They were arguably the biggest black rock band in the world, scoring nearly a dozen gold and platinum albums, and charting Top 10 singles like "Shining Star," "Sing a Song" and "After the Love Is Gone. White was always at the center, whether singing lead vocals with the gospel-trained Philip Bailey, or working in the studio alongside legendary producer Charles Stepney who tragically passed away in He oversaw the intricately designed gatefold covers that depicted Egyptian pyramids and Biblical symbols, and inserted references to his beliefs in his lyrics. Whether the audience understood everything he sang about or not, no one could deny the power of EWF. Here's some of the group's best. Newswire Powered by.
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The band was founded in Chicago by Maurice White in , having grown out of a previous band known as the Salty Peppers. The band has won six Grammys from their 17 nominations  and four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations. With sales of over 90 million records, they are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. In , Maurice White , a former session drummer for Chess Records and former member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio , joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends eventually got a recording contract with Capitol Records. Maurice moved on from Chicago to Los Angeles. He 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. On June 6, , Verdine left Chicago to join the band as their new bassist.
The principal members were Maurice White b. December 19, , Memphis, Tennessee, U. May 8, , Denver, Colorado , Verdine White b. July 25, , Chicago, Illinois , Fred White b. August 3, , Kentucky , Ralph Johnson b. June 19, , Denver, Colorado , and Andrew Woolfolk b.