If Phillip Bailey was the voice of Earth, Wind, and Fire, then Maurice White was its face.
The sunshine-faced and founder of the wildly successful group, who’d gone on to sell over 90 million records, died at 74 (presumably of complications of Parkinson’s).
Group member Verdine White posted to his Facebook page yesterday:
“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.”
While Maurice may be gone to glory, the music lives on; leaving many with its intention: songs embodying all things metaphysical and spiritual about love, life, and elements of nature—hence the band’s name: Earth, Wind, and Fire; who through that very formula, was hard to categorize as “pop,” “R&B,” “funk,” or “rock.”
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Down to the earth, wind, and fire, their music universally did just what music is supposed to do: make you