You Won’t Be Able To Resist Grooving Along To This Live Earth Wind And Fire Performance

Earth, Wind and Fire are legends of funk, soul, and pop history. Formed in 1969 by co-lead singer and primary songwriter Maurice White, the group had numerous hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’, ‘After The Love Has Gone’, ‘September’ and ‘Let’s Groove’. They also won numerous awards throughout their career, including six Grammys and four American Music Awards, and have been cited as an outfit who changed the sound of black pop music.

The band still performs regularly, and earlier in 2024 they gave a live performance for Sirius XM’s Heart and Soul show. Among the songs they played was their classic 1978 US number one ‘September’, which was greeted with enthusiastic applause by the audience members in the studio when the band began to play. And it wasn’t just the audience who were having a blast – from the second the group began to lay down that legendary groove, it looked as though they too were having the time of their lives.

Vocalist Philip Bailey led the group (having taken on all lead vocal duties after the sad passing of Maurice White in 2016) lending his soulful voice and enthusiastic ad libs to the performance. Also present was bassist Verdine White, whose smooth bass grooves gave the song its instantly recognizable, funk-driven feel. A mention also has to go to the incredible three-piece brass section, whose upbeat, spirited playing held the whole track together and gave it that extra bit of sparkle.

For a glimpse of Earth Wind and Fire back in their heyday, meanwhile, check out this energetic live performance of ‘Let’s Groove’ from Oakland, California in 1981. Dressed in glittery clothes and powering through exuberant dance routines, the band really encouraged the audience to “boogie down”, with Fred White providing a solid, rhythmic drum beat and Verdine White once again keeping the groove going with his bass. “True musical talent”, said one viewer – and it’s difficult to disagree.

As evidenced by these two performances, Earth, Wind and Fire are considered to be a paragon of their genre for a reason. Combining effortlessly funky grooves with irresistible vocal melodies and fun, energetic live performances, the group really did change the world of black funk and pop music, with tracks like ‘September’ and ‘Let’s Groove’ continuing to live on in the public consciousness decades after they were originally released.

If you’re a fan of the legendary band Earth Wind and Fire, you can listen to more of their soulful music by subscribing to their YouTube Channel or following them on their Facebook Page. Experience the incredible grooves that have shaped the sound of black pop music and continue to delight audiences everywhere.

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