Earth, Wind and Fire

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Musically tight, boldly experimental and universally loved. Earth, Wind and Fire had it all.

Earth, Wind and Fire took jazz, soul, gospel, pop and more and wrapped them in one psychedelic, mystical package. Few groups were as innovative yet beloved by critics and audiences as EW&F.

Hall of Fame Essay


Harry Weigner

Earth, Wind & Fire proved the power of black music. The awesomely talented band rose to prominence in the Seventies by bringing together the sounds that came before it - jazz, blues, R&B, pop, gospel, African roots, funk  and deep soul - making an impact that transcends race, cultures and time. 

One of the tightest ensembles since the Count Basie Orchestra, Earth, Wind & Fire are legendary for their stage shows, a spectacle of magic, muscle and musicianship. 

More than any other group, Earth, Wind & Fire solidified the growth of black album music in the Seventies, scoring  six consecutive double-platinum albums and becoming Columbia Records’ best-selling R&B band of all time.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 2000
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the band that makes music that everybody needs
L'il Kim



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