Fred White, the drummer for the rhythm and blues band Earth, Wind, and Fire has died aged 67. He was with the band during their heydays of the 1970s and early 1980s, playing on some of their all-time hits like September and Morning Star.
The news was announced by Verdine White, his brother, who is one of the band’s founding members and its bassist. Verdine said that his brother was found dead on the morning of New Year’s Day.
He said in a statement, “Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddy’ White,” further adding, “He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now with the angels.”
Who was Fred White?
Fred White the former drummer of Earth, Wind & Fire, was born on January 13, 1955. His father, Verdine Sr., was a saxophone player himself, and it was through him that Fred and his brothers came across the works of iconic musicians like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others.
He joined the band in 1974 and played on albums like That’s the Way of the World and Electric Universe. While he was with Earth, Wind & Fire, the band had a total of seven singles that reached the Top 10 chart, including the song Shining Star that went to no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Some of the other hits by the band include songs like Got to Get You In My Life, Boogie Wonderland, and September.
Let’s Groove, the 1974 song by the band, won the Grammy Award
White was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of the band in 2000.