THE ETERNAL DANCE
By David Nathan - Billboard / Blues & Soul
From "The Eternal Dance" box-set
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Maurice White co-founds the Salty Peppers in Chicago. They
release two singles on Capitol Records.
Earth, Wind & Fire's self-titled debut album enters the
Billboard album chart, peaking at #172.
"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
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.
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
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
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
Electric Universe, Earth, Wind & Fire's 16th album, is
released. When it sells disappointingly, an exhausted
Maurice White disbands the group.
Reunited after four years, Earth, Wind & Fire unveils Touch
the World. Its lead single, "System of Survival," hits #1 on the R&B
The Eternal Dance, a 55-track, three-CD box set spanning the
group's entire career, is released.
Earth, Wind & Fire is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner.