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    Maria Puente, USA TODAY 6 p.m. EST February 4, 2016
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    Maurice White, the founder and leader of the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 74.
    White died at home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, his brother, group bassist Verdine White, told the Associated Press.
    In 2000, just before EW&F was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, White disclosed to Rolling Stone that he had Parkinson's disease. He was then 58 and had been diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease eight years before but opted to keep it secret.
    White announced in 1995 that he would no longer tour or perform with the group, leading to speculation about his health. But he remained active as a producer and songwriter.


    "I just got tired of not talking about it," White told Rolling Stone. "I had pretty much disappeared from the scene; a lot of people had not seen me in a long time, and they started wondering what was happening."
    A former session drummer who studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1960s, taking the name from his astrological chart, which had no water signs.
    Known for his inventive style, White guided the group's blend of jazz, R&B, funk, soul, pop and even African sounds.
    The group went on to sell more than 90 million albums worldwide, displaying a flashy and eclectic musical style that incorporated his influences from growing up in Memphis, Tenn., and working at the influential Chicago music labels Chess and Okeh.
    The band's many hits included September, Shining Star, a cover of the Beatles' Got to Get You into My Life and Boogie Wonderland.
    Earth, Wind & Fire won six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
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    man, his band was the shit, rocking worlds. I love on seinfeld when shining star is playing and elaine gets up to dance her pointing thumbs and kick dance.

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    If my mother were alive she would be devastated. I loved them too. RIP.
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    One of the best. I love their music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panic View Post
    man, his band was the shit, rocking worlds.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twICykaRRvY

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    It's strange that I was thinking about him recently while watching Earth, Wind , & Fire perform the New Year event in Miami.
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    Talk about the soundtrack of my life. I loved these guys. Poor Maurice, I didn't even know he was sick.
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    Damn, I didn't know he was sick. RIP...I constantly heard their songs on my parents' stereo growing up
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    EWF has a permanent place on my iPod.

    That's the Way of the World is one of my calm-down songs.

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    Rest in Peace Maurice White.

    My thoughts are with your family and friends.

    My fave E,W&F song.


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    You cannot stay still to this song


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    I loved his smooth voice, probably better than Philip Bailey's falsetto (which wasn't consistently good live). R.I.P. Maurice White.
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    I so love EW&F. No way can you hear one of their songs come on and not want to dance.

    You're a shining star
    No matter who you are
    Shining bright to see
    What you could truly be (what you could truly be)

    RIP Maurice.
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    So sad. Prayers and peace to his family. Thanks for sharing your gift, Maurice.

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    I always loved and even more now appreciate how they strive to up lift with their music. Rest in peace, indeed.
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