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and percussionist Yackov Ben Israel, both from Chicago, and then asked his younger brother Verdine how he would feel about heading out to the West Coast.

On June 6, 1970, Verdine left Chicago to join the band as their new bassist.

Cavallo's management of John Sebastian led to a series of gigs as the opening act for the pop/folk singer and The Lovin' Spoonful founder.

A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then the President of Columbia Records.

Davis was very impressed with the band's performance and bought their contract from Warner Bros.