The band's most successful period started with the 1975 album "That's The Way of The World" and continued through the rest of the decade.
Other hits included "Serpentine Fire," ''That's the Way of the World" and a cover of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life."White publicly revealed he had Parkinson's at the time of the band's Hall of Fame induction, but he had shown symptoms of the neurological disease back in the 1980s.
Along with the kalimba, the African thumb piano that featured on each of the group’s albums and trademarked their production company, these elements helped EWF stand out from the crowd of fellow travellers like Kool & The Gang.
They also made EWF chart mainstays and dancefloor fillers throughout the late 1970s and early ’80s with “Fantasy”, “September”, “Boogie Wonderland” (recorded with the Emotions and awarded a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1979, one of six Grammys EWF received), “After The Love Has Gone”, “Star” and “Let’s Groove”, Transatlantic Top 20 hits that have remained radio recurrents and testimony to White’s genius as an all-rounder ever since. The whole objective was to try and inspire young people to believe in themselves and to follow through on their ideas,” said White.
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British children's book author Michael Bond died on June 27, 2017, his publisher Harper Collins UK said in a statement. The creator of Paddington Bear children's book series died at home "following a short illness," the statement read.
Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."In 2000, just before EW&F was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Maurice White disclosed to 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 in 2000.
"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."The Recording Academy, which is set to award a Lifetime Achievement award to Earth, Wind & Fire at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Feb.
He left his stepbrother, the bassist Verdine White, Bailey and the percussionist Ralph Johnson, mainstays since 1972, in charge of the formidable current line-up of EWF that triumphed at the Proms In The Park broadcast from London’s Hyde Park on Radio 2 in 2014.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, White grew up with musicians like Booker T Jones, later of Stax Records and the MGs fame, but was drawn towards Chess after his mother remarried, to a podiatrist, and moved to Chicago, where Maurice took up drumming.