Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has died at the age of 67.
His 71-year-old brother, Burdin White, the founder and bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire, shared the sad news on social media on Sunday.
Fred’s cause of death has not been revealed.
A band that flourished in the 1970s and 1980s and continued to tour for decades, Earth, Wind & Fire were responsible for the hits “September,” “Shining Star,” and “After the Love Is Gone.”
Earth, Wind & Fire have sold over 90 million records and are considered one of the most successful bands of all time. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
A sad farewell: Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White has passed away at the age of 67. The sad news was shared Sunday by his 71-year-old brother, Verdine White, who was the founder and bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire.on social media
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FOR HIS BROTHER: Brother Burdin shared, “Dear family friend and fan…our family today is a wonderfully talented family member beloved brother Frederic Eugene “Freddie “I am saddened by the loss of White.
“Dear family friends and fans…..our family is saddened today by the loss of a wonderfully talented family member, a beloved brother, Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White,” he said. wrote.
“He joined our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in Heaven and now he is beating the drums with the angels! Lullaby! He was the fourth brother in the family line-up,” she added.
White was called a “wonderful brother” who was “always funny, fun and mischievous”.
The rest of the love: A tribute was shared on Earth, Wind & Fire’s Instagram page on Monday
High Point: The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. seen in 1972
The note then read:
The musician added: “He will live forever in our hearts, beloved Freddie, rest in peace!! Thank you all for your love, blessings and support during this time.” Soar high baby bro, we love you to the Shining [stars] Came back! ‘
Fred was born in Chicago and started touring with a band called The Salty Peppers when he was 15. The Salty Peppers reorganized into Earth, Wind & Fire in 1974.
The band had a lot of success in the 1970s and 1980s, with one of their top songs being the up-tempo dance hit Shining Star.
Appearance: Earth, Wind & Fire are one of the most dynamic bands to emerge in the 1970s. It spawned several hits including jazz, R&B, soul, funk, disco and pop. The band was formed in Chicago in 1969 by Maurice White. saw in 1960
Lenny Kravitz posted a tribute on Instagram, writing, “My love and deepest condolences to you and your family. I know I was in his presence and his influence. Lucky for you, the true king, the rest of your power.
Earth, Wind & Fire were one of the most dynamic bands to emerge in the 1970s, with hits in jazz, R&B, soul, funk, disco and pop.
The band was founded in Chicago in 1969 by Maurice White and went by the name Salty Peppers. Their first hit was La La Time, which did not top the charts.
But he got lucky when they moved to Los Angeles, as he added Sherry Scott and Yakov Ben-Israel.
All Gathering: Here you can see the band in a promotional photo taken in the late 1970s.
Early years: His buddies started a band. From left: Laurie Dunn, Andrew, Philip Bailey (1972)
The self-titled album released in 1971 made waves, followed by the jazzy feel of The Need Of Love.
In 1972, the founders rocked the band, vocalist Helena Davis, flute and saxophonist Ronnie Lawes, rhythm guitarist Roland Bautista, keyboardist Larry Dunn, vocalist Philip Bailey, and percussionist Ralph Johnson. was added to the group. Davis was replaced by Jessica Cleves.
Andrew then stepped in to replace Laws.
The band had a new sound to pull it together.
EW&F’s fourth studio album, Head to the Sky, released in 1973, finally caught the eye.
1975 It’s the Road of the World. The single reached #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Soul Albums charts.
Over the decades, the band has morphed from a muddy electronic sound to a disco sound. Their last album was his The Classic Christmas Album in 2015.
A SAD LOSS: In April, Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk passed away at the age of 71. Sighted in the Netherlands in the 1980s.
Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk died in April at the age of 71.
As the band’s lead falsetto singer, Philip Bailey, shared on Instagram, the artist passed away after spending the past six years battling an illness.
The musician was one of the band’s original members and helped create some of the biggest hits of the 1970s.
Bailey wrote on Instagram, “I met him in high school and quickly became friends and bandmates. His name was Andrew Paul Woolfolk. We lost him today.
he was talented. The musician was one of the original members of the band and he helped create some of the biggest hits of the 1970s. seen in 1982
Friends on stage: Andrew (right), Maurice White (left), 1982
Then he said: “Funny. Competitive. Quick-witted. And usual styling. Booski… See you over there, my friend.
EW&F drummer John Paris posted on Instagram, “Rest in peace Andrew Brother. [prayer and heart emojis].’
Woolfolk also worked on hits such as Reasons, Let’s Groove, That’s the Way of the World, Sing a Song, Fantasy and After the Love Has Gone.
During his long career, Andrew also collaborated with artists Denise Williams, Phil Collins and Stanley Turrentine.
Woolfolk was away from Earth, Wind & Fire in the late ’80s, but reunited and toured with them in 2000.
More recently: (LR) Ralph Johnson, Burdin White and Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) performed at the Shoreline Amphitheater in 1999
THE BAND MUST GO ON: (LR) Berdin White and Philip Bailey of Bands Earth, Wind & Fire at Clive Davis’ 90th Birthday Celebration at Casa Cipriani in New York City on April 6, 2022 , Ralph Johnson in attendance.