Wax Poetics Issue #47
Born from a thought and willed into being by one man, Earth, Wind & Fire became one of the biggest acts of the 1970s.
Ramsey Lewis always operated in the popular realm, even making people dance with his 1965 hit record “The ‘In’ Crowd,” which epitomized the soul-jazz sound.
Roy C has written hits and cult classics, fought heads of labels and state. But he’s not just another R&B songwriter.
Lamont Dozier was a natural-born hitmaker.
Before finding international success and stardom with a string of well-known radio hits, Billy Ocean grinded on the U.K. circuit for well over a decade.
Bobby Womack is a thread that runs through soul music.
Solomon Burke was born in the church—literally. So when he got his shot at Atlantic Records, he tried to reject Jerry Wexler’s notion of secular rhythm and blues, aiming to stick to his roots and make “soul” music.
Earth, Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Roy C, Lamont Dozier, Billy Ocean, Solomon Burke, Bobby Womack, Dennis Coffey, Cool Chris, David Lee, The Bo-Keys, The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Brief Encounter, Melvin Sparks, Marcia Griffiths, The Marvelettes, Ruth Copeland, The Notations, Terry Callier, and Analog Out