Magazine article Variety

Earth, Wind & Fire Loses Shining Star

Magazine article Variety

Earth, Wind & Fire Loses Shining Star

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Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died Feb. 3 in his Los Angeles home at the age of 74.

White's health had declined over the past few months as a result of a long battle with Parkinson's disease, which had plagued him since the early 1990s, and forced him to stop touring in the mid-'90s.

White founded the legendary funk-soul band in Chicago in the late 1960s, and served as its chief songwriter and producer, co-writing hits including "Shining Star," which reached No. 1 in 1975; "September"; and "Can't Let Go."

He shared vocal duties with lead singer Philip Bailey, and played percussion instruments. The band, which includes his brothers, Verdine and Fred, has sold more than 90 million albums, and will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 15.

Maurice White won seven Grammys and drew a total of 21 nominations. He and the group were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band was known for elaborate stage shows featuring complex dance moves and fireworks. …

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