Larry Dunn was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1953. He was an essential element of the group’s success in the 1970s and early ’80s, and won six Grammy Awards. In 1987, following a four-year rest, Earth, Wind & Fire reformed, but Dunn had moved on to other endeavors. He’s an associate of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He grew up loving music and started playing keyboards in a group when he was a teen. Following the group split up, his former bandmate, vocalist Philip Bailey, moved to La and joined Earth, Wind & Fire. When that group wanted a keyboardist, Bailey urged Dunn, who moved to La and became a member in 1972.
Along with keyboards, Dunn played electric organ, piano and synthesizer for Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as for several years acted as musical director. The group started to take off after releasing Head to the Skyin 1973, scoring sound hits with all the title track and “Evil.”
The record made the No. 1 hit”Shining Star,” which Dunn given to as a songwriter.
During Earth, Wind & Fire’s heyday, which ran to the early ’80s, they released a steady group of golden and multi-platinum records, including Gratitude (1975), Spirit (1976) and I’m (1979). From the time the group made a decision to take a rest in 1983, Dunn, along with his bandmates, had won six Grammy Awards. He’d also produced and composed music for numerous side projects in this time.
Earth, Wind & Fire reformed in 1987, but Dunn failed to rejoin the group. He continued to compose and produce his own music, mainly for Japanese television advertisements and movies. In 1992, he put out his first solo album, Fan’s Silhouette (initially released in Japan, it became accessible America several years after).
Dunn did take part in a 2011 concert that observed Earth, Wind & Fire’s 40th anniversary. He also given to the group’s 2013 launch,Now, Then & Eternally.
As a part of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dunn was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.