Maurice White

Maurice White

Birth
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Death 3 Feb 2016 (aged 74)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 157811711 · View Source
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Rhythm and Blues Musician. He was a founding member of the Rhythm and Blues and Funk band "Earth, Wind and Fire." After studying at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, he gained experienced as a session drummer with Chess Records. He performed with jazz musician Ramsey Lewis, prior to forming his own group the "Salty Peppers." White relocated to Los Angeles and renamed the band "Earth, Wind and Fire" which included his younger brother Verdine on bass, Philip Bailey on vocals, Larry Dunn on keyboards and Al McKay on guitar. After signing with Columbia Records, they scored a Top-30 hit with "Mighty Mighty" (1974), followed by "Shining Star" (number one in 1975), "That's the Way of the World" (1975), "Sing A Song" (1975), "Getaway" (1976), "Serpentine Fire" (1977), their cover of The Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life" (1978), "September" (1978), "Boogie Wonderland" (1979), "After the Love Has Gone" (1979) and "Let's Grove" (1981). White's voice was in perfect contrast to Bailey's high vocal range which gave the group their unique style. "Earth, Wind and Fire" were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. White retired as a performer after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 4 Feb 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 157811711
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice White (19 Dec 1941–3 Feb 2016), Find a Grave Memorial no. 157811711, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.