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Rest In Peace Earth Wind And Fire Founder, Maurice White

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It breaks our heart to learn that founding member of Earth Wind And Fire, Maurice White died in his sleep on Thursday morning (February 4, 2016). He was 74 years old. White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the late 1980x, which forced him to stop touring with the band in 1994. His band acknowledged his passing in a message released on their Twitter account.

 

Maurice was with the band as the co-lead singer when they enjoyed huge success in the 1970s and early 1980s with a string of hits like, “Shining Star,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland”, “Sing A Song”, “Let’s Groove”” and “After the Love Has Gone “ just to name a few. Despite having to stop touring in the 90s, Maurice continued to be the driving force behind the band. He remained the Earth Wind And Fire bandleader, their primary producer, and maintained executive control over the band’s direction through the majority of their album releases. Away from Earth Wind And Fire, Maurice White proved to be an in demand record producer for other artists as well. He became known for helping The Emotions with a comeback during their years with Columbia Records. He also is known for working with artists like Denise Williams, Minnie Riperton, Barbra Streisand, Atlantic Starr, Barry Manilow, Neli Diamond, and Cher.

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Earth Wind And Fire formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 under Maurice’s leadership, they have won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards throughout their career. They became one of the most influential bands of all time with 21 studio albums in their discography. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Rolling Stone Magazine has described their impact by calling them “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and has also credited their unmistakable blend of elements of African music, Latin music, funk, soul, jazz, pop, rock, as a sound that “changed the sound of black pop”. As a result of that impact, Earth Wind And Fire was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000. With that said, it is safe to say that Maurice White’s legacy will continue to be celebrated as millions will continue to grow up on his music for generations to come. Rest in peace, Maurice White.