Entertainment Founder of Earth, Wind and Fire Dead (Maurice White)

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

    White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

    "My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."

    Earth, Wind & Fire, a nine-piece band centered featuring the two White brothers, singer Philip Bailey and the distinctive horn section, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band's most successful period started with the 1975 album "That's The Way of The World" and continued through the rest of the decade. Other hits included "Serpentine Fire," ''That's the Way of the World" and a cover of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life."

    White publicly revealed he had Parkinson's at the time of the band's Hall of Fame induction, but he had shown symptoms of the neurological disease back in the 1980s. He stopped touring with the band in 1995 because of weariness from the road combined with his health problems.

    White said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2000 that he wanted the band's music to inspire instead of just entertain.

    "That was the whole objective, to try to inspire young people to believe in themselves and to follow through on their ideas," he said. "We've touched so many people with these songs."

    A former session drummer, White founded the band Salty Peppers in the Chicago area in the late 1960s and had some modest success in the Midwest. After relocating to Los Angeles and ditching all of the band members except Verdine, he renamed the outfit Earth, Wind & Fire after the three elements in his astrological chart.

    Bailey's bright falsetto defined many of Earth, Wind & Fire's hits. "We experienced pure magic together," Bailey said during the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, standing next to White.

    The band's early sound was jazzy, but evolved into an exuberant, horn-driven mix of jazz, funk, gospel and Big Band music. Their appeal wasn't just on records but on stage, their concerts a whirl of dancing, fog machines, multi-colored lights and glittery costumes. Earth, Wind & Fire performed everywhere from the Super Bowl to the White House.

    Maurice White also had a substantial side career producing other artists, including Barbra Streisand and Cher. In the 1970s, he co-wrote and co-produced the Emotions' No. 1 hit "Best of My Love."

    White was born in Memphis in 1941, the son of a doctor and grandson of a New Orleans piano player. He showed musical gifts at an early age, studying at the Chicago Conservancy. During the 1960s, he backed Muddy Waters, the Impressions and others and worked as a session drummer in Chicago.
     
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    Maurice White, the founder and leader of the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74.

    White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, his brother, group bassist Verdine White, told the Associated Press.

    In 2000, just before EW&F was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, White disclosed to Rolling Stone that he had Parkinson's disease. He was then 58 and had been diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease eight years before but opted to keep it secret.
     
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    The singers of the 70's are dropping rapidly.

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    Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dead at 74
    BY ETHAN SACKS
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:48 PM

    Singer Maurice White, whose velvety smooth voice and songwriting flair powered Earth Wind & Fire, died Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 74. The soul singer died in his sleep in his Los Angeles, the gossip site TMZ first reported.

    The illness kept White from touring with the genre-spanning group since 1994, though his presence could be felt through his younger brother, Verdine, who remains with the band.

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    well that sucks :rip:
     
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    Outstanding band. Will be missed.

     
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    RIP. Overrated? Too soon? image.jpeg
     
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    Yes. Is that your brother? Sheesh, he's a good lookin' kid....
     
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    Earth Wind and Fire were huge when I was growing up.
    RIP Maurice.
     
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    RIP. Great band.
     
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    Geezus Chriminy. Another music man.

    EW&F Great RB band. Music still holds up.
     
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    Wow that's sad. Amazing music.
     
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    That sucks. He was my client. I didn't meet him but I worked with his business reps. A very talented guy. Not only a great performer, also a great songwriter.
     
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    When he did "Easy Lover" with Phil Collins...I remember that song as if it were yesterday.

    Good night music man. :sadbye:
     
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    I was JUST dancing to this.
     
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    That whole era of music was phenomenal. Musicality in rock music hit its high point around 1975, with jazz and funk demanding players who actually understood music theory and how to play the instruments. EW&F is right there at the top. Polished, but unbelievably tight and talented.
     
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    They're getting to an age where they will be dropping like flies. There goes a big part of my youth.
     
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    Love EW&F rip

     
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    Is everyone going to run out and buy their albums like they did with Bowie ?