Earth, Wind & Much Less Fire

Maurice White, founder of the phenomenal Earth, Wind & Fire, died peacefully in his sleep last night after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Maurice White

Photo. Getty.

He was 74.

They were a unique talent, and hard to define when they arrived on the scene in the late 1960’s.

Part funk, rock, jazz, disco, and always rhythm and blues, this 9 piece band of “Shining Stars” graced us with so many hits.

Here he sings lead in one of my favorites, September.

Rest in peace.



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44 Responses to Earth, Wind & Much Less Fire

  1. The V-Pub says:

    So sad, Van. Another one that 2016 has claimed. September is a great song, as are so many of their catalog. I love “That’s the way of the world”.

  2. Erika Kind says:

    Oh, I did not know! Earth Wind and Fire were great!

  3. George says:

    They had such a cool funky sound and this was always one of my favorites. It’s hard not to want to move hearing it. Another one gone. RIP.

  4. wgr56 says:

    Man, when’s it gonna stop?

  5. Erica Herd says:

    One of my favorites too. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  6. Another legend, Van. This year has been tough on the music heroes of my youth.

  7. I had not heard this news. I introduced my kids to Earth, Wind & Fire a few years ago and now they are a staple of any of our boogie sessions.

  8. Judy Martin says:

    Very sad loss Van. I loved this group, so bright and colourful, great music and some great moves too!

  9. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Oh wow, this is just continuing into February, all these great rock and rollers dying!! I think I have all their music, Van. I LOVE this band!!! ❤

  10. One of my favorite groups in my younger years and his death prompted me to go to ITunes download their album, Greatest Hits.

  11. Norah says:

    I do remember. It’s a good song. Sad times. We have lost a few from the ranks recently. I guess the numbers will start to fall as we all move higher up in years.

  12. TanGental says:

    Dammit, is no band safe? What with the celestial cull?

  13. I was so sad to hear this! They are my favorites and bring back such memories! Such talent!

  14. Nurse Kelly says:

    Not another one! Your blog is becoming like an obituary column, Van! LOL! My mom loved that band – that video brought back happy memories. They sure were a colorful group of musicians with many hits. I will have to ask my mom if she knows he passed away. Very sad.

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