Looking through the all-important Blues and Soul magazines from decades past it was interesting to see the reaction from Earth Wind and Fires Maurice White to the groups break through pop chart track in the UK.
I have included the interview in which he talks about Charles Stepney. The influence and talents of Charles as producer, songwriter, and keyboard player should not be under estimated.
Before writing and production work with Maurice on Earth Wind and Fire albums, they had worked together at Chess Records. Charles had huge success with The Dells, Ramsey Lewis, Minnie Ripperton and made three fantastic albums with Terry Callier.
Among writing contributions to EWF were That’s The Way Of The World and Reasons. He had a heart attack and died aged just 45
Biggest EWF UK chart hit was September, which reached number 3 in 1978.