Maurice White, Founder Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies At Age 74
According to the Associated Press, on Thursday, Feb. 4, Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died. The singer was 74 years old. TMZ reports that the soul singer passed away in his sleep Thursday morning and had been battling Parkinson's disease. In addition, the publication reports that Parkinson's was what led White to stop touring with the band in 1994.
White formed Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 (the band was originally called the Salty Peppers). The band was wildly successful throughout the '70s and early '80s, winning an impressive six Grammys. They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
If you think you don't know the band yourself — maybe because you were born long after their heyday — guess again. There's a good chance you've heard many of their hits or even played one of them in your middle school band on clarinet (no? Just me?). Earth, Wind & Fire's hits include "September," "Boogie Wonderland," "Let's Groove," "Shining Star," and many other songs that are impossible not to dance to.
To familiarize (or re-familiarize, come on, you know these songs!) yourself with the band, check out the videos below and bask in White's talent and amazing ability to make you groove.