Drummer, singer, songwriter, producer Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Drummer ~ Singer ~ Songwriter
Earth, Wind & Fire

Maurice White

December 19, 1941, Memphis, TN ~ February 4, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

Singer, drummer, songwriter, producer Maurice White founded the '70s supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire. White, a former session drummer for legendary Chicago-based labels OKeh Records and Chess Records (Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Ramsey Lewis, Sonny Stitt's 1966 LP Soul In The Night, the Radiants, among others), aspired to form a band like no other pop music had ever known. It certainly was successful, as Earth, Wind & Fire combined high-caliber musicianship, a wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism that included Biblical references. ~ Allmusic: Maurice White ~ retrieved December 16, 2013 © Allmusic

White, who began his career as a jazz drummer, played various percussion instruments with Earth, Wind & Fire as well as the African thumb piano, or kalimba, which became an essential element of the group’s sound. He shared lead vocals with Philip Bailey, wrote or co-wrote some of the group’s biggest hits, and produced many of its records. ~ New York Times: Maurice White Obituary ~ February 5, 2016 © New York Times

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December 19, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Wreckx-N-Effect, Rump Shaker ~ #2 (2) Shai, If I Ever Fall In Love ~ #1 (1) Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You


Maurice White ~ Inducted in the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and commercially invincible contemporary pop/R&B music forces of the 20th century. Members Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay are known for their signature sound of fusing pop, R&B, rock, latin, funk, jazz and African music to win numerous awards. ~ 2010 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Fontella Bass ~ Rescue Me (Smith/Miner) ~ Ranked #111 NME 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ The definitive slice of rhythm and blues ardour that set the tone for late-60s Motown and R&B at “pained elation.” ~ 2014 © NME

Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire took the world of pop music by storm in the mid-1970s with their infectious blend of rhythm and blues, rock, and soul - a sound destined to be imitated by many groups, but never successfully duplicated by any other. From the start, Earth, Wind and Fire appealed to a widely diverse audience; as one of the first black rock/soul groups to cross over to a white audience, they paved the way for the entire rhythm and blues/pop crossover phenomenon of the late 1970s and the 1980s. ~ Musicianguide: Earth, Wind & Fire ~ retrieved July 23, 2013 © Musicianguide

Earth, Wind & Fire ~ Inducted in the 2000 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Earth, Wind and Fire drew from various streams of black music, synthesizing soul, funk, R&B, pop, gospel and African styles into a polished, precision-tooled approach. During the latter half of the Seventies, the band issued a string of albums that changed the face of black popular music, linking thrilling music with uplifting messages of racial pride, African consciousness and spiritual unity. ~ 2000 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Earth, Wind & Fire ~ That's The Way Of The World (1975) ~ Ranked #290 DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

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