Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White dies aged 67

Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White dies, at the age of 67


American drummer Fred White, of funk band Earth, Wind & Fire died at the age of 67, announced Monday his brother and a former member of the musical formation. 

Born in 1955 in Chicago (Illinois, north), White had started playing the drums at a very young age. During his career, he won six Grammy Awards with the legendary funk band formed in 1969 by his brother, Maurice White, who died in 2016.

“Our family is saddened today by the loss of an incredible and talented family member,” another brother, Verdine White, wrote in an Instagram post, recalling that he had “records of gold from the age of 16! »

Earth, Wind & Fire rose to fame quickly in the 1970s, becoming one of the first to break racial taboos in pop, and was hugely successful in both the white and African-American community.

In 1979, the group was the first African-American band to perform at the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York to a sold-out crowd.

On the official Instagram page of the group was posted a video of White performing a drum solo at a concert in Germany in 1979 accompanied by the message “Rest in Love”.

He went on to work with other artists, including soul singer Deniece Williams.< /p>

White, as a member of the group Earth, Wind & Fire, was inducted in 2000 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, American pantheon of rock and popular music.

The group has distinguished itself by its songs, but also by its shows filled with energy, punctuated by a strong presence of brass and a kalimba, an African percussion instrument made of metal slats. 

Without ever leaving the stage completely, the group experienced a resurgence in notoriety after the election of President Barack Obama, who invited among the first artists to perform after entering the White House in 2009.