Maurice White, the founder member of musical group, Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74.
White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, confirmed his brother, Verdine White.
A former session drummer, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960s. The group went 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. h/t abc7
Our thoughts and prayers go out to White’s family and friends at this difficult time.