Maurice White
1941 - 2016
Please take a moment to tell us what Maurice White meant to you.
  • Chuck Kearns | Feb 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Maurice White was a musical visionary, a musical genius, a great singer, a great drummer, a great arranger, and a great producer. He will be missed on this earth.

  • Andrea Galliano | Feb 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Ero poco più di un bambino, ho imparato ad ascoltare musica per merito tuo e ai tuoi compagni di viaggio, mi hai fatto commuovere, innamorare e sperare in un futuro migliore. Tanti di noi, questa volta, quaggiù, scriveranno una canzone per te, e chissà, ascolteremo il tuo prossimo concerto in un altro tempo ed in un altro luogo.

  • pedje | Feb 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Merci pour tout.

  • Paolo Sala | Feb 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you Maurice for the rhythm and the amazing horn sessions you gave us, we miss you.

  • Michael Anatole | Feb 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    You taught me how to listen to music. Without you I would have never explored other sounds, other dreams, other lives. For this I will be eternally grateful.

  • Michael Johnson | Feb 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    What does Maurice White man to me. Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire is the portal to my youth, good times and happier day. Putting in a Earth, Wind and Fire CD is like stepping into a time machine and when the first note of each song hits, I am transported back in time. The songs Maurice wrote, his vision, his strength, his voice and his love made the music he made, great. We all remember different times growing up, certain television shows, a special person or place, a song. For me, Earth, Wind and Fires songs take me back, each an every time, to all of those things. What a gift Maurice White gave to millions of people on this planet. Songs and the memories that are attached to them forever in our hearts. Maurice, man, your songs helped shape the person I am today by always spreading a positive message of love. God Bless you Maurice White. You are truly loved and missed by so many. Rest in power my brother.

  • Eric Johns | Feb 8, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Than you brother for sharing your inspiration. It lives on as does your spirit

  • Julius Gonzales | Feb 8, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Raised in spirituality, groomed to serve, my initial inspiration to do what is right in Christ has provided me wisdom to become a man. In my youthful experiences, I found other influences with similar messages that taught me to live, love, and be a better man throughout my life. Earth Wind and Fire provides such inspiration still to this day (kalimba). Rest in Peace, Maurice White.

  • TJ Cardoza | Feb 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    It was July 1976, Providence Civic Center, Providence, R.I., my first concert. I had no idea what I was going to be hit with or for better words, branded with the Maurice brand. Since then, I have never listened to music the same way. Maurice’s vision intoxicated everyone’s minds. Allowed them to escape whatever they were going through, happy, sad or whatever. This vision isn’t something you purchase at the near by store. It definitely was a God given gift that was lent to him, to use to capture the hearts of a multitude. It crossed every demographic boundary, breached color barriers, touching and embracing everyone in its path. The heavenly Father entrusted this to Maurice and he ran with it and never looked back. Though I’m sadden that he’s no longer here with us, faith tells me here’s in the ultimate vision and knows exactly the real meaning of the vision he was given to share with us all. My love for music was birth through Reese’s vision and I fully comprehend what drove him to do it. The elements are Earth, Wind & Fire, but Love will always be the denominator that draws us to the unity the vision exudes. Maurice mentored so many throughout this world that he never met face to face and I’m just one of them. My dear brother, rest well, you deserve it for a job well done.

  • Elle Bee | Feb 8, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Mr. White and EWF,

    Your life’s passion and gifts have enriched my life in so many ways. I can’t begin to say thank you enough for uplifting my spirit and my mind every time I listen to your music – since I was 5yrs young. Thank you for creating music that lasts through the generations so that I could share you with my nephew who is now 27 and sings your lyrics word for word – makes me so proud to watch him groove to EWF, and I feel very blessed to say that I came up and lived my life to a soundtrack featuring the genius of Mr. Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire. Thank you Mr. White, forever a Shining Star! Ase’

  • Nicole M. from Dayton, Ohio | Feb 8, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you Maurice, for the music and the love you shared with the world. God blessed us with a beautiful wonder. The world forever grateful to you and EWF! Much Love!

  • Mylon Pope | Feb 8, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Earth Wind and Fire touched more than my heart, they touch my soul. It is sad to watch them without Maurice, but they are still a force. Thanks God for talent that transcends the ears and goes straight to the heart!

  • Thomas L. Jones Sr. | Feb 8, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    “A Message In Our Music”
    (EWF)

    When the earth was born, and the sun was made to shine
    To live this world the same, will become Our Last Days And Times
    When you feel life is worthless, as empty days go by
    Love who you are, keep your Head To The Sky
    Look up toward heaven, Gods throne sits high
    But stay planted on earth, He will Open Our Eyes
    Live your life happy, shine like diamonds and pearls
    All lives are worth living, That’s The Way Of The World
    Believe in our master, his knowledge is our food
    Eat to your fill, worship Him with Gratitude
    As our life time passes by, look back and remember it
    When our life here is over, He will call for our Spirit
    When that last day has started, and we wait to be called
    To heaven or to hell, which will be All-n-All
    When this new world is over, and our lives here are done
    His new book will be titled, Lost World Volume #1
    To understand his message, you must believe in Him
    He said know who you are, and you’ll know who I Am
    Love one another, embrace all cultures and Races
    These friends you will remember, with all their smiling Faces
    With your love and dedication, keep giving Him the Praise
    His knowledge sustains us, our understanding He will Raise
    From season to season, from day into night
    The sun gives us energy, it’s our source and Powerlight
    True love is a blessing, for every little boy and girl
    Let them pass that love on, let them Touch The World
    We look toward the future, but one thing is imperative
    Don’t look too far ahead, and forget about your Heritage
    We’re living in a new age, where patients is a minimum
    Our ongoing journey, is headed to the new Millennium
    We have always acknowledged, our gifts come from above
    We continue or journey, forever In The Name Of Love
    Our message of love has always been honest
    We’ve forever stayed true, we made you that Promise
    As our music carries on, into the next generation
    Their soul are awaken, by a new Illumination
    Our music was made, to bring all people together
    It will continue to live on, Now, Then And Forever
    Live in our music, as a child lives to play
    Live everyday believing, as if it is a Holiday
    Believe what you feel, know who you are
    This message of truth, sent from Earth, Wind And Fire

    Thomas L. Jones Sr. 2 October 1980 thru 20 July 2015

  • Charles W. Cherry II | Feb 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Been riding with “Gratitude,” the best live album ever made, at least once a week for 40 years now. Always brings a smile to my face. Thanks, brother, for leaving a legacy.

  • Jacqualine Williams Rippy | Feb 9, 2016 at 12:01 am

    It all began with the tune…”Keep Your Head To The Sky”, and then I was hooked! Earth, Wind & Fire’s music has personally been a great source of strength and inspiration throughout the last forty-two years of my life, and more. Their music carries a message that lights the path towards a sacred promise — born from spiritual awareness to guide humanity’s quest for hope and eternal fulfillment. From inception to beyond their message has inspired, instilled, and brought hope to those more, and less fortunate under the direst of circumstance. Through artistic brilliance, their message serves as a spiritual beacon, of love for the teacher and student, preacher and minister, saint and sinner, achiever and dreamer…God and son. As Dr. King once noted, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”…yet, still the mighty elements withstand the test of time. From concert halls, to walks of fame they transcend the generations, with their special message of love, as their guiding light. I pay a special homage to Maurice White, the ambassador of peace, and legendary leader of…EARTH, WIND & FIRE. P.S. Years ago I started a special section of my own personal website totally dedicated to the best band to ever grace a stage…..

  • LiNTA Mori | Feb 9, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Thank you, Maurice. You were my strict music teacher, and also cheerful uncle.
    Your music will be always with me in spirit.

  • Jeff Salzman | Feb 9, 2016 at 4:42 am

    I must raise my glass not only to Maurice White, but to all of EW&F.

    I first learned of EW&F in my early teens in the late 1970’s after wondering what song two girls in my 7th grade class were singing to themselves. It was the song September. No music, just their singing. It sounded groovy even in its a-capella form that I had to find out what it was. Soon, I was hearing it on the radio and have enjoyed the top-40 releases of the other EW&F songs since then.

    It was sad to hear that Maurice White passed away. And with no less admiration for the other EW&F band members, I enjoyed the exposure to their unique form of funk and groove in my life, especially during their early 1980’s electronic age. EW&F band members have always done a wonderful job compounding their individual talents into an enjoyable musical style. Maurice and his voice will surely be missed.

  • Hans van Eeden | Feb 9, 2016 at 4:50 am

    At the end of the seventies I got hooked on Maurice White and EWF. They lighted up my life. Besides, the horn arrangements opened the door to big band jazz for me. And further on to jazz in general. Nowadays I’m editor in chief of Dutch jazzmagazine Jazzflits
    Maurice White’s magnum opus in my opinion is ‘Faces’. All the songs on that album are still standing!

  • Aaron J. Westbrook | Feb 9, 2016 at 6:16 am

    During an era of “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll’, I preferred to listen to Earth, Wind, and Fire and similar artists whose positive messages in their music was a big influence in my life……and never regretted it! From Maurice “Peace and Love all the time!”

  • Victoria Wood | Feb 9, 2016 at 6:30 am

    RIP Maurice! Sincere Sympathy to Ellene, Eden, and Verdiine, Fred, and Kahbran.

  • P. Brandy Fitzgerald | Feb 9, 2016 at 7:12 am

    There is no doubt you are in a better place, because even God loved your talent and obviously provided it to you. I saw you perform with Earth, Wind and Fire in VA in 1978 as a young Private First Class in the Marine Corps and was blessed to see you again last year, 2015, at Jiffy Lube Live in VA again; this time as a retired Gunnery Sergeant! It was wonderful to listen to REAL music again. They should send all rappers to some kind of music school and play ALL of your music. You will be sorely missed. You were one of a kind!

  • Verna Swan | Feb 9, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Maurice White, I met while on tour in Europe. Maurice in my eyes and in my heart was a SEE – ER he could see Love, Peace, and Happiness in your Spirit in ways no one I’ve ever met could, he was Sincere in his perception on how he could see the World and he reflected that in his music. After meeting Phillip, Ralph and Verdine I could then see EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE. Together they are and will always be ONE with the UNIVERSE and ONE with GOD. I am a better person for knowing one of God’s Angels who shined his Light on me. My condolences to his Family. THANK YOU FAMILY FOR SHARING THIS ANGEL WITH US. MAURICE PLEASE CONTINUE BLESSINGS US THROUGH EWF. WE WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER BE GRATEFUL. R.I.P. MY BROTHER.

  • Daniel M. | Feb 9, 2016 at 9:16 am

    in 1977 I was 5yrs old, I heard EWF music in a record store with my dad. This had a profound influence in me forever. The sounds and tight music got me into music production in later life, and I been collecting 1970s fusion and funk music since I was old enough to buy records…
    It started with EWF.. the influence rubs off on my kids who are 10yrs old now taking this music with them into their generation.
    Your music crossed all cultures, and generations and will never die. (Saw you live in Birmigham UK a bout 5 years ago, will never forget) .
    Please release more unreleased cuts from the 70-80s era in remembrance Of Maurice. Rest in Peace.

  • Salim | Feb 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Maurice opened our eyes a little wider. Took us a little further. He was a voice of expression for our generation of soul listeners.

  • AJeaL | Feb 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    When our eyes locked on Vine St. & Willoughby the 24th March 1974 i appreciated from that day to this witnessing what the light of love looked like in another hue-man being, whose “MUSIC” touched my soul. May you rest in eternal power free from all discomfort. A woman on the radio Sunday summed up your worth and value best. In the act of buying your music… “YOU saved many of us a lot of money on therapy”.” ldl… Until we meet again, w/love, #BoogieDown King!!

  • Mike Zandoka | Feb 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Maurice White, a musical mentor, a teacher, an inspiration. His music pictures the soundtrack of my life.

  • M,Sassarini | Feb 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Ciao Maurice,
    continuerò a sentirti, vederti come sempre EWF
    Grazie

  • George M | Feb 9, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Elements of the musical universe: Earth, Wind, Fire and Maurice White….He will be missed.

  • Reyna Gaar | Feb 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    A fan since I was in my early teens, Maurice always touched a place in my soul. EWF’s music and vibe seemed like home to me. Maurice’s voice was soulful, holy, sexy, playful, inspirational, wise and wonderful – all at the same time. When I learned he had passed away, it hurt my heart. I just knew playing my EWF music would wrench my soul from me. Yet when I started listening, my poor soul was soothed and enlivened, joyful and reflective, calm and happy – just like Maurice expected his music to do. Thank you Maurice White for enriching my life with your musical genius and funkdified, spiritual soul…

  • Sal Sinsigalli | Feb 9, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Our heartfelt condolences to the White family and the EWF family. Been following you since i heard “Evil”…a 15 year old white boy into his white music, well that changed that day…..That was 1974, and I have been blessed that i was witness to so many live shows, incredible shows that we were usually one of the 1st 20 in line to get tickets (that’s how we did it back then!) Your music is timeless and will live eternally as will Maurice….We thank you for bringing joy to our lives through your music and showmanship every day of our lives….thank you, again, and our prayers to all of you…..

  • Rufus Surles Jr | Feb 9, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    As a young man growing up at the end of the 70’s, my entire life has been inspired by the sounds of EWF. For a young man who catches glimpses of my father that was taken in his younger years, I hope that they get to dance together on the other side of life. I have always held a special place in my heart for the soulful sounds that you have produced. Maurice has a voice that I can hear when the world seems so quiet. May God carry him home and may God continue to bless the loves ones he has left behind…

  • Kate Fegan | Feb 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    After the first time I heard Can’t hide love in a record store at 18 years old I was HOOKED! Your music and soulful story telling has been the soundtrack of my life. Whether to cry, sing my loudest or dance my ass off Maurice and all the guys have given me that and I can’t ever imagine my life without EARTH, WIND AND FIRE… XXXXX

  • Christian Quiroz | Feb 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Maurice White, You marked a whole new era, whole decades and you will keep on marking new good times yet with the music you left us, with good music… the one that now it seems to disappear. We were lucky to have persons like you in this world. I was not fortunate enough to be born at the time you were touring but I saw you on videos and heard you on the radio and it brought happiness and joy to me. I really thank you. You changed me. And of course, the whole group and every musician that has been playing in it. Love.

  • Frankie Marc Anthony | Feb 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    The sad reality of getting older is that you start to lose people that you grew up with, directly and indirectly. I was/am not only a huge Earth, Wind & Fire fan, but I’ve also have had the privilege of being in radio and promoting their new music over the years too, so I became emotionally attached. I still remember the first E,W & F 45 I bought back in the late 70’s, “Fantasy” . Eventually I purchased every single prior to and everone one since and always looked forward to hearing Maurice White’s lead vocals. If Philip Bailey is the “soul” of the band, Maurice White was definitely the “heart”. For me, it’s been a devastating year so far with the losses of Maurice White, Glenn Frey & Paul Kantner to the point that I’ve been thinking about my own mortality, yet I realize that we all have that transition to make one day. Maurice brought much joy and happiness to people around the world for several decades and he did indeed “Touch The World”. If a man is measured by the legacy he leaves behind, then Maurice established that a long time ago and was definitely amongst GOD”s chosen few. You will remain in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

  • Roger Tomas | Feb 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Throughout my life I have been blessed to be surrounded by positive forces. I started listening to EWF as a teenager in the 1970’s. The music of Earth, Wind & Fire was – and still is – one of those forces. Thanks to Maurice and the entire EWF family for keeping the message positive. I look forward to more great music from EWF.

    Condolences to the EWF family. RIP Maurice.

  • Wagner Alves Viana | Feb 10, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Agradeço de coração pelas suas musicas geniais que alegraram minha juventude e alegram até hoje minha vida, fique em paz !!!

  • Christopher Nave | Feb 10, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Not just a fan of EWF but a believer in the message.
    Through your vision Maurice you have shown me the way to be a better man, with a positive outlook, a love of life. At the age now of 29 I missed on the opportunity to see your vision at its prime but through your legendary music I can sit and close my eyes and picture you singing, the Phenix Horns blowing, Al McKay strumming, Verdine thumping, and the rest of the boys grooving! Your music transcends the body and mind.
    Your words, your groove, your message has enriched the lives of not only mine but many around the world.
    I met your son, in Sydney Australia and that was a delight in itself.
    Your legacy will live on forever.
    Rest in eternal love

  • Maureen Gilligo | Feb 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Maurice was my idol for 40 years. My first album was “That’s the Way of the World” . His music brought me joy and happiness along with sending out positive messages. He was a very talented man, fantastic song writer, and singer. Maurice will always hold a place in my heart, and my thoughts and prayers go out to Verdine and Fred, along with the rest of the White family, in addition to Philip and Ralph and the entire Earth Wind and Fire band past and present.

    God Bless.

  • Horace Morris, Jr. | Feb 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Thank you Mr. White…It was all about love.

  • Xavier D. Rogers | Feb 10, 2016 at 9:36 am

    First and foremost, to Verdine, Fred and the White Family and fellow band members.My deepest prayers and condolences. I can’t thank GOD enough for bestowing Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire, the musical GENIUS & ARTISTRY to the WORLD. Maurice’s lyrics , voice, and VISION, successfully proved that LOVE & SPIRITUALITY are ONE. Your legacy to mankind through song will NEVER, EVER BE FORGOTTEN. We can only imagine the celebration of your Life with our HEAVENLY FATHER…..WELL DONE MY SON. GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL MAURICE WHITE. REST IN POWER!

  • GILLES PERROT | Feb 10, 2016 at 10:01 am

    THANK YOU MAURICE FOR ALL THE GREAT MOMENTS I HAD LISTENING TO YOUR SONG. I THINK ANGELS WILL BE SO HAPPY TO SHARE YOUR NEW LIFE WITH THEM. YOU WILL SHINE FOR EVER IN MY MIND AND MY HEART.REST IN PEACE AND GROOVE.

  • justJAQI | Feb 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

    A little piece of music died in me when I learned of the passing of the late great Maurice White. My musical existence was shaped by the sounds of Maurice White, Philip Bailey and the entire Earth Wind & Fire band. While chores were mandatory on Saturdays growing up, we got to choose our chore music from our parents’ albums, and EWF won more often than not. I even remember my dad taking us kids to Dupont Park in Washington DC to see them. Absolutely amazing! In many ways, they were my first teachers in music theory, vocal lessons, and songwriting. To this day, my sister and I still do the “Maurice White” to every song with a groove like “After The Love Has Gone”. As a matter of fact, my mother just asked me to do it the week before he died. Wow. My heart feels like I lost an honorary uncle, because Maurice White has been a big part of music to me all my life. But I am so grateful that this incredible legacy has been recorded, that it will live on for all to listen, learn, and love. Rest in peace, dear soldier, and God bless and strengthen brother, Verdine White and family, as well as the entire EWF family.

  • One and only | Feb 10, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Pharaohs come and go too, u know! EWF lives 4 ever

  • Scott Herman | Feb 10, 2016 at 11:57 am

    You were the Reason that I became interested in songwriting. Your music will live in my heart forever.

  • Gail Wolf | Feb 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Maurice, I first heard your music in 1971 when I was 20 years old. Thank you for 45 years of your amazing music that has often uplifted me and fed my spirit when I was really down. I still play EW&F on my way to work and back because it makes me feel so happy… songs that I’ve been listening to continuously all of these years. Rest in peace, Maurice. I trust that we will continue to hear you through your brother and all of the other band members. Thank you for your gift of beautiful music and energy!

  • George Terry | Feb 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    EW&F was the music food I ate day and night in the 70,s Thanks Mr. WHITE for the great memory YOU ARE A WINNER Love the song and the GREATEST BAND IN THE WORLD

  • Bob Faris | Feb 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    What a tremendous loss. I grew up with EW&F and, as a drummer, Maurice’s funk filled music and rhythms just knocked me out. I would play along to the music and still do to this day…I’m 60. When he was with Ramsey Lewis, I’d play along with the Dancing in the Street album which got me hooked on jazz. His mastery at the drums was so tasteful and unbelievable. I have most all of the early albums and All in All simply blew me away. Their music is ageless. My only regret is not having seen them perform live while he was still with us. Just sad to see that we’re starting to lose some of the classic 70’s, 80’s artists already. I’m still in shock over his passing but I know that he’s rocking heaven, dancing in the street. God rest his soul.

  • Paul williams | Feb 10, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    The abc series 20/20 did a report about the group in the eighties having 80 countries from around the world bidding for their services . Surely the universal message they brought crossed all boundary so this is universal. We could use this today. God bless Reese and the guys . All n all

  • Edward Jackson | Feb 10, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Maurice White. The man. The icon. The spiritual leader behind Earth Wind & Fire. For over 25 years I’ve been enjoying playing the kalimba. My one regret is that I wished I had a chance to meet Maurice for some tips. Thank you for decades of great inspiring music. Verdine, Philip and Ralph…my condolences and please keep the music playing for Maurice. EWF for life!

  • Min Robert J Glass | Feb 10, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Bro Maurice has been a true blessing to me for over 40 years. I have followed the band since 1972 and have been a loyal admirer ever since. When you have the blessing of sharing your gifts with the world, it is a true blessing from God. I have been a saxophonist for 43 years and i tried to pattern my style with jOHN cOLTRANE And the style of Maurice. We celebrate Maurice’s life and legacy. Much love my Brother….See you in the morning.

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