Earth Wind & Fire - Timeline

1969-02-01 13:09:38


Maurice White joins two friends in Chicago, IL (Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead) and co-founds The Salty Peppers. They release two singles on Capitol Records, "La La Time" b/w "La La Time (Part II)" or "La La La (Part I)" b/w "La La La (Part II)" and "Uh Huh Yeah" b/w "Your Love Is Life."

1970-02-01 16:09:26


Maurice, whose astrological sign, Sagittarius, has a primary elemental quality of Fire and seasonal qualities of Earth and Air (hence the omission of Water, the fourth classical element), moves to California and changes the band's name, to "Earth, Wind & Fire". Earth, Wind & Fire then releases their self-titled debut album. The album includes the tracks "Help Somebody," "Love Is Life" and "C'mon Children."

1971-02-01 16:09:26


In Janaury 15, 1971 Earth, Wind & Fire's self-titled debut album is released to critical acclaim and enters the Billboard album chart, peaking at #172. Unlike the work of most early funk bands, the songwriting was as strong and focused as the musicianship. The record boasts a set of unerringly positive compositions, reflecting the influence of the civil rights movement with nearly every song urging love, community, and knowledge as alternatives to the increasing hopelessness plaguing American society.

1971-02-01 21:44:23


Earth, Wind & Fire performs the soundtrack to Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking black independent film, 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

1972-01-01 16:09:26


Earth, Wind & Fire releases Last Days And Time. The album includes the tracks “Mom,” a cover of Pete Seeger’s "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" and “Power,” an eight-minute proto-disco eruption that begins with a lone kalimba and climaxes with screaming guitars and pulsating percussion.

1972-02-01 00:00:00


After 2 LPs, White decides to restructure Earth, Wind & Fire. Singer Philip Bailey joins a reconfigured Earth, Wind & Fire, with only brothers Maurice and Verdine White remaining from the original lineup. A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduces EWF to Clive Davis, who is, at the moment, the President of Columbia Records. Davis is very impressed with the band's performance and brings their contract from Warner Bros. The newly formed group signs with CBS/Columbia Records.

1973-02-01 16:09:26


Earth, Wind & Fire releases Head To The Sky. Head to the Sky gives the group their first two legitimate hit singles, "Evil", which is co-written by Maurice and Philip, and "Keep Your Head to the Sky", both of which reach the top 30, the top 60 and the R&B pop charts respectively.

1974-01-01 00:00:00


Earth, Wind & Fire releases Open Our Eyes. In May 1974, the single "Mighty Mighty" becomes Earth, Wind & Fire's first single to crack the Pop Top Forty, peaking at No.29. Thanks to singles like the “Kalimba Story” the gritty “Mighty Mighty,” and the unforgettable “Devotion,” Open Our Eyes became EWF’s first gold album and went to the top of the R&B charts.

1974-03-01 16:09:26


Earth, Wind & Fire performs at 'California Jam' (Cal Jam) held in Ontario, CA. Cal Jam, a West Coast rock festival created as an answer to Woodstock drew an astounding 200,000 concertgoers.

1975-01-01 00:00:00


Earth, Wind & Fire releases That's The Way Of The World. Called "one of the strongest albums of the 70's" and "EWF's crowning achievement" by Allmusic’s Alex Henderson and described by Billboard Magazine as "a very tightly produced and performed package", That's the Way of the World included the hit singles "shining Star” and "That’s the Way of the Way of the World" and because of the album, EWF becomes the first black act to top both the Billboard album and singles charts. The band also stars in the film of the same name as the album.

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