Maurice White was the Mastermind and the lower voiced lead singer with Earth Wind and Fire and he would have been 80 this week.
He was the founding member who wrote and produced the majority of their songs. Prior to that, in the mid-60s, he became the drummer for the Ramsey Lewis Trio and can be heard playing on their track Wade in the Water which was released in 1966 but didn’t chart in the UK until 1972.
In later life he suffered with Parkinson’s disease and died in February 2016 aged 74.
Let’s remember their 1979 hit Boogie Wonderland performed with label-mates The Emotions..