Fred White, a veteran drummer, died on January 1 at the age of 67. He rose to fame as a member of the American rock band Earth Wind and Fire. Verdine White, Fred’s brother and a member of the band, expressed his grief posting several pictures on Instagram and commenting that the family couldn’t stand their terrible loss. He said that Fred is now in heaven with Maurice, Monte and Ronaldo.
“Child prodigy, member of EWF ORIGINAL 9, with a gold record at the age of 16!” He is the fourth child in the family. But more than that, he’s a lovable brother, always funny and deliciously playful at home and everywhere else!”
Verdine goes on to say that Fred White is one of those people who can turn a bad situation into a good one. He ended his statement by saying that the late drummer “will stay [their] hearts forever” and thanked him for his “love, blessings and support” throughout the years.
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Fred White became famous as a member of Earth, Wind and Fire.
Fred White is one of the founders of Earth, Wind & Fire. Since its inception, the band has undergone many lineup changes and replacements. Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, B. David Whitworth, Myron McKinley, John Paris, Philip Doron Bailey, Morris O’Connor and Serg Dimitrijevic are among the current members.
The band’s first album, Earth, Wind & Fire, was released in February 1971 and peaked at number 24 on Billboard’s Top Soul Albums chart. It had seven hits and received an excellent response from reviewers worldwide. In November 1971, they released their second album, The Need for Love. Last Days and Time, the band’s next album, was released on Columbia Records. They continued their great path with albums like Head to the Sky, Open Our Eyes, Another Time, That’s the Way of the World, Gratitude, Spirit and others.
Fans love the singles from their album and some of them have reached the top of several Billboard charts. The band has also appeared at events such as the Music for UNICEF Concert. They have also released compilation CDs such as The Ultimate Collection and The Essential Earth, Wind, and Fire.
In March 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and that year they were invited to a state gala at the White House. The following year, a biographical documentary about the band, Shining Stars: The Official Story Of Earth, Wind & Fire, was made. After an eight-year hiatus, the band returned in September 2013 with their 20th album, Now, Then & Forever. In honor of the band, the Los Angeles City Council designated September 21 as Earth, Wind and Fire Day in September 2019. The band has embarked on several tours, the last of which was held in last year 2022.