Earth Wind and Fire

With their sweet harmonies, unmistakable grooves, and epic lineup that sometimes included as many as ten musicians, Earth, Wind Fire were a mainstay of modern music in the '70s and early '80s. The group was founded ... Read more »
Born: in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Music (41)

Barbershop: The Next Cut 2016 (Movie)

("September") (Song Performer)

Miles Ahead 2016 (Movie)

("Getaway") (Song Performer)

The Nice Guys 2016 (Movie)

("Boogie Wonderland") (Song Performer)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

Last Vegas 2013 (Movie)

("September '99 (James Egbert Remix)") (Song Performer)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

"That's The Way Of The World" (Song Performer)

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

("Boogie Wonderland") (Song Performer)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

"Let's Groove" (Song Performer)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

"Let's Groove" (Song Performer)

Meet Dave 2008 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song Performer)

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song Performer)

Soul Men 2008 (Movie)

("Getaway") (Song Performer)

Dan in Real Life 2007 (Movie)

"September '99" - Phats & Small Remix (Song Performer)

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

("Afro American Symphony" "Lullabye" "Reasons") (Song Performer)

Babel 2006 (Movie)

("September") (Song Performer)

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

("September") (Song Performer)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("Fantasy") (Song Performer)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

("Reasons") (Song Performer)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

("Boogie Wonderland") (Song Performer)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

("Love's Dance") (Song Performer)

Roll Bounce 2005 (Movie)

("Pure Gold") (Song Performer)

The Ringer 2005 (Movie)

("September") (Song Performer)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song Performer)

Love Don't Cost a Thing 2003 (Movie)

("Reasons") (Song Performer)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song Performer)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

("Why") (Song Performer)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("What Ever Happened To?") (Song Performer)

Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

("Bad Tune" "Gratitude" "September") (Song Performer)

The Original Kings of Comedy 2000 (Movie)

("Love's Holiday") (Song Performer)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song Performer)

Slam 1998 (Movie)

("Sunshine") (Song Performer)

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

("Let's Groove") (Song Performer)

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

("September") (Song Performer)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

("Cruisin'") (Song Performer)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

("Boogie Wonderland") (Song Performer)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

("Turn On (The Beat Box)") (Song Performer)

Earth, Wind and Fire in Concert 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Private Lessons 1981 (Movie)

("Fantasy") (Song Performer)

Rock & Rule 1981 (Movie)

("Dance Dance Dance") (Song Performer)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 (Movie)

("Got to Get You into My Life") (Song Performer)
Actor (25)

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

Legends: OWN at the Apollo 2015 (Tv Show)

Performer

100 Greatest Artists of All Time 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Performer

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The BET 20th Anniversary Celebration 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth, Wind & Fire in Concert 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth, Wind & Fire: Live By Request 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

When New Year's Eve Attacks! 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad's Summer Jam: 70's Soul Music Festival 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Lou Rawls Presents Black Gold Hits 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Star-Spangled Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978 (Movie)

Benefit Performers (Actor)

That's the Way of the World 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Home For The Holidays (TV Show)

Performer

Biography

With their sweet harmonies, unmistakable grooves, and epic lineup that sometimes included as many as ten musicians, Earth, Wind & Fire were a mainstay of modern music in the '70s and early '80s. The group was founded when Chicago-based session musician Maurice White joined with Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, forming a trio known as the Salty Peppers. After some modest success, White and Flemons relocated to Los Angeles, where after holding auditions, they came up with a lineup of ten musicians for the R&B sensation that would be known as Earth, Wind & Fire. Among the new recruits was a percussionist and vocalist named Philip Bailey who would become the second lead in the group. They hit it big with their self-titled debut in 1971, followed in close succession by <i>Head to the Sky</i> in 1974. More popular albums would follow, including 1977's <i>All 'N All</i> and 1979's <i>I Am</i>, as well as hit singles like "Shinging Star," "September" and "After the Love Is Gone." The group won critical and commercial acclaim when they dabbled in electronic instrumentation with 1981's <i>Raise!</i>. Earth, Wind & Fire would take a hiatus from 1983 until 1987, during which time Maurice White produced music for artists like Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Cher, and Philip Bailey released several albums of his own, most notably <i>Chinese Wall</i>, which featured a duet with Phil Collins, "Easy Lover." After they reformed, Earth, Wind, and Fire released <i>Millennium</i> in 1993. White retired from touring the following year, leaving Bailey to take over lead duties on the road. The band continued to perform and record into the new millennium, even releasing <i>Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire</i> in 2007, an album featuring artists like Chaka Khan and Kirk Franklin covering Earth, Wind & Fire songs, all produced by Maurice White. White died in 2016 at the age of 74.

Milestones

2009

Performed at the White House for the Governor's Dinner.

2007

Released <i>Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire</i>, an album featuring covers of Eart, Wind & Fire songs by artists like Chaka Khan, Kirk Franklin, and Lalah Hathaway, all produced by Maurice White.

2002

Released "Live in Rio," a live album recorded during a 1980 performance in Rio de Janeiro.

1997

Performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

1994

White retired from touring, leaving Philip Bailey to take over lead duties at live performances.

1994

Were inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame.

1993

Released their 16th studio album, <i>Millennium</i>.

1983

Went on temporary hiatus, during which time Maurice White produced albums for Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and Cher, and Philip Bailey recorded a number of solo albums.

1981

Released their first album with electronic instrumentation, <i>Raise!</i>, which went on to sell over a million copies.

1979

Performed "September" and "That's The Way Of The World" at the Music for UNICEF Concert.

1979

Released the double Platinum album <i>I Am</i>.

1977

Released the album <i>All 'N All</i>, the first of several of the band's albums to feature cover art by Japanese artist Shusei Nagaoka.

1975

Recorded the soundtrack to the movie "That's the Way of the World."

1974

Released their second album, <i>Head to the Sky</i>.

1974

Collaborated with Ramsay Lewis on the album <i>Sun Goddess</i>.

1970

Released their self-titled debut to critical acclaim.

1970

Was reformed when White and Flemons relocated to Los Angeles and held open auditions, resulting in a lineup of ten musicians to comprise the band.

1968

First began when White joined Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead to form a trio in the Chicago area, calling themselves the Salty Peppers.

Bonus Trivia

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Founder Maurice White previously played as a session drummer for Chess Records.

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Derived the name Earth, Wind & Fire from the elemental principles surrounding founder Maurice White's astrological sign.

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