Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and multi-Grammy winners Earth, Wind and Fire return to Ruth Eckerd Hal June 20, 8 p.m.
CLEARWATER - 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 p.m. 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 Earth, Wind and Fire combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism to produce numerous hit singles such as Shining Star (one of Earth, Wind and Fire's most beloved singles) and the classic ballad Reasons.
The group will be releasing a new album Now, Then & Forever in September.
The groupís multi-platinum greatest hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of The Beatles' Got To Get You Into My Life that went to No. 1 R&B and No. 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 No. 1 on the R&B charts and No. 8 on the pop charts. The multi-platinum album I AM hit No. 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 No. 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.
Reserved tickets priced at $126, $86.and $60 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and oneline at www.RuthEckerdHall.com.