Musings

Bad Year for 70’s Musicians

**UPDATE**

I found some better videos of E-W-F in concert on Dailymotion.

http://dai.ly/xwfrr

Also, here is an excellent article on Maurice from NPR.

2016 is starting of poorly for musicians from the 60’s and 70’s.  So far we have seen the passing David Bowie, Glenn Frey, and Paul Kantner. Today came news that Maurice White, founder of Earth Wind and Fire passed away. While I listened to music from all of these musicians, I liked Earth Wind and Fire more than the others. EWF blended R&B, soul, funk, jazz and disco together, and sold over 100 million albums making them one of the best selling groups of all time. Of course, in today’s world nobody buys albums. Even I have ripped most of my favorites to mp3’s or preferably  flac(Free Lossless Audio Codec). But, I digress.

Maurice White was a session drummer, former member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, singer and producer.  Together with his brother Verdine, he founded what would become EWF in 1969. With the addition of singer Philip Bailey in 1972, EWF embarked on a decade of popularity. They produced a string of best selling albums and singles with songs like Let’s Groove, Boogie Wonderland, After the Love Has Gone, September and many more. In the 80’s, the band added more electronics and they had mixed critical and commercial success. In the 90’s, their label convinced them to reunite and return to performing, and they have been showing up everywhere since then. Their music is featured frequently in commercials. Maurice retired from performing, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Philip Bailey has been the stage leader.

There used to be a lot of interesting fan made videos on Youtube, but they seem to have disappeared. The best live performance I could find was this one: