Earth, Wind, & Fire (EWF), a black pop band in business for 45 years has lots of records to go with their 45-year run. They’ve been called the band that “changed the sound of black pop,” played across many styles (R & B, soul, jazz, rock…), had a long list of hits, and received numerous awards.
Many people remark that “This is a band that I grew up to. The band had great dance music, and was just the thing for parties.” EWF was the first popular band to incorporate native African instruments like the kalimba (small plucked-tine instrument). In their arrangements, they did things like continue the Sly & Stones call & response arrangement with multiple reed instruments.
Here are two of their songs most famous, or most popular (or both): “That’s the Way of the World” and “Shining Star.” Try clicking on these and see if there’s something for you there. Neat albums by EWF include “That’s the Way of the World” (same as the song title), “Gratitude”, “Spirit”, “All in All”, and “I Am.”
Tune in Wednesday May 11 between 2 and 6 pm and join Gary, Chuy, and Mel for a program about the famous Earth, Wind, & Fire.