Fred White, Drummer of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies at 67

Fred White, the previous drummer of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. He was 67.

The percussionist’s brother and bandmate Verdine White shared the unhappy information via social media on Sunday (Jan. 1). Neither the date nor the reason for White’s dying had been disclosed at press time.

“Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member. Our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddie’ White,” Verdine White wrote on Instagram alongside images of his brother.

“He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte, and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels!” he added. “He was the wonderful bro that was always entertaining and delightfully mischievous! And we could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more light-hearted.”

Fred White was born on Jan. 13, 1955 in Chicago. He started drumming on the age of 9 and later carried out with Linda Ronstadt and Donny Hathaway earlier than becoming a member of Earth, Wind & Fire in 1974. He was the fourth of the White brothers to carry out within the Grammy-winning R&B band.

White sat behind the equipment for a few of Earth, Wind & Fire’s most profitable songs, together with “Shining Star,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1975. He additionally scored high 10 hits with “Let’s Groove,” “September,” “Sing a Song,” “After the Love Has Gone,” “Boogie Wonderland” and others.

White left Earth, Wind & Fire within the mid-Nineteen Eighties, however he returned for the band’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2000.

During his profession, White additionally lent his drumming skills to recordings for Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Deniece Williams, the Emotions, Ramsey Lewis, Jennifer Holliday, and Diana Ross. Most lately, he collaborated with Ross on her 2021 album, Thank You.

Verdine White’s tribute put up drew a slew of responses from fellow musicians, together with Questlove, Lenny Kravitz and Nile Rodgers.

“Sending my love and deepest condolences to you and the family,” Kravitz commented. “I used to be blessed to have been in his presence and blessed to have been influenced by him. A real king. Rest in energy.

See Verdine White’s tribute to his brother Fred on Instagram here.

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