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Ohio Players

So, several people have emailed me asking if I’m okay. Yes, I’m fine. I have decided to stay out of this election. Basically, everyone has decided who they are going to vote for already. Nothing that I can say,or type, will change anyone’s mind. CNN just interviewed several female Trump supporters. One of them said that he is a good man. Another said that she will still vote for Trump, despite the recently released information regarding Trump’s treatment of women. Yet another one of these female supporters said that she didn’t understand why the media wasn’t talking about Hillary and Benghazi. (Benghazi? Really??? Hasn’t that subject been investigated to death? What more can be said? Maybe she wants the media to simply replay old clips, a rendition of their greatest hits.)

So for me, I’m going back in the old stacks and pulling out –

Artist: Ohio Players
Tune: Skin Tight

This is the tune that really broke it open for the Ohio Players. This tune got a lot of play on the RnB stations. Their next album featured their signature hit – “Fire.” (Don’t tell anybody, but I’m old enough to have bought that album!!)

The Great Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire has died

There were few groups who enjoyed the success of Earth, Wind and Fire. Maurice White was the force behind the group. For about a 5 – 7 year period, Earth, Wind and Fire were the best in the land. Their concerts were legendary. Their sound was uniquely soulful. Their horn section was the best.

From Rolling Stone:

Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. A rep for the band confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone. He was 74.

The singer had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1992, according to TMZ. His health had reportedly deteriorated in recent months. Because of the disease, he had not toured with the pioneering soul and R&B group since 1994. He nevertheless remained active on the business side of the group.

“My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” White’s brother and bandmate Verdine wrote in a statement. “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

“The light is he, shining on you and me,” the band added on Twitter.

White, who formed the group with Verdine in 1969, helped innovate a lush, eclectic style with Earth, Wind and Fire that drew inspiration from funk, jazz, R&B and Latin music – as well as Sly Stone and James Brown – for a unique sound that set the tone for soul music in the Seventies. The springy, elastic soul-pop of “Shining Star,” which White co-wrote, earned them their first Number One, and paved the way for hits like the joyful “Sing a Song,” the percussive and brassy “September,” their swinging cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life” and the robotic disco of “Let’s Groove.” Rolling Stone included the group’s sweetly smooth 1975 single, “That’s the Way of the World,” on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. (more…)

Here are my top 5 EWF tunes:

#5 – After the Love was Gone

#4 – Reasons

#3 – Sing a Song

#2 – Shining Star

#1 – Got to Get You into My Life