Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire has died

Aug 31, 2009
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

By The Associated Press February 4, 2016 5:41 pm

Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died.

White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74.

A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960s. The group sold more than 90 million albums worldwide, displaying a flashy and eclectic musical style that incorporated his influences from growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, and at the influential Chicago music labels Chess and Okeh.

The band’s many hits included “September,” ”Shining Star,” a cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You into My Life” and “Boogie Wonderland.”

Earth, Wind & Fire won six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.


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Aug 31, 2009
TMZ reports

Maurice died in L.A. after a long battle with Parkinson's. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring with the band 1994.

The band had a string of hits, including "Shining Star," "September," "Boogie Wonderland," and "After the Love has Gone."

In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Maurice's brother, Verdine, is also a band member.

Although Maurice wasn't touring, he remained involved in the decisions regarding the band.

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Dec 30, 2007
I saw them in concert a few years ago with my teenage children, I was in my lare 40 early 50s, the people in fron of us were in their 60s, 70s even 80s. Who else gets that kibd of crowd?