An already difficult year in popular music has just taken another massive blow. Maurice White, vocalist and founder of the immortal Earth, Wind, And Fire, has passed away at the age of 74. According to multiple reports, the soul legend was found dead in his home in Los Angeles, Thursday, by his immediate family. TMZ adds that White had long been in a battle with Parkinson’s Disease since the 1990s, but only in recent months did his health deteriorate to a critical degree.
White, who shared vocal duties with Phillip Bailey, was a founding member of the seminal R&B group starting in the 1970s who blended multiple styles like soul, funk, jazz, big band, world, and many more. His group created countless hits such as “September,” “Let’s Groove,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Shining Star,” “Fantasy,” and so many more. Earth, Wind, And Fire were best known for their members by the dozen, flashy style, and most importantly, incredibly soulful songs that have endured for decades, not only by remaining in airplay on the radio and in commercial spaces, but also being reborn via sampling for generations to come.
Earth, Wind, And Fire were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000 and White entered the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2010.
The writer, producer, singer and innovator will truly be missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest In Peace.