- Gene Seymour: Music of Earth, Wind and Fire, led by Maurice White, who died this week, was ubiquitous, influential, joyful music of '70s radio
- It was state-of-the-art R&B, with staying power in decade where African-American culture, music surged into mainstream
Gene Seymour is a film critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and the Washington Post. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the writer.
(CNN)Midsummer, 1975, anywhere in America: