Maurice White
1941 - 2016
Please take a moment to tell us what Maurice White meant to you.
  • Rosa Banks | Feb 24, 2016 at 8:57 am

    His music productions epitomized excellence.

  • SaulMorales | Feb 25, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Ciao Reese…….sarai sempre nel mio cuore. Una vita tra i tuoi pensieri e la tua musica. Sei comunque tra noi e io ti seguo sempre perché il tuo messaggio è chiaro. Love love and love to the people. You miss me Maurice. Mighty mighty man

  • Emmanuel R. Cruz | Feb 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I grew up with Earth, Wind and Fire and so did my entire family throughout the early 70’s to present. Maurice White and the band had such an impact on our lives. He and his band was a Godsend and what was good about American culture. I will miss him very much and Earth, Wind and Fire just didn’t sound the same when he retired. He was the genius behind the music. He was kind enough to make me his myspace friend and message me a few times. God took back one of his angels. May he rest in peace and enjoy his new life in Heaven.

  • Arnie Brown | Feb 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Wanted to take this opportunity to share that a part of my heart is sadden over the loss of Maurice White. I am a true fan and extremely loyal to what Earth, Wind and Fire has meant to me over the past 4 decades. God truly touched Maurice in creating the greatest group of all time. Till this day I look at him and Phillip Bailey as the best singing duo ever. Although the news of Maurice passing is sad, heaven will be making room for it’s newest angel. Many blessings to the family and the band

  • Rob vandenberg | Feb 25, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you Maurice for all you have given us. You will be missed.

  • Maria Todd PhD | Feb 26, 2016 at 9:34 am

    “Musicianship.” the mark of professionalism you left on the world.
    Rest in peace, ….err,, have a helluva time with all the other greats up there in musician heaven.

  • Klaus Keller | Feb 26, 2016 at 10:14 am

    A wonderful person has gone – un unbelievable musician! Thx for everything done in the music biz … god bless you! R.I.P
    All the best für EWF, Philip, Verdine, Ralph an the Rest …. Make your fantastic music for Maurice to keep him always in mind 🙂

    From Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    a big fan

  • Janet Ferguson | Feb 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I have always admired Maurice White & Earth Wind & Fire every since I was 13 years old. I love this Man, this group. They are my all time favorite and always will be. I will miss Maurice White so much. Powerful Musician, a Musical Genius and an Icon in our generation. I had the opportunity to see them 4 times in my lifetime and that still was not enough. I loved them then and love them now. Maurice…you will be missed by all and you and your music will live on FOREVER. #EWF4LIFE. I Love You Maurice White.

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  • Tom | Feb 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Just found out about Maurice…..Very very sad to hear this devastating news….your music was so much part of my life. I love EW&F……you have brought so much of happiness with your songs and music to people all over the world….RIP my friend…….

  • Lillian Kauhola | Feb 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I think I actually wanted to be Maurice White as a young teen I used to Sing, and mimic his ever so sensual and passionate dance grooves and moves that I loved so much. I also had my own Kalimba that I tried to play probably hitting all the wrong notes that my whole family had to put up with listening to. You all don’t know how much EWF has meant to me for a lifetime. Maurice touched my Heart and Soul with every word every melody he ever sung and all his positive messages. I never got a chance to meet Maurice but if I had I would’ve loved for him to have signed my Kalimba. You EWF Pihillip, Verdine, and Ralph and Maurice will continue to stay in my Heart now and forever.
    He will always be my Shining Star!!
    Thank you for a lifetime of all the Best music!!!
    I love you all!!! ❤️ -Lil

  • Robert Bass | Feb 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Maurice White and Earth Wind and fire have been an inspiration to me for more than 35 years through their music and universal message. Rest in peace my brother. Although I know Maurice stopped touring long a go his music and writing will not be forgotten

  • A. Wilson | Feb 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Thank you Maurice for giving us the gift of music elements & bringing Earth, Wind & Fire on this Earth.

  • Wanja C. | Feb 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Maurice’s passing impacted me so immensely as this is truly the soundtrack of my life. I grew up in Kenya listening to EWF and when I immigrated to the US, my first EVER live concert was an EWF Concert here in Tampa Bay! What an honor for me to experience the art, soul & genius of Maurice and his talented team. I get shivers each time I hear EWF creations – September, Lover’s Holiday, Reasons, Fall in Love with Me, Let’s Groove, Devotion et cetera. May the good Lord rest his soul in eternal peace, while his music lives on forever here on earth. EWF, you set such a high bar for aspiring talent: raw genius, passion and zero scandals, just pure unadulterated art. God bless you all!

  • Harold Jones | Feb 29, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Like many people Maurice White and Earth Wind & Fire’s music is the soundtrack of my life. Maurice will be truly missed. He did leave us with so many songs that will live on forever. Be Ever Wonderful my brutha

  • Alain Luc Pascal Frauchiger | Mar 2, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Maurice you are White as the Light You brought to us.

    Not so strangely Maurice (mauricius) is derived from the latin : maurus : meaning dark, black.

    As it is written in your name you took me from darkness to Light when I was a teen and I never looked back since, I

    Thank you infinitely for your teachings.

    To me you are Saint-Maurice White.

    Love your neighbour as yourself, now !

  • Vincent Mouellé | Mar 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I remember, me and my young brother Clement were under ten years old. And that night, our father came and woke us up: “I want to show you something. Come on.” It was really late but we followed him to the hall. At this time, video recorders still exist haha…
    We sit in front the T.V and our father finally lauched the video: “September” played on. For me, a young French kid, it was the very first time that I saw a “video clip””,especially of this band.
    And until now, even if I’m a huge fan of you all, “September” and the first lyric of Maurice White with his incredible voice… Time was like suspended..
    For me, Maurice is and will always be connected to this feeling.
    I’m so sad but so glad that my dad gave us the chance to know you all!

    Thank you so much Earth, Wind & Fire, thank you Maurice.


  • Parmella Thomas | Mar 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    My brother was stationed in Germany in the 70’s and he brought back several in particular HEAD TOTHE SKY by Earth wind and fire..I took the album from him he didn’t realize this and I kept it to me..adorning and absorbing the album..loving Maurice voice and all.. I had to know more..every album after that I brought them all.. Then I being to search for the one before head to the sky and I found it.. I was in love..Maurice don’t realize all his love he conveyed through the his love music..I truly love this man..he will be truly missed..EWF FOREVER..

  • william Martin Clark-Ettinger | Mar 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    this is aberat story that going to be hard for most to believe except those who were there.
    my first encounter with Maurice and Earth Wind and Fire was at a Caberate at Princeton University Gym
    they were not well known. but can you imagine earth wind and fire in a gym. when they hit the stage the whole place went wild for they came out with all forces. I have never seen anything like it. since then I have followed them up to this day. I am a song writer musician and the spiritual elements they have always had in their music I will always have in mine. Maurice White you will always me in my heart and in my music. I will continue to try and carry your message of love in my music and in my life. thank you for your gift

  • Andrea Damiani | Mar 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Tonight I felt I wanted to listen to some EWF, so I put on my favorite CD. Keep Your Head to the Sky, and something happened inside me. Then Feeling Blue, Open Our Eyes, Reasons … Finally my favorite song: That’s the Way of the World, and that’s when I started to cry for no reason at all.

    I came to visit your site, and learned that you have flown away.

    Thanks for the love, thanks for the music, thanks for the 51 years you shared with me, because I was born with your art.

    Godspeed Maurice, it’s been a great privilege listening to your music.

  • Nicole M Berg | Mar 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    It seems so strangely & serendipitously sad that I’ve just been recently reading Philip Bailey’s ‘Shining Star’ bio on EWF now to find that the great Maurice White has passed on. I will forever be kicking myself that I didn’t see Earth, Wind, & Fire in Oakland last year. The people who got to see EWF live with their visionary founding frontman can count themselves lucky. Heaven just got one amazing musician richer.

    Thank You, Maurice White, for always keeping True to your Concept.

  • Juanita M. Williams | Mar 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our brother, Maurice. EWF was my favorite band. I am 46 and can remember as a child, my mom, which is 68, would play their music. I am an old soul. I love their music. At work, I always U-tube their music on my computer as I work. We were blessed with him for 75 years, we are only promised 7 scores. He lived a beautiful life. He is singing with the angels, oh what a time he will have. I pray his family keep his memories and continue to walk in thier blessing.

  • Geralche | Mar 4, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Pleurs pleurs pour toi Maurice
    Tant de joie tu nous as offert

  • Vincent Saunders | Mar 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

    It was 1975,and my life was changing. This was the year I become, for the first time involved in organized sports. At that time I was familiar with a couple of EW&F songs, but not the band. ’75 that changed when my mom bought “That’s the Way of the World”, wow, that one album change me and the way I listened to music. I was forever hooked. I put faces with voices and musicians. My mom took me to several concerts and each time I was blown away. Maurice White and EW&F gave me deep appreciation for life and music. The lyrics were positive and uplifting. I have all of there releases in some form or fashion and will continue to buy their music. Maurice White & EW&F were and are mentors to me. Maurice was a musical genius and his influence won’t soon be forgotten. God Bless and Rest In Heaven Mr. Maurice White.

  • Mario Mota | Mar 6, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Maurice White was the biggest influence in my music taste, my music perception an understanding but mainly the responsible one of my soul’s connection with music.

    Modern music owes to Maurice a great step of evolution because thanks to his genius and creativity it was established the mighty standard of excellence with soul in music.

  • Michael Radcliff | Mar 7, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Dear Maurice,
    I cried the moment I learned of your passing…….my family life as a young person was very challenging during the period of 1973 – to graduation from high school in Columbus, Georgia in June of 1980. My best friend (Skip) was also trying to figure life out in a similar way at the time. We found safe solicitude and hope in the countless hours spent listening and pretending we were a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Maurice, his voice, dance, and speech pattern is something we would honor by trying to copy. Not just when listening to the music, but in other aspects of our lives.
    In summary, Maurice, and all the other members of EWF, provided me and my dear friend hope and happiness when it was in short supply.
    I am now 53, and have a professional career (entering my 29th year) working with troubled children and families. Without The influence of the songs and spirit of Maurice and the guys of EWF, I would have been lost and not answered God’s calling to work with children that are experiencing the same reality as I did man years ago.
    God Bless the continuation of Earth, Wind, and Fire in the spirit of Maurice always and the endless sharing of the love of God through music!
    Michael Radcliff
    Fayetteville, GA. USA

  • ac mcgowan | Mar 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    My heart is full. Full of love and appreciation for Maurice White. I loved him and his music and was always impressed with his message of love and spiritual awakening. He , to me was a genius and the love he gave through his music, he deserves heaven right now. I wish I could have met him. I would truly have been blessed to do so. God knows the rest.. God rest his soul. He left all this wonderful music for mankind to enjoy and appreciate! Praise the Lord!

  • Audrey | Mar 10, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for the music! Your music reminds me of some of my MOST cherised and fondest memories growing up with my Dad who is a fan. Thank you for enriching generations and generations of music lovers!

  • Merlin Chew | Mar 11, 2016 at 9:53 am

    The Creator chose you to express His excellence. We thank Him for sharing you with us.

  • paulachile | Mar 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    rest in peace

  • Brandon Gladney | Mar 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    One of the greatest to have ever done it! May God bless your family

  • Calvin Tsao | Mar 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Your music is the soundtrack for all the beauty in my life. “Reasons” played in my head the first time I kissed my wife. “September” was our wedding. “Serpentine Fire” was the birth of our kids. Thank you, Mr. White.

  • Larry Young | Mar 15, 2016 at 8:52 am

    thanks you Maurice and EWF for the music and messages. Earth wind and fire was the first Album I owned, ( really it was an 8 track). Keep up the magic.

  • Awo Ifawole Faseye | Mar 17, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Iba se Baba Maurice White!

    We thank Ifa for your many contributions to music and society as a whole.
    Your music allowed us to feel joy and happiness even through diffcult times. It touched a spirit within us.

    May Olodumare be pleased with your works. May the Ancestors open their arms with Love and Joy.

    Iba Se! Iba Se! Iba Se!

  • Rob Nijssen | Mar 17, 2016 at 3:37 am

    EWF was many years part of the most happiest moments: going on holiday, my children still young of age, one happy family in the car, and allways EWF on high volume coming out of the speakers, the children singing along phonetically. Beautiful moments, and beautiful memories. Thank you so much Maurice and other band members , your music will always be part of my life.

  • Keith S Cash | Mar 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Growing up in Pittsburgh in a community called Beltzhoover, EWF was a part of the Family. Their music was heard everywhere you went. If you walked through the Hood… any number of EWF songs could be heard from houses, cars, Eight tracks or cassette’s. (yeah it was that long ago). Every party, cookout, gathering or just hangin on the corner or up the park; EWF was the soundtrack of our lives. And when The Elements came to town… Beltzhoover was a ghost town! We rode in cars, streetcars, buses or whatever it took to get us to the Civic Arena. Those warm summer nights with the roof open… you just had to be there. We went to ALL the concerts that came to town, most of them we ran around chasing girls, but when EWF came to town… we sat and watched the show. Maurice with the Kalimba, Verdine on bass spinning around, the drummer floating around and of course Phillip and Maurice”s vocals. Priceless! Don’t know that we will ever experience the connection between a group of people and their Recording artists like what we had in the 70’s. I know that EWF has an international following, but as a black youth coming of age in the 70’s, they told our story to the world. They made me PROUD to be Black! Of course Maurice was the Heart and Soul, originator and engine of EWF. I will always love EWF. RWG Bro Maurice White.

  • Mark Keegan | Mar 23, 2016 at 8:35 am

    May Maurice White Rest In Peace. He made music for the body, mind and Soul. He made us dance, he made us think and he made us feel uplifted. No party is complete without a Maurice White jam!

  • Jose Batista | Mar 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I never will accept his departure, I grew up with his music ; I have 61 years old and never stop listening her music; till ever friend.

  • Steve A Hamilton | Mar 25, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I have loved the music of Earth Wind and Fire from the first time i heard “Mighty Mighty” and ” head to the Sky” Although I did not know it at the time, it was to be a very influential part of my life a I began to sing and dance bringing me out of that super shy kid and although I didn’t have much money in those days to have a great library of albums i ALWAYS had the next Earth Wind & Fire album, without even hearing a single song because i KNEW i would LOVE it and always did !
    The only artist/band that i had that connection with. “Thats the way of the world “is still my favorite song of all time and “I AM”, “Millennium ”
    “All n All” are probably my favorite albums but its very difficult to chose from the best, “You and I” from “Touch the World” was my wedding song”
    I have been to so many concerts thru the years and continue to do so whenever they are in the area. I have been fortunate enough to raise my children on their music and now they also are big fans so the unique sounds of the elements will continue to live on through them as well.
    Thank you Maurice for making that decision to switch majors way back then and giving the world this AWESOME legacy.
    You will be missed but your gift is timeless.

    Thank You !!!!

  • Filippo | Mar 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Grande mente pensante. Un mito che rimarrà sempre nel mio cuore

  • Toni Coelho | Mar 28, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Desculpem, eu não fiquei sabendo de sua morte.
    Estava buscando uma música de vocês para ouvir e fiz a seleção de todas elas. Nelas ele cantava, com todo o seu talento.
    Na busca das músicas é que fiquei sabendo da sua morte.
    Mas com a sua música, para mim, ele está vivo e sempre irei escutá-lo.
    Ao grupo Earth Wind and Fire, sigam o caminho iniciado por ele e que tão bem vocês representam. Não parem. Sigam em frente, nos fazendo felizes com o grande talento de todos vocês.

    Muito obrigado.

  • David Barreto | Mar 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I grow up with his music, i’ll always miss him. That’s the way of the world 🙁

  • Vic Morton | Mar 29, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    In 1979 at the old Chicago Stadium, EWF performed that evening with so much energy and showmanship. I enjoyed every ounce of that concert. They have been my favorite group of all time. Maurice you will be missed. I loved your voice on records and I would try sound like you as I listened to you sing. I know the group goes on, but your legacy with continue for ages. My daughter was 12 years old when I took her to her first EWF concert at Chastain Park, ATL. She was amazed. Be at Peace.

  • Billy Sánchez Olivares | Apr 6, 2016 at 9:16 am

    When I was a child, one of my beloved possesions was a AM radio. My mother and I used to listen all that classic musin including of course EWF. September was always in my mind, enven though at that time neither of us spoke english, this kind of music made sense in our minds and hearts.
    Time passed, but the music came all the way with me. At the time I was legally an adult, in my first visit to a disco, the first song I head was, of course, September.
    Now I’m 33 old and I still visit to my mom, and we still enjoy even more the EWF music, as if Maurice were still with us.
    Thank you so much for being part of my life too.

  • Joseph Joyce | Apr 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I would like to thank Maurice for connecting me with Africa by way of Egypt.I have been to Egypt twice.And it is because of the album,ALLnALL that I was more in awe of the Temple of Ramses at Abu Simbel which is drawn on the cover of the album than I was of the Pryamids at Giza.I was able to give Philip Bailey a photo album from my two trips to Egypt back in 2002.But before I knew of historians such as Dr.John Henrik Clarke,Dr.Yosef Ben- Jochannon and John G.Jackson,there was for me ,Maurice.As for the music,my love for the music is endless.As I write this,tears are flowing unashamedly.Rest in Peace.HOTEP.AXE`

  • Danilo Pereiro | Apr 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Maurice White and EWF, thanks for the song magic and transcendental. Maurice … eternal life.

  • Jay Stevens | Apr 13, 2016 at 7:53 am

    September of 1974 while performing with the Libby high school marching band at our homecoming game, Scott high band opened the halftime show with that’s the way of the world, I had heard a few earth wind and fire songs ( mighty mighty, we have all the flowers gone, keep your head to the sky), but wow….I instantly became an earth wind and fire fan. Throughout the years many earth wind and fire songs touched me deeply ( be ever wonderful, imagination, spirit, I write a song, September, here today gone tomorrow, pure gold) to name a few. I first saw earth wind and fire live at the Cincinnati jazz fest in 1997….wow….I have seen you guys several times since. Thanks to YouTube and recorded live shows I have had the chance to see Maurice. As a musician in a jazz band (key2k) we play several earth wind and fire songs, but that’s the way of the world is still (til this day) my favorite.
    Thank you Maurice White & Earth Wind and Fire…..God bless you all
    PS. Thanks Phillip for the bio (shinning star)….loved it

  • Richard Johnson | Apr 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    First of all, thank God for His work through such a special creative in Mr. Maurice White. To the family, and the band. I’m very sorry for your loss of Brother Maurice White. We all will miss him. You all have my prayers for God’s comfort and strength upon you.
    As for me, I grew up on Earth Wind & Fire about around 1975 or 77. I remember a few of the early albums like: ‘Last Days and Time’, ‘Head To The Sky’, ‘That’s The Way Of The World’, and ‘Open Our Eyes’. Every since I first heard Maurice’s style of various mixed music genres, the spirit filled messages he added, and that Kalimba; Wow!: I’ve been hugely inspired by him up to these days!
    When I learned of Maurice’s passing, it left me a little numb. I felt the same when I found out about his illness years ago, and realized when it prevented him from touring with EWF. I later wondered if the guys could carry on with out their Founder. Well, Verdine, Phillip, and Ralph alone with the various talented musicians have been ‘holdin it down’ for years now! Keep ‘sending a message’ of LOVE to the world; Just as ‘Reese’ did; We all still need it. *RIP of GOD, ‘Reese’.

  • David Strother | Apr 18, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I remember when I first hear the music that Maurice and the members off Earth Wind and Fire was putting up (they were putting it up not down), The positive direction and influences that came with it change my life instantly for the better. This is the reason I was not destroyed by the self-centered music that was former and latter to what Maurice was putting up. I am great full for who every wrote “Sounds never dissipate, they only re-create in another space and time”. So will you Maurice. Thank You Profoundly.

  • Michael Swart | Apr 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Dear EWF,

    When I was 19 years old in 1998, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. After 2.5 years and over 400 chemotherapies, 16 spinal taps and 9 bone-marrow aspirations, my last chemotherapy was on September 21st, 2000. My nurses sang me a song of celebration to the tune of your music.

    So, yes, I do remember the 21st night of September – Never a cloudy day!

    Thank you Mr. White and EWF for being vessels of life and love and for sharing your gifts with the world. Maurice was with us all in spirit last night as we grooved last night at MSG in NYC!

    Much Love,

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