Earth, Wind & Fire

Let's Groove

Composed by Maurice White / Wayne Vaughn

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Earth, Wind & Fire leader Maurice White was publicly upset about what he perceived as a lack of promotion of the band's 1980 gold double-album Faces by Columbia Records. Those at the label probably wanted the band to continue in the pop-oriented sound found on their double-platinum album I Am. In order to win the label's attention again, White had to do some revamping. He brought in guitarist Roland Bautista and began co-writing, with Emotions member Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, a song that reflected the then-emerging electronic sound of the '80s. Not to be confused with the same-named hit by Archie Bell & the Drells, "Let's Groove" certainly was a change. Starting off with a robotic-sounding vocoder riff, it served up a more gritty-sounding EWF for the '80s, laced with Brecker Brothers-supplied horn blasts that rival those of EWF's 1976 gold single "Getaway." The million-selling "Let's Groove" went gold, holding the number one R&B spot for eight weeks and peaking at number three pop in late 1981. The double-platinum album Raise! parked at number one R&B for 11 weeks, making it to number five pop and included the Top 20 R&B/pop charting single "I Wanna Be With You."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sing a Song 1977 IMG / Int'l Marketing Grp 5:36
Raise! 1981 Sony Music Distribution / Sony/CBS
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Continental
The Collection [K-Tel] 1986 K-Tel Distribution 5:38
Rock of the '80s 1987
Various Artists
Columbia
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 2 1988 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:55
No Image 1992 Sony Music
Breakaway 1992
Various Artists
Teledisc 5:40
Summer in the City, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Columbia 5:36
Touch My Soul, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
BMG 5:36
Club Epic, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Epic / Sony Music Distribution 5:32
Blame It on the Boogie 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:31
Read the Hits/Best of the 80's 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:37
Classic 80's Groove Mastercuts, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Beechwood Music / Flute Distribution
Let's Groove [Sony] 1995 Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 5:38
Dance Trax 1995 CBS Records 5:38
Dance Tracks 1995 TriStar Music 6:46
Living in the '80s 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:36
Superfunk: The Funkiest Album in the World...Ever! 1995
Various Artists
Virgin
BET 15th Anniversary Music Collection 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
Gold, Vol. 2 1996 TriStar Music 4:03
80's Dance Party [Sony] 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:38
The 80's: Funky Love 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:07
Let's Groove [Sony Bonus Tracks] 1996 MSI Music Distribution / Columbia 5:33
Greatest Hits Live 1996 Pyramid Records / Rhino 3:10
Disco Mix 96 1996
Various Artists
WEA International
Roaring Rock 1996
Various Artists
Esso 3:31
Old Skool Reunion 1997
Various Artists
Global TV
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:39
DJ Boogie Mix 1998
Various Artists
Beast Records 4:58
DJ Mix: 25 Years of Dance 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution
Sports Rock & Jams, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 4:02
Plugged In and Live 1998 Kalimba 3:46
Kentucky Wildcats - Hits From The Hardwood, Vol.1 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 5:31
The Waterboy 1998
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 5:38
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams [Box] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:02
Greatest Hits [Legacy] 1998 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
Solid Gold Soul: Early '80's 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:09
Live in Japan [Video] 1999 Eagle Rock 6:25
I Love Disco, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Import 5:34
No Image 2000 Telstar
I Want My DVD, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Music Video Distribution
Definitive Collection 2000 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 5:36
Soul Hits of the 80's [Sony 2000] 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:37
Vancouver Grizzlies: Welcome to Bear Country 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 5:35
Blues & Soul, Vol. 7: 1980-1981 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur / Connoisseur Collection 3:31
Earth Wind & Fire: The Collection 2001 Sony Music 5:35
The Ultimate Hits of the 80's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 5:37
Typisch Tachtig! 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:00
Live by Request 2002 Smv
Big Hits and Remixes 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:17
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 5:37
The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire 2002 Sony Music 5:36
The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [Special Music] 2002 Special Music 6:04
'80s Groove Sessions 2002
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:32
Soul Source: Earth Wind & Fire Remixes 2002 Sony Music Distribution
Winter Explosion!!! 2002
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 4:02
Old School Jams, Vol. 4 2003
Various Artists
SPG
Soul Funk 80s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:36
Sex Cells 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
September 2003 Columbia
Elite '80s 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:32
Getaway: Greatest Hits 2003 Sony Music Distribution
Let's Groove [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 5:38
Atomic Funk 2003
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:56
Let's Groove [Platinum Disc] 2003 Platinum Disc 5:38
'70s Soul Music for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 5:36
Great Earth, Wind & Fire 2003 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 5:33
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Funk 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 5:37
Let's Groove [Sony] 2003
Various Artists
Dmg Tv 3:30
Premium Best 2004 Sony Music Entertainment
More Platinum Disco 2004
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
Flares: Feel Good Funk 'N' Disco 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:30
Decadance '80s Groove: The Reunion 2004
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK) 5:34
Mr. 3000 2004
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 5:36
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Live at Montreux 1997 2004 Eagle Records / Eagle Vision
Funk Soul Anthems 2005
Various Artists
BMG 4:03
80's Navi 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
The Collection [DVD] 2005 CMV
Essential Soul: Nitelife 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:36
No Image 2005 Sony Music Distribution
Old School Cruzin' with Earth, Wind & Fire 2005 Thump Records 5:38
Le Plus Beau Jour 2005
Various Artists
GMM Records 5:37
Cruizin' TV Presents... [3 CD] 2006
Various Artists
Thump Records 5:38
Live Experience - Greatest Hits 2006 Music Brokers 4:40
Feel Good Songs [Virgin] 2006
Various Artists
Virgin
School Reunion Party 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best of Earth, Wind and Fire [MTG] 2007 MTG Productions
Body and Soul: Funky Love 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:39
Forever Pop 80er 2007
Various Artists
Ar-Express / Sony BMG 4:03
No. 1 Disco Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:33
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal
100 Hits: Disco 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:32
Funk It Up and Dance 2007
Various Artists
Hudson Street
Top Hits of the 80's: Groovin' Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 5:37
Live in Tokyo 2007 Immortal 3:49
No Image 2008 Flashback / SOI
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Ultimate 2008 Sony BMG
Flashback Hitmix 2008
Various Artists
Cloud Nine Records / Cloud 9 Holland / Masterpiece Classic 3:04
Playlist: The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire 2008 Columbia / Legacy 5:34
Gold: Greatest Hits of the 80s 2008
Various Artists
sbc / Sony Music Entertainment 4:04
Ultimate 80s Collection [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 5:37
Live in Japan 2008 Eagle Rock
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:07
Super Hits, Vol. 2 2009 Sony Music Distribution / Sony BMG
The Pop Years: 1980-1981 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:32
100 Hits: 80s Dance 2009
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 3:32
The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire 2009 Columbia / Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 5:37
The Best Year of My Life: 1981 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
Top of the Pops: Eighties Pop 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:00
More 80's 100 Hits 2009
Various Artists
Demon Records / 100 Hits 5:34
Raise!/Powerlight 2010 Beat Goes On 5:38
Essential: Summer Breeze 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:04
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:32
The Greatest Hits 2010 Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 5:37
Ministry of Sound: 80s Groove -- Old Skool Funk Soul Classics 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:02
Work It Out! [Sony] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
Loose Women: Girls' Night Out 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:02
Pure... 80s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:04
The Columbia Masters 2011 Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 5:39
No Image 2012 Access All Areas
Stars 80: La Compilation 2012
Various Artists
TF1 Musique / Universal 4:01
Générations Funk 2013
Various Artists
EMI 4:36
S.O.U.L. 2013 Sony Music Entertainment 5:40
Heart 80s Club Classics 2013
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:31
Pure... '80s Soul Grooves 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:01
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:09
Now That's What I Call 80s Dance 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:01
100 Hits: 80s Weekender 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:30
Party Starters 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:02
The Box Set Series 2014 Legacy 5:37
The 80s, Pt. 2 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:56
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:35
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:32
100 Hits: Funk 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:32
100 Hits 80s Dance [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100 Hits: Disco [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
1981: A Time To Remember the Classic Years
Various Artists
The CD Card Company / Sony BMG 5:38
No Image Timeless 5:39
Complete Funk, Vol. 1
Various Artists
DMC
Ferry Maat's Soul Show Top 100, Vol 2
Various Artists
PTG 3:40
Hits for Kids: Pop Party, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Joint Venture
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 5:33
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 5:34
No Image
Various Artists
BMG / Telstar TV Records
The  Great British Bake-Off: Songs from the Bake-Off Tent
Various Artists
Silva Screen
The  Masters Series: 80's Soul, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Camden
The  Ultimate Funk [EMI]
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Ultimate Office Party!
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:04
Ultimate... 80s
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:04
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
We Call It 80's: 100 Songs To Remember
Various Artists
Fresca / Smith & Co. 3:32
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment
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