previous band known as the Salty Peppers. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Soul Albums charts respectively. [10] The album was certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. At the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards held on September 18, 2005, at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, the band performed as the opening act with The Black Eyed Peas. A sampler which featured remixes of Can't Hide Love and Let's Groove also came off the LP. Favorite Answer. 44 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart. Must there be a label?". As you probably already know, Verdine White is the brother of his band mate, and founder of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Maurice White (pictured 3rd in above pic), as well as the brother EW&F member, Fred White (second from left in below photo). At the time, he explained that he wanted to take a rest from the rigors of the road. [363], On September 10, 2019 The Los Angeles City Council declared that September 21 would now be dedicated Earth, Wind & Fire Day in honour of the group. Flemons died of cancer on October 13, 1993. 13 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and No. Earth, Wind & Fire is just the fourth musical group to receive one of the most prestigious titles in the arts, following The Who in 2008, Led Zeppelin in 2012 and The Eagles in 2016. 39 on the Billboard 200 chart. [70][71][72], From the LP came the single "Shining Star", which rose to No. [93][94] Another single titled "Saturday Nite" reached numbers 4 and 21 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. [328] During May 2008 EW&F performed at the Apollo Theater's fourth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 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. Daryl Easlea of the BBC also described That's the Way of the World as a "soul masterpiece." Maurice White, the band’s founder and lead singer (along with Bailey), died on February 4, 2016. [361], EW&F went on to perform on the forum float at the 2018 Rose Parade held in Pasadena, California. EWF sang "Shining Star" and then at Outkast's request crooned "The Way You Move" with them. [332], EWF performed at the White House on February 22, 2009, for the Governors' Dinner; they were the first musical artists to perform there since Barack Obama took office. [122][123][124], During June 1979, EWF issued their ninth studio album, I Am. Maurice held further auditions in L.A. where he added Michael Beal on guitar, Chester Washington on reeds, and Leslie Drayton on trumpet. However, the film was a commercial failure, as That's the Way of the World had been years before. [240], In November 1993, EWF performed at the American Music Awards 20th anniversary special. [345], Now, Then & Forever, the group's first album in eight years, was released on September 10, 2013. Robert Randolph and the Family Band performed their single "I Need More Love" and then all of the bands teamed to sing Parliament Funkadelic's classic "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)". [54] [10][99] The film's soundtrack was certified platinum in the US by the RIAA. Cartoon Guitar Mutants (and Lou Reed! The Village Voice's Robert Christgau also described the album as a complete "tour de force". [222], As well the band appeared on the compilation album Music Speaks Louder Than Words released in 1990 on Epic Records. [81], With the LP came the song "Sing a Song", which rose to numbers 1 and 5 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. He does vocals, conga, precussion, and kalimba in songs. Wikipedia lists over twenty members. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. [117][118] The album was certified quintuple platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA. The atmosphere is there, and the soulful blending voices, but the horn and rhythm arrangements are routine: there are no tight, carefully worked out instrumental passages, and no memorable compositions. [247] Dan Glaister of The Guardian also described In the Name of Love as "a scorching album". [338][339] Within that year Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Verdine White together with former EWF members Al McKay and Larry Dunn were inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. [39][40][41] Head to the Sky has also been certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA. Artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, and Kylie Minogue also performed at the concert. Released at the Sundance Film Festival, the film was based on Melvin Van Peebles' struggle to film and distribute the movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and was directed by his son Mario Van Peebles. 17 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. [304][305], Raymond Fiore of Entertainment Weekly described the LP as a mix of "modern beats and retro, horn-lined soul". [407] Quincy Jones has proclaimed himself to be the "biggest fan of Earth, Wind & Fire since day one. 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[411], In the movie BAADASSSSS!, the actor Khalil Kain portrayed a young Maurice White leading the early incarnation of Earth, Wind & Fire. The album rose to No. [409] Dionne Warwick has named Earth, Wind & Fire as her favorite group of all time. "[105], All 'n All won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus. They are hailed for their singular blend of R&B, pop and disco, and Sunday they will be honored by the Kennedy Center for their contribution to American culture. [352][353] On December 8, 2014, EWF performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Al Green. Hence the omission of Water, the fourth classical element. Pop group. [37], A single called "Mom" got to No. Members: Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Maurice White (died Feb. 4, 2016), Verdine White Formed 1970 in Chicago, Illinois. [164], EWF went on to appear on the soundtrack of the April 1983 animated feature film Rock & Rule with the song "Dance, Dance, Dance". [10], In April 1978, the band featured on Natalie Cole's special aired on CBS where they performed a medley. 15 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart. [4][9], The band has won six Grammys from their 17 nominations[10] and four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations. 19 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. (Billboard 200)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let's Groove (Hot R&B Songs)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let's Groove (Hot 100)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Wanna Be With You (Hot Soul Songs)", "American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Top R&B Albums)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Billboard 200)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Fall in Love with Me (Hot R&B Songs)", "Earth, Wind & Fire: Fall in Love with Me (Hot 100)", "Rock & Rule Blu-Ray Release: Debbie Harry and Cheap Trick vs. [150], A song from the LP called "Let's Groove," reached No. The communion feast springs from the gifts of bread and wine, earth’s nourishment. [336] In September 2009 EWF were bestowed with the Daniel L. Stephenson award for lifetime achievement in music at the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival. [98][134] The ballad was Grammy-nominated in the category of Record of the Year. Maurice White Net Worth. The album also rose to No. Executively produced by Maurice, the LP featured artists such as Chaka Khan, Kirk Franklin, Lalah Hathaway, Mint Condition, Dwele, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Angie Stone. [357] During December 4 of that year, the band were also honoured with a Ebony Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ebony Power 100 Gala held in the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The song went on to appear on his 2013 album Authentic. Answer Save. The concert was televised in the US on May 10, 1974 by ABC. 12 on both the Billboard Dance Club Songs and UK Pop Singles charts respectively. The album rose to number 12 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. At the label also came a recording studio known as Magnet Vision. [267][268] So impressed was the king by the band's performance that he made a personal request for EWF to perform in Morocco for his 37th birthday celebration on August 21, 2000. 10 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart and No. "You Just Can't Smile It … [107][108] Another single titled "Fantasy" reached No. [316][317] Kirk Franklin's cover of September reached No. [283][284] People magazine described The Promise as a "musically rich 17-track set (including five trademark instrumental interludes) that blows away most of today's R&B. Earth, Wind & Fire (EW&F or EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. [43] Variety also described the record as "a movin' new package. Asked by Wiki User. 28 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Earth, Wind & Fire, American pop, soul, and jazz-fusion band that became one of the best-selling and most influential groups of the 1970s. The stage magician Doug Henning was thus with many of their tours with his young assistant and eventual successor, David Copperfield. Relevance. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. Artists such as Ronnie Laws and Prince appeared on the LP. and "Shining Star". EWF also received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Duo or Group. [57], In September 1974, a compilation double album titled Another Time with all the songs from EWF's first two studio albums was released by Warner Bros. [185][186] White went on to co-produce Pieces of a Dream's 1986 LP Joyride. [311][312] Another single titled "Show Me The Way", featuring neo soul singer Raphael Saadiq got to No. “We have been extremely blessed and fortunate. As such the band eventually split apart. The band eventually came away with an album of mostly live concert material together with some newly recorded tracks. Find out which members of Earth, Wind & Fire have passed away, and which are still alive and performing. Earth is dirt, Wind has blown on, and Fire is extinguished. 13 on the Cashbox Jazz Albums chart. [330][331] EWF performed at the opening ceremony of the 2008 US Open, which was hosted by Forest Whitaker and served to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of tennis's Open Era with a parade of more than 25 former US Open singles champions. All three have been mainstays with the group since 1972, and were part of the lineup that was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of the Fame in 2000. These members include lead singer Philip Bailey, bassist Verdine White, and drummer Ralph Johnson. Answer. [261] The album reached No. 25 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A performance of September with Antebellum on the show was nominated for a CMT Music Award in the category of Performance of the Year. In the Christian scriptures, the four elements are represented in multiple ways. [30], The band developed a growing popularity on college campuses but, in spite of this, some members of EWF started to become restless. [178] He also produced Ramsey Lewis on his 1985 album Fantasy. The album reached No. Which original members have died? This LP was recorded at Colorado's Caribou Ranch Studio and issued under the title of Open Our Eyes in March 1974. [9], During 1972, Maurice added vocalist Helena Davis, Ronnie Laws on the flute and saxophone, rhythm guitarist Roland Bautista, keyboardist Larry Dunn, vocalist Philip Bailey and percussionist Ralph Johnson to the group. 18 on the UK Blues & Soul Top British Soul Albums chart. [139], In a 2007 interview, when asked which EWF album was his favorite, Maurice White replied: "Probably Faces because we were really in tune...and it gave us the opportunity to explore new areas. [10][67][71][73][74] The album's second single was title track "That's the Way of the World". The album rose to No. [196][197] Bailey went on to release his third studio album being Inside Out in 1986 on Columbia. [9] Raise! During May 2003, EWF issued The Promise on Kalimba Records. With the album came a unique fully new wave and synth pop sound for EWF. 23 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart and No. That album got to No. With Maurice as a percussionist and lead vocalist Drayton also served as the group's musical arranger. 1 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and No. Menu. The album got to No. The following is a list of musicians who have performed in the American R&B, soul, and funk band Earth, Wind & Fire. 35 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs chart and No. [9], Maurice's astrological sign, Sagittarius, has a primary elemental quality of fire and seasonal qualities of earth and air, according to classical triplicities. [10], During October 1980, EWF issued a double album titled Faces. 33 on the RPM Top Canadian Singles chart. Warner Bros also designated Joe Wissert to be the band's producer. 29 on the UK Singles Chart. Davis was soon replaced by Jessica Cleaves, a former member of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction. [271][272] The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II A Book was certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA. [115], In 1978, White established a vanity label of CBS titled The American Record Company (ARC), and alongside sound engineer George Massenburg, a new recording studio called 'The Complex' in West Los Angeles. He had previously played in Chicago clubs as a drummer with Donny Hathaway and Little Feat. [98], In January 1979, the band performed "September" and "That's the Way of the World" at the Music for UNICEF Concert. 2 on both the Billboard Top Pop Albums and Top Soul Albums charts. He was survived by his wife, his two sons, daughter and his brothers Verdine and Fred. [368][369][370], EWF has influenced artists such as Beyoncé,[371] Usher,[372] will.i.am,[373] Janelle Monáe,[374] Mary J. Blige,[375] Prince,[376] Pharrell Williams,[377] India. [15], In 1969, Maurice White, a former session drummer for Chess Records and former member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. [242] On September 14 of the following year, the band received another tribute in the form of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 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