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EWF & CHIC 2017 TOUR

Earth, Wind & Fire have announced a co-headlining tour with NileRogers & Chic, “The 2054 Tour” will take the two iconic groups to arenas across North America, incl. Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, Nashville, Toronto, and more. [Tour dates]

THE CLASSIC

"The Classic"- six bands live over 2 days! Earth Wind, & Fire, Eagles, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers and Journey. Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium July 15/16 and New York, City Field July 29/30. More info theclassic.com

EBONY POWER 100 GALA 2016

Earth, Wind & Fire and Nile Rodgers were among the special honorees saluted at the Ebony Power 100 gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles 1. Dec.

Jimmy Jam with Verdine White, Philip Bailey & Ralph Johnson

MUSICIANS TAKE UP CAUSE FOR 'BLURRED LINES' APPEAL

A copyright verdict was entered against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for their infringing work in 'Blurred Lines'. The jury found that the song infringed on Marvin Gaye’s 'Got to Give It Up' from (1977).
The case is now up on appeal and interestingly, a number of prominent musicians have joined in and signed papers supporting Thicke’s and Williams’ appeal, including members of EWF, John Oates, R. Kelly, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Tears For Fears’ Curt Smith, Juicy J, the Go-Go’s, Frank Ocean collaborator Malay, Jennifer Hudson, and Train’s Patrick Monahan to name a few. The position advocated that 'Blurred Lines' and 'Got to Give It Up' have completely different melodies and song structures and do not share any lyrics or “a sequence of even two chords played in the same order and for the same duration.”
In their brief supporting the appeal the musicians’ representatives wrote: “The verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works. All music shares inspiration from prior musical works, especially within a particular musical genre. By eliminating any meaningful standard for drawing the line between permissible inspiration and unlawful copying, the judgment is certain to stifle creativity and impede the creative process. The law should provide clearer rules so that songwriters can know when the line is crossed, or at least where the line is. One can only imagine what our music would have sounded like if David Bowie would have been afraid to draw from Shirley Bassey, or if the Beatles would have been afraid to draw from Chuck Berry, or if Elton John would have been afraid to draw from the Beatles, or if Elvis Presley would have been afraid to draw from his many influences.”

MAURICE WHITE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died in February 2016 at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, but before he passed, he wrote a book sharing the story of his life and his award-winning group’s rise to fame. The autobiography, titled 'Maurice White: My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire' will be published Sept. 13. 2016. It details the adversities and triumphs Maurice experienced throughout his life, including his mother leaving him at age four in Memphis, where he was raised by his grandmother; learning to play drums with childhood friend Booker T. Jones; playing with the Ramsey Lewis Trio in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles; and, of course, his many adventures with his pioneering and successful group Earth, Wind & Fire. In the book, White also recounts his work with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, and dealing with the challenges of Parkinson’s.

MAURICE WHITE 1941-2016

Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home February 4th 2016. He was 74 years old.

HEAD TO THE SKY SACD

Head To The Sky (1973) is  now available on Audio Fidelity 4.0 Quad Hybrid SACD. Includes Multichannel mix in SACD Surround Sound and original 2-channel stereo mixes in SACD stereo and standard CD stereo. No bonus tracks.

GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Earth Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz and Run DMC are to receive the 2016 Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award which  honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. The ceremony will be held in the spring. [www.grammy.com]

'BEST OF VOL. 1' ON VINYL PICTURE DISC FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Best of - vol.1Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music, announces the label's line-up of collectible 12", 10" and 7" vinyl releases pressed especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday Nov. 27. 2015 .
EWF's monumental 1978 anthology, compiled the group's previously charting songs -- including "Shining Star," "Sing a Song," "Getaway" and "Fantasy" -- alongside 2 new tracks; a cover of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life" (which won a Best Arrangement with Vocal Grammy for Maurice White), and the classic "September" which was a  Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. A Billboard Top 10, RIAA 5x platinum-selling album, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 has been pressed as a collectible picture disc, featuring the iconic EWF gold coin logo plus a die-cut insert, especially for Record Store Day 2015.  [www.recordstoreday.com]

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM 2015

The Classic Christmas Album includes 13 tracks from Holiday (the seasonal album released in 2014) with five additional tracks; "Gather Round" (2005); "Get Your Hump On This Christmas" (feat. Cleveland Brown, from Twentieth Century Fox Television's "A Cleveland Brown Christmas," airdate: December 13, 2009); "I Asked For A Miracle (God Gave Me You)" (Philip Bailey with Full Force, produced by Full Force, recorded May 26, 1991); "Open Your Heart to Love" and "One World" (1990). [Tracklist]

SHUSEI NAGAOKA ILLUSTRATOR FOR EWF DIES AT 78

Nagaoka, an illustrator best known for making the imaginative, fantasy-based album covers for EWF, Electric Light Orchestra and other bands in the 1970s and 80s, died of a heart attack Tuesday 23. June 2015 at a hospital in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture. He was 78.
All'n AllA Nagasaki native, the artist, whose real name was Shuzo Nagaoka, grew up offshore in Iki, where he had moved to before Nagasaki was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. He quit Musashino Art University in Tokyo before completing his studies and went on to establish his career as an illustrator. After moving to the United States in 1970, Nagaoka based himself in Hollywood and produced album covers for the popular artists and bands at the time. I AmSome of his best known work appeared on the Earth, Wind & Fire albums All 'N Allť and I Am as well as Electric Light Orchestra's Out Of The Blue. Nagaoka's works also included official posters for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix and the International Exposition in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, in 1985. Nagaoka returned to Japan about a decade ago.

VERDINE WHITE INTERVIEW

Verdine White is interviewed by Zachary Stockill/popmatters.com on, playing at the White House, and more...

HOLIDAY: EWF'S FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Holiday is a spirited celebration of the holiday season, bringing together brand new recordings of seasonal standards (Winter Wonderland, The Little Drummer Boy, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bell Rock), beloved carols (Joy to the World, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, What Child Is This?, Away in a Manger, The First Noel), a traditional Japanese winter song (Snow) a modern day Christmas song (Every Day Is Like Christmas) and future EWF classics: Happy Seasons (inspired by Happy Feeling), and December (inspired by September) featuring original vocals from Maurice White. Produced by Philip J. Bailey and Myron McKinley, Holiday is Earth, Wind & Fire's 21st studio album. Available October 21.

RELAUNCH OF THE KALIMBA LABEL

Maurice White has relaunched his Kalimba Music label which was originally established in 2003 to promote Earth, Wind & Fire as well as up-and-coming artists. Kalimba Music's first release is a re-mastered collector's edition of the 2003 EWF album The Promise, a critically acclaimed full length set which in its original run hit #19 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #5 on the Top Independent Albums chart. It also scored a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hold Me."
Kalimba Music has also signed keyboardist/composer Greg Manning, whose debut instrumental single "Dance With You" reached #1 on The Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler in 2013. Manning recently finished mastering his label debut for an new upcoming release. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, the multi-talented keyboardist studied piano and film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning to Switzerland to establish himself as a composer and producer. He made his debut in the U.S. as keyboardist for Brian McKnight's "Back At One" tour, then toured extensively for a decade as keyboardist and music director for Grammy nominated artist Jonathan Butler. Manning has also performed with Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Chante Moore and Kirk Whalum, among others. [www.kalimba-music.com]

ORIGINAL MEMBER JESSICA CLEAVES PASSED AWAY

Jessica Cleaves replaced Sherry Scott after quitting then-popular R&B/pop quartet  Friends Of Distinction. She appeared on both EWF albums Last Days And Time and Head To The Sky. In 1973, by the time EWF went in to record Open Your Eyes, Jessica Cleaves had left, disappearing one night after a gig in Boston. As it turned out, she'd gotten married, moved to Detroit, and later went on to work with George Clinton. Maurice decided not to replace her with another female singer. She did an album (?) back in 1978 produced by Walter 'Junie' Morrison from Clinton's P-Funk army. Jessica can also be heard on both "George Clinton Presents Our Gang Funky" (1989) and Fred Wesley's 1995 album, "Say Blow by Blow Backwards". Check out the solowork section. Jessica Cleaves passed away in Los Angeles on May 5th 2014. She was 65. [Check out the solowork section]

PHILIP BAILEY WALKS THROUGH EWF
 IN NEW BOOK

Buy it on AmazonFor all his accomplishments in EWF, which range from multiplatinum album sales and Grammy awards to a coveted spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singer Philip Bailey has always viewed the band as a means to an end.
"It's given me a platform to meet and help so many people, to learn a lot of new things and grow, and writing the book really kind of revealed that to me," said Bailey, whose new biography "Shining Star" chronicles his life in (and outside of) the 45-year-old funk/R&B institution.
"It was eerie, really, because it's like in an accident where your life flashes before your eyes. Writing a book like this allowed me to go to some places I haven't been for quite some time."
In fact, it wasn't even his idea. "I didn't think I had a story to tell," he said. "But I was touring with (producer/musician) David Foster, and at his 60th birthday party a few years back a book agent asked if I wanted to do it.
"In the past when people have suggested that, I've just kind of shoved it off as being a slight compliment. But, sure enough, that following year the agent called me and said, 'Here's the two guys you're going to work with.' " Those guys were Keith and Kent Zimmerman, identical twins from Oakland, Calif., who have penned nearly 20 books together on subjects ranging from the Hell's Angels to co-written autobiographies of Alice Cooper and Trace Adkins.
Bailey studied bass and percussion and sang in gospel choirs up through his time at Denver's East High School, eventually playing gigs at area bars and nightclubs multiple nights a week before he was old enough to drink alcohol. He witnessed the swirling elements of late 1960s pop culture as race and spirituality became mainstream topics of discussion. is journey eventually brought him to Earth, Wind & Fire, which Maurice White had founded in 1969 and which Bailey joined in 1972 after moving to Los Angeles. The band, which had begun combining mysticism with a smooth but experimental take on rock, funk, R&B and soul, soared on Bailey's versatile musicianship and effortless falsetto voice.
Bailey's solo career hit new heights with his second album, "Chinese Wall," which spawned the hit single "Easy Lover" (with buddy Phil Collins) in 1984. But as chronicled in the chapter "Wandering the Wilderness," Bailey's confidence also faltered as Earth, Wind & Fire faced smaller audiences and changing tastes in the 1980s and '90s.
"I didn't want to write a book that just flattered me or sounded braggadocious, so I tried to put a lot in there about what was going on around me politically or culturally," he said. "And the other thing is, the story continues. I never put a ceiling on what I'm going to do or where I'm going or where God's going to lead me." [Buy it on Amazon]

SONGWRITER BELOYD TAYLOR PASSING

Bernard "Beloyd" Taylor passed away last week. Taylor was responsible for the EWF songs "Getaway", "Lady Sun", "You Are A Winner", "Spread Your Love", "The Changing Times" and "Heart To Heart". He started out as a member of the Cleveland-based group S.O.U.L. before going solo. As far as I know, he only released the 7" single "Get Into Your Life" b/w "Today All Day" on the 20th Century label in 1977.

NOW, THEN & FOREVER ALBUM

The new album Now, Then & Forever (Sony Music) was released 10. September 2013. It is available on CD, LP and DL in several different versions. The standard CD/LP version has 10 tracks.
EWF Target versionThe Target CD version has 2 bonus tracks "Hero As He Rose" and "Whirlwind", both brand new. The Best Buy CD version has 2 different bonus tracks "Can't Hide Love (Masters at Work Remix) and "Shining Star" (DJ Jin Asakusa Samba Remix), both lifted from the 2002 CD "Essential EW&F Remixes".
EWF Best Buy versionThere are also 2 different double CD sets. The "Deluxe Edition" bonus disc contains a mini Best Of EWF with 6 tracks. The "Special Edition" bonus disc contains 7 tracks and is entitled "The Best Of EW&F - Icon Selects", where Maurice White, Pharrell, The Roots,  Lenny Kravitz, Clive Davis, Raphael Saadiq and Andre 3000 have selected their favourite EWF track. [Album review and tracklist]

WONDERLAND - THE SPIRIT OF EWF

A great document of the wide reach of EWF at the end of the 70s that seemed to touch most of the soul and jazz world. The set's a much-needed look at the way that energy from EWF flowed out to so many others too as the group's tunes were frequently covered, its members frequently worked with other artists, and Maurice White frequently lent his production talents to others in the studio. A killer set of tracks incl. "Got To Find My Way" by Pockets, "Tequila Mockingbird" by Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Let's Get Together" by Paulinho DaCosta, "City Lights" by Valerie Carter, "Ancient Source" by Caldera, "Answer To My Prayer" by Alton McClain & Destiny, "Let Love Groove Me" by Syliva St.James, "The Boy I Left Behind" by Deniece Williams, "Glow Love" by Mighty Clouds Of Joy, "And I Do" by Abraham Laboriel, "I Waited" by Blue Magic, "Dream Come True" by Stargard, and "Theme For Relana" by Gene Harris. [Tracklist]

MAURICE WHITE IN LAWSUIT

Maurice White, Ramsey Lewis and Charles Stephney 1974Earth, Wind & Fire's founding member Maurice White together with Sony Music, have been accused of neglecting to pay Charles Stepney, who produced some of EWF's greatest hits. Stepney died in 1976, so his children are suing White for royalties they claim their dad never received. Stepney was responsible for classics as "Shining Star", "Devotion", "Sing a Song" and "Mighty, Mighty". The producer was also an arranger, songwriter and musician who achieved great success in all four areas during the 60s and 70s. He worked with Ramsey Lewis, Chaka Khan, The Dells and The Emotions among others. Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Terry Callier have made it known that they were heavily influenced by Stepney's talents. One of EWF's greatest songs, "Spirit" was a tribute to Stepney.
The estate claims EW&F and their label Sony haven't paid out any royalties in the last 40 years, and that they are entitled to that money because of an oral agreement between Charles Stepney and Maurice White. White has been responding that there was no oral agreement and that Stepney was paid everything he was owed when he was alive. White wants the judge to dismiss the lawsuit and says "if they were owed money, why didn't they sue decades ago?"
The judge has yet to rule in the case.

SOUL TRAIN LEGEND AWARD 2011

Earth Wind & Fire received the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award, November 17th in Atlanta, Georgia. This year is EW&F 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, Ralph Johnson who accepted the award on behalf of the band.
Earth Wind & Fire has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, proving that their success is long standing.

NEW GUITAR PLAYER

For reasons unknown, Vadim Zilberstein has left EWF. Replacing him on guitar is Morris O'Connor. O'Connor has been recording with artists like Stevie Wonder, Gap Band, Booker T Jones, Grover Washington Jr., Teena Marie, Montel Jordan, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Oleta Adams, Jazz Crusaders, Teddy Pendergrass, Jody Watley, Snoop Doggie Dog, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. He has also  recorded with former EWF guitarist Al McKay's L.A. All Star Band.

THE COLUMBIA MASTERS BOX SET

Buy it on Amazon.com15+1 newly mastered CDs from EWF's career on Columbia Records. Plus bonus disk of rarities, instrumentals and unreleased tracks. Supervised by EW&F's founder Maurice White. Each album packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that albums original cover art.

Earth, Wind & Fire's horn-powered hit machine represents the best in pop melodies, harmonizing voices, funky syncopation and rhythms of the world. During their heyday in the 70s, they became one of music's most beloved groups with catchy songs like "September," "Shining Star," "Let's Groove," "Boogie Wonderland," "Sing a Song," "Can't Hide Love," "Reasons" and "After the Love Is Gone." EWF was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and The Columbia Masters demonstrates why the group became the soundtrack for 20th century American life.

The box set includes::
- 15 of the band's classic albums, newly mastered for superior sound.
- Original LP jackets.
- 40-page booklet with photos and commentary by Maurice White.
- Newly compiled bonus disk with:
- 2 unreleased tracks from the Touch The World sessions
- 2 live performances ("Getaway" and "In the Stone") recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1980.
- Rare instrumental versions of "Let's Groove" and "Boogie Wonderland".
- Maurice White's unmistakable productions for Neil Diamond, Ramsey Lewis, Jennifer Holiday and Barbra Streisand.
EWF Columbia albums:
01. Last Days and Timee
02. Head to the Sky
03. Open Our Eyes
04. That's the Way of the World
05. Gratitude
06. Spirit
07. All 'N All
08. Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1
09. I Am
10. Faces
11. Raise!
12. Powerlight
13. Electric Universe
14. Touch the World
15. Heritage
16. Constellations - The Universe of EWF

RECOMMENDED EWF SOUNDS

Banda Black RioThe Recommended EWF-Oriented Albums section has been updated with some albums you might not have in your collection. Some are pretty obscure, but nevertheless well worth checking out.

AL MCKAY'S EWF EXPERIENCE SHOW

From time to time, web sites report of upcoming EWF concerts in Europe and Asia. You might want to double check if this is EWF feat. Philip Bailey,  Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, or former EWF guitarist Al McKay and his EWF Experience show. Bailey & Co is of course the original EWF, but you should definitely also check out Al's EWF Experience. The show is absolutely fantastic and includes all the classic songs. Al McKay was guitarist and song writer in EWF between 1973 and 1981 and he is responsible for many of the classic EWF songs.

AL MCKAY EWF EXPERIENCE
LIVE DATES 2017

Mar 27, Philippines, Manila
Mar 29, Philippines, Guam
Mar 31, Singapore, Singapore
Apr 1, Indonesia, Bali
Apr 21, Mexico, Cancun
Apr 22, Mexico, Cancun
May 26, Switzerland,
May 27, Switzerland,
Jun 17, France, Chantilly
Jun 24, France, Pesac
Jun 25, France, Seignos
Jul 1, Netherlands, Eindhoven
Jul 21, Netherlands, Amsterdam
Jul 22, France, St.Julien en Genevois
Jul 27, Denmark, Rudkřbing
Jul 28, Norway, Arendal
Jul 30, Spain, Torrevieja
Aug 12, Spain, Malaga
Aug 14, Spain, Sotogrande
Aug 16, Switzerland,
Aug 17, Italy,
Aug 19, Germany, Göttingen

AL MCKAY'S EWF EXPERIENCE LIVE IN MARBELLA 2014 REVIEW

Al McKay live in MarbellaThe Al McKay AllStars presenting The Earth Wind & Fire Experience showed the around 2500 strong crowd at the open air Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella, Spain what soulful jazz-funk is all about! Live music doesn't get much better than this! [Review]

AL MCKAY ALLSTARS: LIVE IN KAUNAS
JAZZ 2004 DVD

A kick ass performance by Al and his 13 piece All-Stars band including Michael Harris and Michael Rahmlee Davis of the Phenix Horns. Recorded in the spring 2004 at the Kaunas Jazz Festival in Lithuania. PCM stereo and (a very good) 5.1 surround mix. The playlist is perfect and the concert is an excellent EWF experience indeed! [Tracklist] [www.kaunasjazz.ltt]

EWF/CHICAGO CONCERT ON DVD/BLU RAY

A double DVD from two EWF/ Chicago performances  held August 10. and 11. 2004 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles was released 28. June 2005. The DVD reached Platinum sales after just 2 months! [Tracklist]
The concert was also released on Blue-Ray disc summer 2008. It features 1080i video (1.78:1), plus DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio and Dolby Digital tracks in full 5.1 Surround tracks, and PCM 2.0 Stereo. Extras incl. bonus track "Drum Duel".

MONSTER GRATITUDE IN-EAR HEADPHONES

EWF have attach their name to the new in-ear headphones from Monster. The Gratitude have received a lot of good reviews and can be bought from Amazon for $199,-. (List price $229,-). The set features a ControlTalk in-line mic and volume/talk controls, and the 12 pairs of different size and type of eartips make it easy to get the perfect fit to seal-in the headphone's sound. They provide a good degree of noise isolation, and the flat, tangle resistant cable's color scheme matches the Gratitude's gold trim. [Monster Gratitude] [CNET review] [Buy them from Amazon.com]

EWF 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 Of Fame June 17. 2010. Read more...

EWF AT THE WHITE HOUSE

President Obama and Earth Wind & FireEWF performed at the White House on 22. Feb. 2009 at the Governors' Dinner which was the first formal White House dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

DOCTOR OF MUSIC DEGREE

Maurice White & Philip Bailey + Steve Winwood and film composer Howard Shore are to receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees at Berklee College of Music 8. May 2008. Roger Brown, the president of the revered Massachusetts music school will hand out the top accolades and Bailey will give the commencement address to more than 800 Berklee graduates and invited guests. The honorary doctorate recipients are being honored for their achievements in the world of music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture. Past recipients include Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Patti LaBelle, Steven Tyler, Aretha Franklin and David Bowie. The event will be extra special for Shore - as he actually attended Berklee.

ROLAND BAUTISTA PASSED AWAY

Roland Bautista, who was a member of EWF at various times in the 70s and 80s, died of natural causes 12. Feb. 2012 in Las Vegas. He played on "Last Days and Time" (1972) but left the band soon after it's release. He released two solo albums on ABC Records, "Bautista" (1977) and "The Heat Of The Wind (1978). He also worked as a guitar player for the Ronnie Laws Band, The Crusaders, Jackson 5, Lamont Dozier, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Crawford, George Duke, Wayne Henderson and Hubert Laws. Bautista returned to EWF in 1981 replacing fellow rhythm guitarist Al McKay and performed on Raise! (1981), Powerlight (1982) and Electric Universe (1983). He left the band in 1983 when the group went on a temporary hiatus.

LOUIS SATTERFIELD 1937-2004

Born 3rd April 1937, Shaw, Mississippi.
Died 27th September 2004, Chicago.

In the late 60s, Louis was a member of the group The Pharaohs. He also  often contributed to sessions at Chicago's Chess studios, and when Maurice White recorded a demo for a new band he wanted to form, Louis appeared on it. Maurice's group were later to become EWF, and Louis - together with The Pharaohs Don Myrrick, Yehudah Ben Israel and Rahm Lee, plus Michael Harris - were hired by White as the Phenix Horns.
Louis, along with Rahmlee Davis, have recently been in court with Phil Collins. Collins won the lawsuit he filed against two former backing band members over excessive royalty payments made from his 1990 "Serious Hits"- Live album. 
London High Court Justice Jonathan Parker ruled, however, that defendants Louis Satterfield and Rahmlee Davis - both former members of EWF - would not be responsible for paying back any of the money ($385,000), which were overpaid to them by Collins. Although Collins was not seeking repayment of previously paid-out monies, he was seeking a declaration that no further payments be made to the musicians, and on that front he won.
While defending their case, Satterfield and Rahmlee had claimed they were owed royalties from all 15 tracks on the Serious Hits - Live album as opposed to only the five tracks they performed on. Parker disagreed. 
The original dispute in the case arose after an accounting error was discovered, showing the defendants had been overpaid $345,000. Phil Collins Ltd.'s chief accountant then informed the defendants by letter that said overpayment would be recouped from "future royalties earned." Parker agreed, although he stated Collins' claim was limited to one half of that amount and that it was "highly improbable" that any future royalty payments would ever cover that sum. 

VERDINE TO FORM NEW ARTIST MANAGEMENT AND MUSIC PRODUCTION COMPANYY

Multi-Grammy Award winner Verdine White and businessman Scott Julion, have teamed up and formed J.E.P. Entertainment, a new Artist Management/Music Production Company. Julion is a fashion industry veteran whose clients have included Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker, Halle Berry, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Arsenio Hall, just to name a few as well as corporate giant SEARS. The company will be based in Los Angeles.
"Scott and I have over 25 years of experience in the entertainment business," stated White. "J.E.P. will develop the raw talent of vocalists and musicians in order to prepare them for today's competitive and ever- evolving music market."
The first release from J.E.P. will be a six piece band from Orange County, California, SlapBak. "When Scott and I heard SlapBak's music and saw them perform, we knew they had the talent and passion that we were looking for. We are proud to present them as the first release from J.E.P. Rooted in old-school musicianship, SlapBak is bringing back the funk for the new millennium. With three critically-acclaimed underground CDs under their belt, their music returns to their roots of funky grooves and melodic hooks, revitalizing a genre that is still in demand."
SlapBak is a six piece band headed by singer/songwriter/musician Jara Harris (drums, bass, guitar and keyboards), rapper/vocalist TJ Quake, co-lead singer Aleida, guitarist Jeff "J-Rok" Harris, drummer M.A.T.T. and turntablist DJ Ruffnek. Their new CD, "The Key," contains 16 tracks including the first single, a funky remake of the WAR classic, "Lowrider."

EWF AT NOBEL PIECE PRICE CONCERT IN OSLO

EWF played several songs at the 2007 Peace Prize Concert on 11. December at the Spektrum Arean in Oslo, Norway The show also feat. performances by Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox among others.
The prestigious prize went to Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Hollywood actor Tommy Lee Jones, who was former US vice president Al Gore's roommate at Harvard, co-hosted the event. See EWF in Oslo on YouTube

TTWOTW 30th ANNIVERSARY SACD

That's The Way Of The World - SACDSony/Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has issued a new Hybrid Stereo SACD of the classic "That's The Way of the World". The new SACD is an "Audiophile Limited Edition" SACD release which celebrates the 30th Anniversary of both this album and the 1975 movie of the same name starring Harvey Keitel that it was featured in.

Mobile Fidelity: "Thirty Years ago in March of 1975 the landmark album That's the Way of the World by Earth, Wind and Fire was released and catapulted the band into super-stardom. That's the Way of the World features the title track as well as the pop ballad “Reasons"ť. During the Caribou Ranch recording sessions, Maurice White was so overwhelmed by all the beauty of the stars in the clear mountainous skies of Colorado. It inspired him to write the bands first crossover Number 1 Hit “Shining Star"ť which White co-wrote with Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn. This Grammy Award-winning album was produced by the bands founder Maurice White and Charles Stepney and engineered by the legendary George Massenburg. This newly remastered Audiophile Limited Edition will be the first time That's the Way of the World will be available on Dual Layer Hybrid SACD featuring original master tape transfers ."

That's The Way of the World is one of Earth, Wind and Fire's best known albums. It was the soundtrack of a now out-of-print movie of the same name that featured the group. The first 8 cuts on the album were on the original 1975 edition of this album while the 5 bonus tracks first appeared on a 1999 re-release of the album on the Sony/Columbia Legacy Records label. The Stereo SACD tracks on the new album provide a new appreciation of the songs on the disc. Of particular note is Track 7 (Africano) which features some excellent stereo imaging and transient response. The 5 bonus tracks on the disc also provide a different spin on some familiar favorites including a bossa nova treatment of "That's The Way of the World" and a funky deep bass line at the start of "Happy Feelin'".

VERDINE WHITE INTERVIEW

Verdine White is interviewed by MusicRadar.com where he talks about bass, classic tracks, influences, gear, and keeping the groove. [Read more]

VERDINE INSTRUCTION VIDEO

And here's a note for all EWF-crazy fellow bassists: there's several  instruction videos by Verdine  where he talks about sound, technique, his Peavey-custom basses, his influences etc. There's a booklet included which contains the bass-lines to hits like Getaway, Fantasy, That's the Way of the World, September and others. Also you can see Verdine jamming with a small band, performing the songs mentioned above. It can be purchased through BASS PLAYER and other guitar player magazines. [More instruction videos]

DEVOTED SPIRITS

The driving force behind the group Devoted Spirits is producer and former EWF guitarist Sheldon Reynolds, along with keyboardist Larry Dunn and multi-instrumentalist Morris Pleasure. Special guests include drummer Ricky Lawson, guitarist Bobby Watson, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Teri Lyn Carrington, Herbie Hancock and former EWF members Johnny Graham, Gary Bias and Ronnie Laws. [www.devotedspirits.com]

EWF AT 2005 SUPERBOWL

EWF performed together with Black Eyed Peas during the XXXIX Super Bowl pre-game show in Jacksonville, Florida on Feb. 6, 2005. That was probably a treat for Patriots player Earthwind Moreland, who was named after the group because his mother is a big fan. (Personally I'm pretty happy that my mother was not a Engelbert Humperdinck fan :-)

MAURICE FOR PRESIDENT?

Okay, not really, but EWF was the special musical guests in Washington, D.C. June 20. 2000 at a White House state dinner. The event, which was held in a tent on the White House lawn, was honoring His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. The band was first contacted just a week before the show by White House staff, and they quickly agreed to do the show. The entire group flew to Washington June 19, including Maurice White. The guys had just gathered to rehearse the new stage show they'll be doing on the road this year when the call came in, and they were honored by the invitation. According to The Washington Post, President Clinton asked the audience after the show: "Weren't they great?", pointing to the original band members, many his own age. "I was thinking: If a grandfather can do this, maybe there's life after politics". 

JOHNNY GRAHAM INTERVIEW

Former EWF guitarist (1972-1982) interview done March 2004 for www.digitalprosound.com

FINALLY IN THE HALL OF FAME!

Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 15. annual induction dinner on March 6. 2000. [More...]

"TOMA TU SOPITA"

"Devotion" is probably the most popular song by EWF in Chile and the reason is the following: The line "Deliverance from the fruits of evil" sounds like the words "Toma tu sopita" in Spanish, which mean "Drink your soup", actually the song is known by the Chileans as "Toma tu sopita". When EWF visited a very famous summer festival in Chile (in the late 70's), they were introduced by the conductor of the show as the authors of the great song "Toma tu sopita"... :-)

EWF RATED ON VH1

VH1 ran a series called "The 100 Greatest Rock and Roll  Artists of All Time." Earth, Wind and Fire placed # 60. Seems a little  low on the list, but they did place ahead of Paul McCartney and Parliament-Funkadelic. The list was determined by ballots sent to actual musicians, and not journalists or record executives. For the EWF segment, clips were shown of the rare video for "Boogie Wonderland" (actually, not a very accurate representation of most of EWF's material), and "Shining Star" from the group's appearance at the "The Joint" in Las Vegas last year.
Boyz II Men spoke of how much they loved the music of EWF; but the true thrill was Miles Davis calling EWF "my favorite" and "the best". Seeing how he was considered by many to be the best jazz artist, and to some, the best artist of any music genre, this is quite a statement to make. Mike Wiethorn

LAWSUIT SETTLED IN DON MYRICK'S DEATH

The family of musician Donald Myrick, who was shot to death during a 1993 police raid, settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica for $400,000 in 1995. The settlement came ending litigation brought by Myrick's mother, wife and three daughters. Myrick, a saxophonist with the Phenix Horns and who also performed on the Phil Collins hit "One More Night", was killed July 30, 1993, while police were serving a search warrant. Police said Officer Gary Barbaro fired one shot after mistaking a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon.

EWF ACCESSORIES

German goldsmith Peter Kreitmeir offers chains in gold, silver or platinum with EWF symbols. What about a gold chain with the sign of Jupiter?

LIFE BELLS

A poem dedicated to Maurice White
By Martin Holzinger

MESSAGE FROM SHELDON REYNOLDS

"Just wanna tell you how much I like your web site on EWF. It is laid out really well. Continued success."
Sheldon Reynolds, Earth, Wind & Fire

MESSAGE FROM MORRIS PLEASURE

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this web page...even learned a few things. I used to be.. and still am, one of their biggest fans. Thanks.
Morris Pleasure, Music Director/Keyboards, EWF

MESSAGE FROM FREDDIE RAVEL

I just viewed the EWF site and you have done a wonderful job. I had the honor and pleasure to serve as EWF's musical director and keyboard player from 92'-94' and they are like family to me. Maurice brought me the opportunity to co-produce my latest CD, "Sol to Soul" with him, and it has done very well here in the USA (#14 in the national charts). We also wrote "Honor the Magic" (from Millennium) together and that's my voice on the front of the song saying "hagamos del mundo una familia"!
Best Wishes, Freddie Ravel

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

R.J.M., NYC, USA, for all the album rewievs. Great work! I support his ratings 100%.

Leroy Rey, Holland for various rare groove info and mp3s.

Martin Holzinger, Germany, for lots of info in the solowork section, - great research on the meaning of the symbols, the ISIS computer game and the awards list.

Peter Kreitmeir, Germany, for numerous news tips and info regarding the group.

Marvin Dickey, Charlotte, NC, USA, for additional production work info, and for pointing out that Sheldon Reynolds did play lead guitar and sang lead vocal for the funk group Sun. He then moved on to The Commodores before ending up in EWF in 1987. He left in 1999.

Olle Dahlquist, Sweden, for misc. info. (This guy has been together with EWF for a week during their England tour in 1982!)

Michael J. Goodwin, USA, for rare grooves, additional info in the personnel and symbol section.

Peter Hellstrřm, Sweden, for misc. rare groove info and several live pics and cover scans.

Also
Suzu Takeda, Palo Alto, Ca. USA.
George E. Watson, Nassau, Bahamas,
Paul A. Gilbert, New York, NY, USA
Mike Wiethorn, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Paolo Magnani, Italy
Valdas Bytautas, Lithuania
Rob Bemelen, Holland

...and all the other people out there that has provided me with info making this site such a success.

AGAIN... THANK YOU!