(PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned Earth, Wind & Fire founder and leader Maurice White has passed away at the age of 74. White is best known for co-writing some of the groups biggest hits such as “Shining Star”, “September” and “Sing A Song”. The news of his passing was confirmed in a Facebook posting from his brother Verdine White.
Verdine wrote: “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. 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.”
Maurice White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 and the band’s soulful and upbeat tunes ruled the airwaves throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Their music was passed down from generation to generation, as it was easily relatable and spoke to an individuals soul. The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is a mosaic of genre with elements of funk, rock, jazz and blues. The musical landscape has no doubt suffered yet another irreplaceable loss.
In countless interviews White claimed that the band’s main objective was to create uplifting music and spread the message of positivity and they without a doubt succeeded. Our sincere condolences go out to Maurice White’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.