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Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire performing in 2009
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Years active 1969–present
Labels Warner Bros., American Recording Company, Columbia, Legacy, Sanctuary
Associated acts Ramsey Lewis, the Emotions, Phenix Horns, David Foster
Members
  • Philip Bailey
  • Verdine White
  • Ralph Johnson
  • B. David Whitworth
  • Philip Bailey, Jr.
  • Myron McKinley
  • John Paris
  • Morris O'Connor
  • Serg Dimitrijevic
Past members
  • Maurice White
  • Don Whitehead
  • Wade Flemons
  • Sherry Scott
  • Michael Beal
  • Chester Washington
  • Alex Thomas
  • Yackov Ben Israel
  • Jessica Cleaves
  • Ronnie Laws
  • Roland Bautista
  • Larry Dunn
  • Andrew Woolfolk
  • Al McKay
  • Johnny Graham
  • Fred White
  • Phenix Horns
  • Earth, Wind & Fire Horns
  • Don Myrick
  • Sheldon Reynolds
  • Leslie Drayton
  • Jeff Bowen
  • Doug Carn
  • Beloyd Taylor
  • Sonny Emory
  • Carl Carwell
  • Vincent Canfield
  • Dick Smith
  • Vance Taylor
  • Fred Ravel
  • Morris Pleasure
  • David Romero
  • Mike McKnight
  • Robert Brookins
  • Gordon Campbell
  • Bobby Gonzales
  • Daniel de los Reyes
  • Kimberly Brewer
  • John Johnson
  • Krystal Bailey
  • Kim Johnson
  • Greg "G-Moe" Moore
  • Vadim Zilberstein
  • Michael Harris
  • Louis Satterfield

Earth, Wind & Fire (abbreviated as EWF or EW&F) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, dance, Latin, and Afro pop. They have been described as one of the most innovative and commercially successful acts of all time. Rolling Stone called them "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". VH1 has also described EWF as "one of the greatest bands" ever.

The band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1969, having grown out of a previous band known as the Salty Peppers. Other prominent members of EWF have included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Roland Bautista, Sonny Emory, Sheldon Reynolds and Andrew Woolfolk. The band has won six Grammys from their 17 nominations. They have won four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations. They have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 90 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time.

EWF has been inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame and Hollywood's Rockwalk. The band have also been bestowed with a ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, BET Lifetime Achievement Award and Soul Train Legend Award.

Earth, Wind & Fire is known for its horn section, kalimba sound, energetic and elaborate stage shows, and the contrast between Philip Bailey's falsetto vocals and Maurice White's baritone. EWF were bestowed with the NARAS Signature Governor's Award. Earth, Wind & Fire also went on to be honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The band was also bestowed with the 2012 Congressional Horizon Award.

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