Larry Dunn

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Larry Dunn
Birth nameLawrence Dunn
Born (1953-06-19) June 19, 1953 (age 66)
OriginDenver, Colorado, United States
GenresFunk, disco, soul
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, songwriter
Years active1972 - present
LabelsColumbia, ARC, Another Hit, 101 South
Associated actsEarth, Wind & Fire, Twennynine, Ronnie Laws, Ramsey Lewis

Larry Dunn (born Lawrence Dunn on June 19, 1953) is an American keyboardist, musical director and one of the early members of the music group Earth, Wind & Fire. Dunn, along with other members of Earth, Wind & Fire, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995, Lifetime Achievement honors from ASCAP (Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, 2002, 4 American Music Awards, and are inductees of the Songwriter Hall of Fame. Dunn is a co-writer of the song "Shining Star", an Earth, Wind & Fire classic song that has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[1][2]


Earth, Wind & Fire[edit]

Born as Lawrence Dunn, he attended East High School in Denver, Colorado. During 1972 Dunn joined a new band led and founded by a Chicago musician known as Maurice White by the name of Earth, Wind & Fire. As a keyboardist Dunn played with the legendary band for the next 11 years until his departure in 1983.[3]

Dunn went on to make a guest appearance on EWF's 2013 album Now, Then & Forever.[3]

Work with other artists[edit]

Dunn coproduced Ramsey Lewis' 1977 studio LP Tequila Mockingbird. The album peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. He also coproduced Lenny White's 1978 album Streamline. The LP reached No. 27 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[4][5][3]

Dunn went on to play the keyboards on Ronnie Laws 1978 LP Flame, Hubert Laws 1979 LP Land of Passion and Dee Dee Bridgewater's 1979 album Bad for Me. He then produced with Lenny White Twennynine's 1979 LP Best of Friends. The album reached number 15 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. Dunn again coproduced with Lenny White the group's 1980 album entitled Tweennynine with Lenny White. The LP reached No. 22 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart.[6][7][3]

Dunn went on to produce Lewis' 1980 album Routes. He then played on Ronnie Laws' 1980 LP Every Generation and his 1981 album Solid Ground. He also produced Stanley Turrentine's 1981 LP Tender Togetherness, coproduced Level 42's 1983 album Standing in the Light and performed on Jennifer Holliday's 1983 LP Feel My Soul[3]

Dunn later featured on Morris Day's 1985 album Color of Success and Ronnie Laws 1986 LP Mirror Town. He then appeared on Ramsey Lewis's 1987 album Keys to the City and Ronnie Laws' 1989 LP True Spirit.[3]

He later composed on Ronnie Laws' 1991 album Identity and his 1992 LP Deep Soul. Dunn also worked as an arranger on Laws' 1995 album Brotherhood. He then played on Dean James 1997 LP Intimacy and Reel Tight's 1999 album Back to the Real. Dunn also performed on Ronnie Laws' 2000 LP Dream a Little and his 2004 album Intimacy.[3]


Year CD Label Additional info
1992 Larry Dunn Orchestra : Lover's Silhouette Another Hit Records Original, US release
1996 Larry Dunn Orchestra : Lover's Silhouette 101 South ( fusion label ) European release


  1. ^ "Larry Dunn | Songwriters Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  2. ^ Aronson, Sheryl (2017-12-01). "Larry Dunn Original Member of Earth, Wind & Fire Inducted Into The Colorado Music Hall Of Fame". The Hollywood 360. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Larry Dunn".
  4. ^ Billboard Best Selling Jazz LPs. Billboard Magazine. December 2, 1978.
  5. ^ Billboard Jazz LPs. 90. Billboard Magazine. March 11, 1978. p. 42.
  6. ^ "Twennynine Featuring Lenny White: Best of Friends".
  7. ^ "Twennynine Featuring Lenny White: Twennynine with Lenny White (Top Soul Albums)".

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