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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
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 Asso-
ciated Press yesterday.
"While the world has lost another great musician
and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respect-
ed 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
tine Fire," That s
the Way of the
World" and a
cover of the Bea-
tles "Got to Get
You Into My Life."
revealed he had
Parkinson s at the
time of the band s
Hall of Fame
induction, but he
had shown symp-
toms of the neu-
back in the 1980s.
He stopped tour-
ing with the band
in 1995 because of
the road com-
bined 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 cos-
tumes. 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.
The band performed in the movie,
"Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club
Band" and had hits with the ballad
"After the Love Has Gone," All n All,"
Let s Groove" and "Fall in Love With
Me." The band took a four-year hiatus
in the 1980s and then returned, its pri-
mary success then on the road.
"We live in a negative society," White
told Newsweek at the height of the
band s success. "Most people can t see
beauty and love. I see our music as
Earth, Wind & Fire founder
Maurice White dead at 74
"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
"We live in a negative
society," White told
Newsweek at the
height of the band's
success. "Most people
can't see beauty and
love. I see our music as
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