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    Posted: 05 Feb 2016 at 11:28am
The founder of soul group Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, has died in the US, his brother has said.

White, 74, died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Thursday morning. He suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

His band had a series of hits including September, Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star and After the Love has Gone.

The singer-songwriter was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1992 but his condition was reported to have got worse in recent months.

Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Popularly known by his nickname of Reese, he worked with various well-known recording artists such as The Emotions, Barbra Streisand, Cher and Neil Diamond.

"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."

The group tweeted: "Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning. The light is he, shining on you and me.


Earth, Wind & Fire

  • A nine-piece band centred around the two White brothers and singer Philip Bailey
  • The band's most successful period began with the 1975 album That's The Way of The World
  • They remained prominent in the charts for at least a decade afterwards
  • White publicly revealed he was suffering from Parkinson's at the time of the band's Hall of Fame induction
  • He stopped touring with the band in 1995 because of a combination of tiredness and health problems
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Feb 2016 at 7:32pm
If you saw EW&F live in the 70s, you were in for an incredible concert. Every show took you from earliest Africa, to modern electronica and everything in between. They had crazy jazz horn charts, best rhythm section in the business and choir like vocals. Their tour with Ramsey Lewis' late 70s fusion band was a peak for both artists. 
On album, EW&F's compositions combined jazz with art pop and soul and influenced modern harmonic approaches in jazz and pop to this day.
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Love that band.   Big, big loss.
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