Earth, Wind & Fire are one of the popular R&B / Funk bands of all time. Founded by brothers Maurice and Verdine White (who, by the way, aren’t the most photogenic stars on our countdown), the group reached their creative and commercial peak during the mid-late 1970s. The large band featured Maurice White on lead tenor vocals, often with Philip Bailey singing in falsetto during the chorus. The horn section became a key ingredient as well, along with the band’s overall flashy showmanship.  Though their songs were popular on the dance floor, their sound wasn’t really Disco, though their sound came from similar roots.

In 1978, the group had five consecutive Platinum or Multi-Platinum albums in a row, so the time was ripe for a greatest hits package. The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was issued with two previously unreleased songs, as well as the first EWF album appearance of “Got To Get You Into My Life” which made an appearance on the soundtrack to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Issued just in time for the holidays, the album went Top 5 in early 1979, eventually selling over five million copies. ”September” was one of the new songs, and features all the classic EWF elements. That song also made the top ten in early 1979.

Earth, Wind & Fire continued through the early 1980s with declining appeal. Philip Bailey tried to forge a solo career but apart from a worldwide smash “Easy Lover” with the then red-hot Phil Collins, the hits were not forthcoming. EWF reunited for several albums and continue to tour to this day.