Maurice White co-founds the Salty Peppers in Chicago. They
release two singles on Capitol Records.
May 15, 1971
Earth, Wind & Fire’s self-titled debut album enters the
Billboard album chart, peaking at #172.
April 27, 1974
"Mighty Mighty" becomes the group’s first single to crack the
pop Top Forty. They’d first entered the R&B Top Forty in July
1973 with "Evil."
May 24, 1975
Shining Star, from That’s the Way of the World, reaches #1 on
Billboard’s singles chart. It earns the first of many Grammys
for the group, winning Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group.
January 1, 1976
The double-album Gratitude, a mix of studio and live recordings,
tops the charts for three weeks. The group’s concerts, full of
magic and pyrotechnics, help make them most popular R&B band of
March 16, 1978
Group wins three Grammys: Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group
(for All ‘N All), Best R&B Instrumental Performance ("Runnin’")
and Best Arrangement for Accompanying Vocals ("Got to Get You
Into My Life.")
January 27, 1979
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 peaks at #6 while the
single "September" is on its way to #8. In February, Maurice
White launches the American Recording Corporation (ARC), a
CBS-distributed label whose artist roster included the Emotions
and Deniece Williams.
December 1, 1983
Electric Universe, Earth, Wind & Fire’s 16th album, is
released. When it sells disappointingly, an exhausted
Maurice White disbands the group.
November 1, 1987
Reunited after four years, Earth, Wind & Fire unveils Touch
the World. Its lead single, "System of Survival," hits #1 on the
October 29, 1992
The Eternal Dance, a 55-track, three-CD box set spanning the
group’s entire career, is released.
March 6, 2000
Earth, Wind & Fire is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame at the fifteenth annual induction dinner.