Ex-member of Earth, Wind & Fire, Louis Satterfield died on the 27th of September 2004 in Chicago. He was 67. Louis was a fine bassist and trombonist and recently had been touring with Cash McCall.
Louis had been involved with a court battle, recently, involving Phil Collins regarding a Court Suit, along with Rahmlee Davis, regarding a live album and alleged royalties dating back to 1990.
He told the judge he had been living on state benefits since the royalties ended, while Rahmlee Davis, from California, said he had to pawn his musical equipment and instruments. Louis was a former member of the group the Pharaohs.
One of the bands, the Jazzmen, was formed in the early '60's around trumpeter Charles Handy, trombone player Louis, and alto Don Myrick.
By the time of the Pharaohs' 1971 recording debut, 'Awakening', the group included Handy, Myrick, and Satterfield plus Big Willie Woods on trombone, Oye Bisi and Shango Njoko Adefumi on African drums, Yehudah Ben Israel on guitar and vocals, Alious Watkins on trap drums, Derf Reklaw-Raheem on percussion and flute, and Aaron Dodd on tuba.
Louis had often contributed to sessions at Chicago's Chess studios, so when Maurice White recorded a demo for a new band he wanted to form, Louis appeared on it.
Maurices' group were later to become Earth, Wind & Fire and his group were eventually officially hired by White as the Phenix Horns, with the addition of Pharaohs Yehudah Ben Israel and Rahm Lee, plus Michael Harris.
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