Earth, Wind, Fire

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multi-GRAMMY® winners Earth, Wind and Fire return to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, June 20 at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 13 at noon. They have sold out their last five appearances at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born, one that was steeped in African and African American styles (particularly jazz and R&B) but appealed to a broader cross section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism to produce numerous hit singles such as Shining Star (one of EWF's most beloved singles) and the classic ballad Reasons. Their multi-platinum album Gratitude held the #1 pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975 and included the hit single Singasong (gold, #1 R&B for two weeks, #5 pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad Can't Hide Love
(# 11 R&B) and the popular radio-aired album tracks Celebrate and Gratitude.

The group’s multi-platinum greatest hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover ofTthe Beatles' Got To Get You Into My Life that went to #1 R&B and #9 pop in summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Another single, September, made it to #1 on the R&B charts and #8 on the pop charts. The multi-platinum album I AM hit #3 on the pop charts in the summer of 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single Boogie Wonderland and the phenomenal ballad After The Love Has Gone, written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin, which stayed at #2 on the R&B/pop charts for two weeks. In 2000, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Founding members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continue to tour with the legendary band performing at sold-out shows around the world.

Tickets are $126, $86, $60
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