List of Earth, Wind & Fire band members

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Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire (2).jpg
Earth, Wind & Fire performing in 2009
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Years active1971–present
LabelsWarner Bros., ARC, Columbia, Legacy, Sanctuary
Associated actsRamsey Lewis, The Pharaohs, Charles Stepney, Phenix Horns, The Emotions, Caldera, Chicago, Deniece Williams, Toto, George Benson
Websitewww.earthwindandfire.com
MembersPhilip Bailey
Verdine White
Ralph Johnson
B. David Whitworth
Myron McKinley
John Paris
Philip Bailey, Jr.
Morris O' Connor
Serg Dimitrijevic
Past membersSee 'Past members'

The following is a list of musicians who have performed in the American R&B, soul, and funk band Earth, Wind & Fire.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba (1972–1984; 1987-present)
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals (1970–1984; 1987-present)
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals (1972-1984; 1987–present)
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals (1996–present)
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards, musical director (2001–present)
  • John Paris - drums, vocals (2001–present)
  • Philip Doron Bailey - vocals, percussion (2009–present)
  • Morris O'Connor - lead guitar, vocals (2008–present)
  • Serg Dimitrijevic - rhythm guitar, vocals (2014-present)

Former[edit]

Phenix Horns (1975-1983) / Earth, Wind & Fire Horns (1987-present)[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Gary Bias - saxophone (1987–present)
  • Reggie Young - trombone (1987–present)
  • Bobby Burns. Jr - trumpet (2004–present)

Former[edit]

Line-ups[edit]

The following is a complete chronology of the various line-ups of Earth, Wind & Fire, from the group's inception in 1971 until the present day.[1]

1970–1972 1972–1973 1973 1973–1981
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Michael Beal - guitar, harmonica
  • Leslie Drayton - trumpet
  • Wade Flemons - electric piano, vocals
  • Yackov Ben Israel - conga, percussion
  • Sherry Scott - vocals
  • Alexander Thomas - trombone
  • Chester Washington - tenor saxophone
  • Don Whitehead - acoustic/electric pianos, vocals
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Roland Bautista - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Helena Davis - vocals/Jessica Cleaves - vocals
  • Larry Dunn - keyboards, synthesizers, minimoog, musical director
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Ronnie Laws - flute, soprano/tenor saxophones
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Jessica Cleaves - vocals
  • Larry Dunn - keyboards, synthesizers, minimoog, musical director
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Johnny Graham - lead/rhythm guitar, trumpet, percussion
  • Al McKay - lead/rhythm guitar, sitar, percussion, vocals
  • Andrew Woolfolk - flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Larry Dunn - keyboards, synthesizers, minimoog, musical director
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Johnny Graham - lead/rhythm guitar, trumpet, percussion
  • Al McKay - lead/rhythm guitar, sitar, percussion, vocals
  • Andrew Woolfolk - flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Fred White - drums, percussion
1981–1982 1982–1984 1984–1987 1987–1991
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Larry Dunn - keyboards, synthesizers, minimoog, musical director
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Johnny Graham - lead/rhythm guitar, trumpet, percussion
  • Andrew Woolfolk - flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Fred White - drums, percussion
  • Roland Bautista - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Beloyd Taylor - percussion, vocals
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Larry Dunn - keyboards, synthesizers, minimoog, musical director
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Johnny Graham - lead/rhythm guitar, trumpet, percussion
  • Andrew Woolfolk - flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Fred White - drums, percussion
  • Roland Bautista - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals

Hiatus

  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Andrew Woolfolk - flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Sonny Emory - drums, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Dick Smith - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vance Taylor - keyboards
1991–1992 1992–1993 1993–1996 1996–1998
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Andrew Woolfolk - flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Sonny Emory - drums, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vance Taylor - keyboards
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Andrew Woolfolk - flute, saxophone, percussion
  • Sonny Emory - drums, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vance Taylor - keyboards, musical director
  • Fred Ravel - keyboards
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Carl Carwell - vocals
  • Sonny Emory - drums, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Fred Ravel - keyboards, musical director
  • Morris Pleasure - keyboards, bass
  • David Romero - percussion
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Carl Carwell - vocals
  • Sonny Emory - drums, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Morris Pleasure - keyboards, bass, musical director
  • David Romero - percussion
  • Mike McKnight - keyboards
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
1998–1999 1999–2001 2001–2002 2002
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Sonny Emory - drums, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Morris Pleasure - keyboards, bass, musical director
  • David Romero - percussion
  • Mike McKnight - keyboards
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Robert Brookins - keyboards
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Morris Pleasure - keyboards, bass, musical director
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Robert Brookins - keyboards
  • Gordon Campbell - drums
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Sheldon Reynolds - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Robert Brookins - keyboards, musical director
  • Bobby Gonzales - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Daniel de los Reyes - percussion
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Robert Brookins - keyboards, musical director
  • Bobby Gonzales - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Daniel de los Reyes - percussion
  • Kimberly Brewer - vocals
  • John Johnson - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
2002–2004 2004 2004–2008 2008–2012
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Robert Brookins - keyboards, musical director
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Daniel de los Reyes - percussion
  • Kimberly Brewer - vocals
  • John Johnson - lead/rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards, musical director
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Krystal Bailey - vocals
  • Kim Johnson - vocals
  • Greg "G-Mo" Moore - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vadim Zilberstein - lead guitar, vocals
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards, musical director
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Kim Johnson - vocals
  • Greg "G-Mo" Moore - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Vadim Zilberstein - lead guitar, vocals
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards, musical director
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Kim Johnson - vocals
  • Greg "G-Mo" Moore - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Philip Bailey, Jr. - vocals, percussion
  • Morris O'Connor - lead guitar, vocals
2012-2016 2016–present
  • Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards, musical director
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Philip Bailey, Jr. - vocals, percussion
  • Morris O'Connor - lead guitar, vocals
  • Serg Dimitrijevic - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Philip Bailey - vocals, conga, percussion, kalimba
  • Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals
  • Ralph Johnson - drums, percussion, vocals
  • B. David Whitworth - percussion, vocals
  • Myron McKinley - keyboards, musical director
  • John Paris - drums, vocals
  • Philip Bailey, Jr. - vocals, percussion
  • Morris O'Connor - lead guitar, vocals
  • Serg Dimitrijevic - rhythm guitar, vocals

Timeline[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Members". earthwindandfire.com.