Happy Birthday Philip Bailey (May 8)!

Happy Birthday Philip Bailey, the legendary falsetto lead vocalist Earth, Wind & Fire, born on May 8, 1951.

It is difficult to look back at the 70s and early 80s Soul music scene without gazing for a long period at the music and influence of Earth, Wind & Fire. A group revolutionary in its amalgamation of soul, jazz, funk and African music into an attractive, universal sound, EWF influenced an entire generation of self-contained Soul/Funk bands. For a period in the early 80s, the Soul charts were dominated by groups from ConFunkShun to the Dazz Band, all clearly influenced by the electrifying instrumentation and arrangements of EWF and the falsetto lead vocals of Philip Bailey.

Happy Birthday Philip Bailey, the legendary falsetto lead vocalist Earth, Wind & Fire, born on May 8, 1951.

It is difficult to look back at the 70s and early 80s Soul music scene without gazing for a long period at the music and influence of Earth, Wind & Fire. A group revolutionary in its amalgamation of soul, jazz, funk and African music into an attractive, universal sound, EWF influenced an entire generation of self-contained Soul/Funk bands. For a period in the early 80s, the Soul charts were dominated by groups from ConFunkShun to the Dazz Band, all clearly influenced by the electrifying instrumentation and arrangements of EWF and the falsetto lead vocals of Philip Bailey.

 
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