Philip Bailey | My Life With Earth Wind & Fire
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My Life With Earth Wind & Fire

My Life With Earth Wind & Fire

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Kind words from Reese…
“During the first rehearsal I said to myself, Man, can the kid sing high—and hard. He had the classic falsetto sound of great singers of his era such as Eddie Kendricks and Damon Harris of the Temptations, Russell Thompkins Jr. of the Stylistics, and William Hart of the Delfonics. They all had sweet falsetto voices. But Phil’s falsetto displayed a coarser edge, sweet but earthy. He could scream in falsetto—hit the high register of his voice, and still have control over it. It distinguished his voice in my eye. His falsetto voice installed in EW&F a sound that was a mainstay in soul music. Having a falsetto voice in a band, as opposed to a singing group, brought a unique element to EW&F. Phil’s percussion chops only added to the pot. Phil’s presence in the band was a relief to me; I had never wanted to be the lead vocalist of EW&F.”

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