With their legendary music and renowned brass sections, Earth Wind and Fire are one of the mythical funk bands of the 1970s.
The name Earth Wind & Fire (EWAF) was inspired by the elements on the star sign of Winston Churchill, who was a Sagitarrius. Formed under the lead of the White brothers, EWAF released their first, untitled album in 1973. Their hour of glory came in 1975 with Gratitude, followed two years later by All’n’All, a solid blend of jazz and funk which really came into its own on stage. Their concerts featured astounding stage effects and a multitude of costumes - as a support act for Santana, EWAF performed with an orchestra of 44 musicians! Highlights of their career include the tracks ‘Reasons’, ‘Shining star’, ‘Serpentine Fire’, ‘Jupiter’, ‘Fantasy’ and the mega-hit ‘Boogie Wonderland’ in collaboration with Emotions. In the 1980s the band played gigantic gigs, but EWAF gradually went into a slight decline, outshone by Kool and The Gang on the back of their records Raise (1981) and Powerlight (1982), which featured the tracks ‘Let’s Groove’ and ‘Kalimba Tree’. New albums were released on a regular basis but they never quite matched the success of the 1970s. Since then, EWAF have tried out everything, even collaborating with leading figures of American R&B like Wyclef Jean, Eric Benet and The Roots. In an interview given to the Washington Post before a benefit concert, Philip Bailey announced the release of a new Earth Wind & Fire album at the end of summer 2011, soberly entitled Yesterday, Today & Forever. According to the singer with an 8-octave range, this new record will contain remixes by top producers, new compositions and unreleased material from their heyday.