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Fred White, Earth, Wind & Fire Drummer, Passes Away At 67

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Fred White

Fred White

Legendary drummer for the well-known US band Earth, Wind & Fire, Fred White, has departed for his heavenly home. He was 67. His brother posted the depressing news on social media on Monday. “Child protege, a part of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, and a 16-year-old” with gold records! The elder brother of White wrote.

“Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member,” another White’s brother, Verdine, said in an Instagram post. White, a 1955 Chicago native, started playing the drums at a young age and won six Grammy Awards with the funk band that his late brother, Maurice White, formed in 1969.

In the 1970s, Earth, Wind & Fire gained popularity swiftly and was one of the first artists to breach the color barrier in popular music. They were beloved by the African American community while also gaining white fans. The group was the first Black group to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York in 1979. The band received praise for their music and energetic live performances, including a kalimba, an African percussion instrument played by plucking metal tines and led by a mighty horn section.

After the election of former president Barack Obama, who had the band perform as one of the first entertainers when he took office in 2009, Earth, Wind & Fire saw some of their popularity return, if not a complete comeback. A video of White playing a drum solo at a 1979 concert in Germany was uploaded to the band’s official Instagram page. The collective wrote, “Rest in love.”

Later, he collaborated with other musicians, such as soul singer Deniece Williams. White was admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 as Earth, Wind, and Fire member.

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