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Legendary Artists: Earth, Wind, and Fire

A group which has spanned space and time (quite literally in some ways), Earth, Wind, and Fire is an experience. A fantastic voyage, even (and yes, I know that Lakeside performed that song, music snobs. GOMD). Practically every facet of music has been touched by this group, and they've touched every facet. Seriously. Just take a look at their Wikipedia page and read down the long list of members, past members, and honorary members.

You could probably write a couple "Legendary" posts on several of the artists, including one Donny Hathaway.

Founded in 1969 by Maurice White and two friends, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, EWF has humble beginnings. Scoring a few regional hits, the group began to expand and eventually moved out west in the early 1970s. Utilizing themes of astrology, love, and more, EWF began to carve out their legacy. However, in 1972, the group broke up and reformed a short while later, with a new line-up.


And that's when shit got real. Sorry for cussin'. 

In 1973, we got into what people consider the classic era. This is when we got songs such as "Shining Star," "Devotion," and a reimaging of The Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life," among other classics. EWF began work with, practically, everyone who was someone in the 1970s and early 1980s. Oh, and, there was this little ditty called "September." I don't know if you've ever heard it, but it's pretty legit.


Most people would call it a career after this point. But, not EFW. They kept going, and going, and going. They even released a 55-track anthology of their career between the 1970s and the 1990s. Now, while they the group suffered through some tragic hiccups, they are as strong as they've ever been. 

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