AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
EBONY POWER 100 GALA 2016
Earth, Wind & Fire and Nile Rodgers were among the special honorees
saluted during the Ebony Power 100 gala 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
in Los Angeles. An additional nine music stars -- including Beyoncé,
John Legend, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper -- made the magazine’s
2016 power tally. Pic with Jimmy Jam.
TRAIN LEGEND AWARD 2011
Earth Wind & Fire received the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award,
November 17th in Atlanta, Georgia. 2011 is Earth Wind & Fire's 40th
anniversary and what a fitting way to celebrate. With six Grammy awards
under their belt, the recognition by Soul Train of the legendary status is
well deserved. Receiving the award were Verdine White, Phillip Bailey and
Ralph Johnson who accepted the award on behalf of the band.
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INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine
White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay were inducted into the Songwriters Hall
Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and commercially
invincible contemporary Pop / R&B music forces of the 20th century.
Members Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al
McKay are known for their signature sound of fusing Pop, R&B, Rock,
Latin, Funk, Jazz and African Music to win numerous awards.
Earth, Wind & Fire has received 20 Grammy nominations; winning six as a
group and its founding members, Maurice White and Philip Bailey, winning
two awards each. The band was also awarded the National Academy of
Recording Arts & Sciences Signature Governor’s Award. Earth, Wind & Fire
have earned more than 50 Gold and Platinum albums and have sold over 90
million albums worldwide. They have been inducted into the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame (2000) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
(1995). The music industry and fans have bestowed Lifetime Achievement
honors from ASCAP (Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award - 2002), NAACP (Hall of
Fame - 1994) and the BET Awards (Life Time Achievement Award 2002).
Two Earth, Wind & Fire classic songs have been inducted into the Grammy
Hall of Fame: “That’s The Way of The World” (2004) and “Shining Star”
(2007). Earth, Wind & Fire have 12 American Music Awards nominations and
four awards. The band is also known as having been the first
African-American performers to sell out Madison Square Garden and to
receive the MSG Gold Ticket Award. President Obama invited the band to
perform at the White House for the first social event of the new
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INDUCTED INTO THE ROCKWALK OF FAME
Earth Wind & Fire was inducted into the RockWalk of Fame
Monday July 7. 2003. The induction was held in front of Guitar Center
Hollywood, home to The RockWalk, on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood,
R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire provide an unforgettable magic that has
earned them six consecutive double platinum albums and over 40 million
album sales just in the U.S. The band's accolades include six Grammy's
and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Crisp arrangements,
soaring harmonies, impeccable instrumental performances, and the
signature vocal interplay between Maurice White's lows and Philip
Bailey's highs, established the group as a worldwide phenomenon and the
biggest-selling act in Columbia Records' history."
BET AWARDS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
EWF received the 2nd annual BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday
25. June 2002. The ceremony was held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles,
CA. [Read more]
EARTH, WIND & FIRE TO RECEIVE ASCAP RHYTHM
& SOUL HERITAGE AWARD
The American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers (ASCAP) will present the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award to
Earth, Wind & Fire, the seminal genre-crossing R&B/pop band, it was
announced by Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board.
This prestigious award was presented at the 15th Annual ASCAP Rhythm &
Soul Music Awards Dinner, which took place on June 17, 2002 in
Los Angeles, California at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Wind & Fire were in the vanguard of artists that took R&B and popular music
in new directions. Drummer Maurice White, a veteran of the Ramsey Lewis Trio
and countless recording sessions at Chess Records, created the group in 1969
with the idea of bridging R&B, jazz, gospel, funk, pop and traditional
African music. EWF has recorded numerous signature songs that have been
successful on both the Pop and R&B charts, including “Shining Star,”
“September,” “Fantasy,” “Getaway,” “Sing A Song,” “That’s the Way of the
World,” “Reasons” and “Serpentine Fire.” The group has recorded over 20
albums and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. EWF honors include six
Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, an NAACP Hall of Fame Image Award
and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Earth, Wind & Fire
fan base extends far beyond the Pop and R&B audience; their music crosses
genre, ethnic and geographic boundaries and is embraced internationally.
on the award, Marilyn Bergman said, “The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is
memorable, joyous and endlessly inventive. Their songs evoke romance,
spirituality and freedom. Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and
company have created a lasting body of work that transcends category.”
Previous recipients of the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award have been
Chaka Khan and Peabo Bryson. A previously unreleased collection of live
recordings by Earth, Wind & Fire, That’s The Way Of The World: Alive in ’75,
has just been released by Sony Legacy.
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the world’s largest performing rights
organization with over 135,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher
members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by
licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their
copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Society’s members
based on performances. ASCAP’s repertory spans the entire spectrum of music
– from pop to symphonic, rock to gospel, Latin to country, to jazz, rhythm
and blues, theater, film and television music. ASCAP’s Board of Directors is
made up solely of writers and publishers elected by the membership.
EARTH WIND & FIRE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
Earth, Wind & Fire drew from various streams of black
music, synthesizing soul, funk, R&B, pop, gospel and African styles into
a polished, precision-tooled approach. During the latter half of the
Seventies, they issued a string of albums that changed the face of black
popular music, linking thrilling music with uplifting messages of racial
consciousness and spiritual unity. A large and visually
resplendent ensemble, its members often wore colorful African robes. The
group was known for employing magic tricks (often directed by the late
Doug Henning) in their elaborate late-Seventies stage shows. Even so,
the anthemic power of "Shining Star," "Serpentine Fire," "Getaway" and
numerous other crossover hits proved that Earth, Wind & Fire's music
could stand on its own.
The group was founded by
Memphis-born Maurice White, a session drummer who joined Chess Records'
studio band from 1963 to 1967. Following a stint with the Ramsey Lewis
Trio, he formed Earth, Wind & Fire in Los Angeles in 1969. A definitive
nine-man lineup coalesced in the early Seventies around a core of White,
who sang and played the African kalimba; his bass-playing brother,
Verdine White; and vocalist Philip Bailey. The group's tight, punchy
horn section became a featured attraction, but the musical currents ran
deeply. "Our whole vision," Bailey has commented, "derived from the
greats before us: Miles Davis and John Coltrane and all the great
singers.... We were jazz musicians at heart playing popular music."
Moreover, they were driven by idealism. "The essence of this band is
hope," White has said.
Earth, Wind & Fire attracted a
then-untapped audience of hip, young urban audience of blacks and whites
that reacted to the energetic music and charismatic presentation. Their
breakthrough album, That's the Way of the World (1975), yielded "Shining
Star," a Grammy Award-winning #1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts.
Earth, Wind & Fire's conquest of the Seventies continued with an
unbroken run of multiplatinum albums: Gratitude (1975), Spirit (1976),
All 'N All (1977), The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (1978) and I
In addition to overseeing Earth,
Wind & Fire's albums and tours, White was fast becoming one of the
hottest producers around. He even started his own label, ARC, in 1978.
Without question one of the hardest-working bands in show business,
Earth, Wind & Fire found themselves physically and creatively exhausted
by the early Eighties. They took a four-year hiatus, during which time
Maurice White devoted himself to production while Philip Bailey launched
a dual solo career, finding success in both the Christian and pop
fields. The much -in-demand Earth, Wind & Fire horn players, known as
the Phoenix Horns, teamed up with Genesis and its singer/drummer, Phil
Collins, on a number of hit recordings. Collins and Bailey collaborated
on "Easy Lover," a #2 hit in 1984.
The reunited Earth, Wind & Fire
bounced back in 1987 with a strong album (Touch the World) and single
("System of Survival"). They became an active recording and touring
entity again, albeit at a less frantic pace. A career-spanning box set,
The Eternal Dance, was released in 1992. Maurice White retired from the
road in 1996 but remains Earth, Wind & Fire's producer and guiding
light. The band's most recent studio recording, In the Name of Love,
appeared on the Pyramid/Rhino label in 1997.
Maurice White co-founds the Salty
Peppers in Chicago. They release two singles on Capitol Records.
May 15, 1971
Earth, Wind & Fire's self-titled
debut album enters the Billboard album chart, peaking at #172.
April 27, 1974
"Mighty Mighty" becomes the
group's first single to crack the pop Top Forty. They'd first entered
the R&B Top Forty in July 1973 with "Evil."
May 24, 1975
Shining Star, from That's the Way
of the World, reaches #1 on Billboard's singles chart. It earns the
first of many Grammys for the group, winning Best R&B Vocal Performance
by a Group.
January 1, 1976
The double-album Gratitude, a mix
of studio and live recordings, tops the charts for three weeks. The
group's concerts, full of magic and pyrotechnics, help make them most
popular R&B band of the mid-Seventies.
March 16, 1978
Group wins three Grammys: Best
R&B Vocal Performance by a Group (for All 'N All), Best R&B Instrumental
Performance ("Runnin'") and Best Arrangement for Accompanying Vocals
("Got to Get You Into My Life.")
January 27, 1979
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire,
Vol. 1 peaks at #6 while the single "September" is on its way to #8. In
February, Maurice White launches the American Recording Corporation
(ARC), a CBS-distributed label whose artist roster included the Emotions
and Deniece Williams.
December 1, 1983
Electric Universe, Earth, Wind &
Fire's 16th album, is released. When it sells disappointingly, an
exhausted Maurice White disbands the group.
November 1, 1987
Reunited after four years, Earth,
Wind & Fire unveils Touch the World. Its lead single, "System of
Survival," hits #1 on the R&B chart.
October 29, 1992
The Eternal Dance, a 55-track,
three-CD box set spanning the group's entire career, is released.
March 6, 2000
Earth, Wind & Fire is inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction
HOLLYWOOD'S WALK OF FAME
Maurice White, Verdine
White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Andrew Woolfolk,
Johnny Graham pose after accepting their award during the 15th Annual Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, March 6, 2000, at New York's
September 15th, 1995, EWF
was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. All the original
members of the group showed up -- including the group's founder Maurice
White. He attributed EWF's success to the support of their fans. "It's been
quite a trip for us to stay together for over 20 years," White told the
crowd of well-wishers that included Sinbad and radio DJ Tom Joyner. "When we
first started on this scene we didn't know if we were going to make it. But
I want to thank you all for sharing the dream with us." For those of you
that wanna see it for yourself, the star is located exactly at 7080
Hollywood Boulevard (South) corner La Brea Av.
GOLD & PLATINUM DISCOGRAPHY
Double Platinum Albums:
That's The Way Of The World 1975, Gratitude (Double LP) 1975,
Spirit 1976, All'n All 1977, Best Of EWF, Vol.1 1978, I Am 1979, Touch The
World - 1987.
Platinum Albums: Head to the Sky 1973, Open Our Eyes 1974,
Faces (Double LP) 1980, Powerlight 1983.
Shining Star 1975, Can't Hide Love 1975, Getaway 1976, Serpentine
Fire 1977, September 1978, Got To Get You Into My Life 1978, Boogie
Wonderland 1979, After The Love Has Gone 1979, Let's Groove 1981
Platinum DVDs: EWF &
Chicago: Live at the Greek Theatre 2004 (rel. 2005)
That’s the Way of the World #12
Shining Star #1
Sing a Song #5
Got To Get You Into My Life #9
Serpentine Fire #13
September #8 Feb. 10 1979
Boogie Wonderland (Feat. The Emotions) #6
After the Love Has Gone #3
Let’s Groove #3
1975: Best R&B vocal performance by a group (Winner):
Best arrangement accompanying vocals (Nomination): Can't
1976: Best R&B vocal performance by a group (Nomination):
Best Instrumental Song (Nomination): Earth, Wind & Fire -
1978: Best pop vocal performance by a group (Nomination):
Got to Get You Into My Life
Best Arrangement for Accompanying Vocals (Nomination):
Maurice White - Got To Get You In My Life
Best R&B instrumental performance (Winner): Runnin'
Best R&B vocal performance by a group (Winner): All'n All
Best R&B Song (Nomination): Fantasy
1979: Best disco recording (Nomination): Boogie
Best R&B instrumental performance (Winner): Boogie
Best R&B vocal performance by a group (Winner): After the
Love Has Gone
Record of the year: After the Love Has Gone
1981: Best R&B performance by a group: Let's Groove
1982: Best R&B performance by a group (Winner): Wanna Be
1983: Best R&B performance by a group (Nomination: Fall
In Love With Me
1993: Best R&B vocal performance by a group (Nomination):
2003: Best Traditional R&B vocal performance (Nomination): Hold Me
2004: Best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals
(Nomination): Show Me the Way feat. Raphael Saadiq
2005: Best R&B Album (Nomination): Illumination
Lifetime Achievement Award