Remembering Maurice White, Founding Member of Earth, Wind, & Fire
Maurice White, the founder and lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died and the music community feels the void.
White died at home in Los Angeles on February 4, 2016. He was 74.
A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960’s. The group went to sell 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.
White is also the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White. Maurice served as the band’s main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer (along with Philip Bailey). White has won seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total.