Music - Earth Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits
It is one of the world’s most legendary American R&B and funk band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 by Verdine and Maurice White and to date they still remain as popular and most respected Motown band of the then now, hence they were inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. When the band was humbled founded, they called themselves with the acronym name of EWF and the way the band started in an amazing way which was in 1962 when Maurice White, a former session drummer for Chess Records and member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemonsand Wayne T, Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol, and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Midwestern area called "La La Time".The Salty Peppers' second single, "Uh Huh Yeah," did not fare as well, and Maurice left Ramsey Lewis Trio and moved from Chicago to Los Angeles. White added to the band singer Sherry Scott and percussionist Yackov Ben Israel both from Chicago, and then asked his younger brother Verdine how he would feel about heading out to the west coast. June 6, 1970, Verdine left Chicago later joining the band as their new bassist. Maurice began shopping demo tapes of the band, featuring Donny Hathaway, around to different record labels and was then signed to Warner Bros. Records.
The route that leaded this name of the band to be formed was through the incorporation of Maurice, whose astrological sign, Sagittarius, has a primary elemental quality of Fire and seasonal qualities of Earth and Air (hence the omission of Water, the fourth classical element), changed the band's name, to "Earth, Wind & Fire". Maurice (mbira) held auditions in L.A. adding Michael Beale on guitar, Chester Washington on reeds, and Leslie Drayton on trumpet and as the group's musical arranger. Trombonist Alex Thomas, and Wade Flemons playing the electric piano and vocals, completed the ten-man EWF lineup.
The band's self-titled debut album, Earth, Wind, Fire, was released February 1971 to critical acclaim, as was November 1971's The Need of Love. Both albums were produced by Joe Wissert and a single, from The Need of Love called "I Think About Lovin' You" provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. In 1971, the group also performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which was recorded at the Paramount Recording Studios on Santa Monica Boulevard and
released on Stax records. The band also developed a growing popularity
on college campuses. However, some members of EWF were restless and the
band broke up after having been together for less than six months. With
only Verdine left, Maurice decided to re-form the group and started
holding auditions. So I insist you to relieve those memories by having
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greatest hits which features all of the chart topping hits of all time
that features hits such as "Shining Star" to the syncopated mastery of
"September" and "Boogie Wonderland" to the slow-jam heaven of "After the
Love Is Gone," this is a reminder of what made the group so special.
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