The Venom had to make mention about “Earth, Wind, and Fire Day” on this #OldSchoolSaturday reminder. The group that helped innovate a new sound for soul music in the 1970’s drew inspiration from funk, jazz, R&B and Latin music – as well as Sly Stone and James Brown.
Rolling Stone included the group’s 1975 single, “That’s the Way of the World,” on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Earth, Wind and Fire have sold more than 90 million albums around the world, according to The Associated Press. Several of their albums went multiplatinum, including 1975’s That’s the Way of the World, the following year’s Spirit and 1977’s All ‘n’ All. They won six Grammys over the course of their career. In 2000, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
According to ABC News, The Los Angeles City Council is honoring hometown band Earth, Wind & Fire by dedicating a day to the group.
“They made Los Angeles their home, and so we decided in the city of L.A., Sept. 21 will be ‘Earth, Wind & Fire Day,'” said Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
“I’m from Los Angeles, born and raised,” said Johnson. “I’m a product of the L.A. United School District. This is a very special moment for me.”
“We’re very blessed and thankful that the music has withstood the test of time,” Bailey said.
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, Verdine’s brother, passed away in February 2016.
White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.
This week’s #OldSchoolSaturday Music Video Of The Week is of course “September” on this 21st day of September.
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