Earth, Wind & Fireplace drummer Fred White has died aged 67
Earth, Wind & Fireplace drummer Fred White has died, the band introduced Sunday. He was 67.
Fred, brother of Earth, Wind & Fireplace founders Maurice and Verdine White, joined the band in 1974 after drumming for the likes of Linda Ronstadt and Donny Hathaway. His expertise helped Earth, Wind & Fireplace land their first Billboard No. 1 hit with “Shining Star,” remodeling them into the disco powerhouse they’d quickly turn into.
ABC Picture Archives/Disney Common Leisure Content material through Getty Photos Fred White drums with Earth, Wind & Fireplace.
Though he left the band within the ’80s, Fred returned in 2000 for his or her induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame.
“He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels!” Verdine White, Fred’s brother and founding member of Earth, Wind & Fireplace, wrote on Instagram. “Protégé, member of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold data at age 16! He was brother quantity 4 within the household constellation. However greater than that, at dwelling and past, he was the fantastic brother who was at all times entertaining and pleasant mischievous!”
The official Earth, Wind & Fireplace Instagram account shared a video of Fred performing a drum solo in Germany through the band’s 1979 world tour. Test it out under.
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