Sunday, November 15, 2009

Obama's Favourite 'Earth Wind Fire' In Singapore

The US President, Mr Barack Obama is here in Singapore and in three weeks time Earth, Wind And Fire will be here too. And the connection?

There are a few but this particular group performed at the White House on February 22, 2009 at the Governors' Dinner which was the first formal White House dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Quite a haul for little red dot Singapore. And for 60s music too because this group has been a hit since they started in the late 60s. With ten Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards.

They have been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Having sold over 90 million albums worldwide has earned them a place on the list of best-selling music artists, where they are ranked as the seventh best selling American band of all time.
Images: Both from (Earth, Wind & Fire in Chile,Viña 2008)

Reference: Wikipedia.
Images: Google sites.
Original article: Andy Lim Collection.


BC Teoh said...

I remember that they had a very popular song named "Let's Groove" in the early 80s. This song was very popular in Singapore in the early 80s.

When I lived in Singapore in the late 80s, my housemate even bought a CD of Earth Wind and Fire.

Andy Young* said...

Yes, BC and it's got the same funky beat with the words, 'boogie night' interspersed in the lyrics like "Boogie Wonderland".

Great group that links 60s music with the 70s and 80s.


Andy Young* said...

To realise that 60s musicians are still performing at concerts is incredible. These include stars like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Chuck Berry, etc.

Not many of our own local 60s bands are still active. Why?

BC Teoh said...

The key factor is the audience.

For those audience who enjoy 60s music. The westeners are enjoying their lives by going to concerts of their 60s'idols whereas the locals are busy accumulating wealth for themselves and their children. Am I right?

Andy Young* said...

Absolutely right BC. And many senior Singaporeans are not visiting and enjoying themselves at night spots because these places are too expensive.

Also our Singapore musicians are not active because they find it extrememly difficult to earn a living playing at nightspots so they would rather be tutors and music teachers at schools and community clubs.

We are losing them as entertainers. It's a classic Catch-22 situation.