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Earth Wind And Fire - Lets Grove Tonight 1981

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Published on Jan 4, 2011

Good quality video recorded from Top Of The Pops 1981. Earth, Wind & Fire are an American R&B and funk band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 by Verdine and Maurice White. Also known as EWF, the band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. They have been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone has described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". In 1998, they were ranked at number 60 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock N' Roll.

In 1969, Maurice White, a former session drummer for Chess Records and member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Wayne T, Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol, and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Midwestern area called "La La Time."

The Salty Peppers' second single, "Uh Huh Yeah," did not fare as well, and Maurice left Ramsey Lewis Trio and moved from Chicago to Los Angeles. White added to the band singer Sherry Scott and percussionist Yackov Ben Israel both from Chicago, and then asked his younger brother Verdine how he would feel about heading out to the west coast. June 6, 1970, Verdine left Chicago later joining the band as their new bassist. Maurice began shopping demo tapes of the band, featuring Donny Hathaway, around to different record labels and was then signed to Warner Bros. Records

April 25, 2007, the band was the opening act for the highly touted and publicized special edition of the reality TV series American Idol, "Idol Gives Back" where they performed a medley of "Boogie Wonderland", "Shining Star" and "September". December 11, 2007, Earth, Wind & Fire performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which took place in Oslo, Norway, and was hosted by Kevin Spacey and Uma Thurman and also featured other performances by Melissa Etheridge, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox and Kylie Minouge. The Nobel Peace Prize Concert was broadcast to over 100 countries.

February 20, 2008, Earth, Wind and Fire performed at the Viña del Mar Festival, in Viña del Mar, Chile on the festival's opening night. For their performance the public awarded them with the "Gaviota de Plata" or the Silver Seagull, the highest award that can presented to an artist performing at the festival, which is one of the largest musical events in Latin America. As a curiosity, the fanfare introduction to their song "In the stone" has been used many years in this festival as introducing theme for the broadcasting of this event.

May 18, 2008, Maurice White, Ralph Johnson, Philip Bailey and Verdine White each received an honorary degree from the Arts and Media College at Columbia College Chicago during the college's 2008 commencement exercises. Verdine and Philip both gave remarks during the ceremony, which was followed by an impromptu performance of Shining Star by all four. August 25 EWF performed at the opening ceremony of the 2008 US Open, which was hosted by Forrest Whitaker. The event commemorated the 40th anniversary of the founding of tennis's Open Era with a parade of more than 25 former US Open singles champions. November 2008 Verdine White was presented with Bass Player magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award by fellow bass guitarist Nathan East.

Earth, Wind & Fire performed at the White House February 22, 2009 with Wayne T, at the Governors' Dinner, which was the first formal White House dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The band will tour once again with Chicago for a 2009 tour of thirty US cities. EWF are also planning to release a three-disc package through a major retailer in 2009, which would include a studio album of new material, a live album and a concert DVD. On April 26, 2009, EWF performed at the 39th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They also performed at the 40th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, replacing Aretha Franklin. They performed at the Fort Collins, Colorado, Bohemian Nights New West Fest, August 21st, 2010. Earth, Wind & Fire members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson participated in the recording of the We Are the World 25 for Haiti single. Please visit my other Channel. Keep Rockin!.
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