Maurice White
1941 - 2016
Please take a moment to tell us what Maurice White meant to you.
  • Raymond Griffin | Dec 6, 2019 at 8:24 am

    As a young man in high school “1977-1979” it was Earth Wind & Fire that kept me reaching and searching for answer’s and truth. But the founder kept me holding on no matter what happened! Maurice White taught me and inspired me to to keep “Happy Feelings”, not just on the inside but outside as well. He explained how it shows up ” On your Face” he help me to understand that Love truly is written “In the Stone” and all that God has loved me through, Mr. White help me understand “That’s the Way of the World” because of him I was a part of the group Mind, Body & Soul. Wanting to be just like the late Great Maurice White!!! Thank you so much for your life, your words, music and legacy will stay with me forever and I’ll always “Be Ever Wonderful”
    LOVE YOU SIR! RIP

  • Priscilla Rancier | Dec 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Maurice to me was soul and life! We miss you!

  • Toni Johnson | Jan 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Loved, loved, loved Maurice White and EWF from my late teens to now in my mid-60’s. As a minister, I could still listen to their soulful sounds and not feel guilty. When I heard him singing “Eternal Life” with Donnie Hawkins, I knew he had tapped into the real Answer! Though I still feel sad at his passing, I believe his to be a life well-lived, and his gift to the world, his music with EWF will live on, passed from generation to generation! Rest in Heaven, Maurice!

  • Richard Drayton | Jan 27, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    I have seen and heard people claiming to be the biggest ewf fan but truth is I am (in my opinion) the…biggest fan ever. In the mid 70’s (at age 15) I entered a yoga program. I learned much about life but felt I needed constant spiritual guidance. This came in the form of Earth Wind & Fire and especially Maurice White. The fact that Maurice aka avatar-guru delivered guidance via his inspiration. I enrolled at the Chicago Conservatory in 1977 as Maurice did earlier. I enrolled as a percussionist (conga drum). I have played them for many years and become quite proficient. I know the words 99% of all ewf songs. I sing falsetto and baritone I sing ewf songs everyday. My wife constantly says the band is missing a member. I do a mean Maurice White and Phillip Bailey. Maurice White’s vision songs and lyrics has guided my entire existence to date. I often cry cause he passed before I met him and cry cause I feel I may pass before meeting any of them. I still cry for Maurice (MOE). If anyone deserves a place in heaven it is him. In closing, I must ask. Was the Band at an early stage called “Brothers of Distinction “ ?..Love you MOE. You will live on in my heart when I sing your songs and play the Conga Drums…..EVERYDAY…!

  • Rhonda Pigford | Feb 1, 2020 at 2:00 am

    Shine on…fly high with the eagles, guide us all to be Shining Star.
    RIP

  • K Cross | Feb 2, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    My first encounter with EWF was when I was 13 years old, in Colorado Springs and listening to music with my first girlfriend. Reasons was playing on the radio and I thought I would be in love for ever with that you lady. Thank you Maurice for the many years of great music and inspiration. Have always been can will continue to be one your greatest fans. Love from the heart Earth Wind And Fire.

  • Ronald L. Sr. Higgins | Feb 13, 2020 at 7:37 am

    My Uncle Short (Alfred Dixon Jr.) introduced me to EWF by giving me the Open Our Eyes album back in 1974. This band has been a very intimate part of my life every since, I’ve seen them in concert 7 times. First time was in 1977 in Madison Sq Garden with the Emotions prior to me going into the Marine Corps. In the late 80’s, they came to Okinawa Japan, and put on a 2 day show (FREE)!! I happened to see Maurice White walking back from Gate 2 street (Kadena AFB) with his production manager I think. I managed to get out of my vehicle and speak to him briefly and shake his hand and get his autograph which I still have to this day. I found Maurice to be unpretentious and spiritually grounded. Earth Wind & Fire is a very Spiritually uplifting group and has stood the test of time, my Mother would LOVE their music because of the message in the music. I LOVE ALL their songs, every one and whenever they are in New York, I go see them, I never get tired of listening to them. GOD BLESS ALL OF THE FORMER AND CURRENT BAND MEMBERS. Ronald L. Higgins Sr. Kingston, NY

  • Stanley Hawkins | Mar 27, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    The voice of my childhood . Point blank. Still listen to this day. Every single day

  • Fabio | Apr 7, 2020 at 2:13 am

    absolutly the best Group i ever heard, Thanks for all Maurice

  • Vauna Kimball | Apr 21, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    How I loved the band EWF. I will never forget the first time I saw them live in concert in my hometown of Richmond, VA as a teenager at the Richmond Coliseum. This was one of the best bands in the world. Maurice White was so talented. He did it all. Singer, songwriter, musician. I loved his voice. So sorry to hear of his death. Such a huge loss to the music world. RIP Mr. White. I will never forget how happy your music made me.

  • John Hinckley | May 3, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    As long as I’m alive so is Maurice is also. I will play his music for any kid that comes around my children.

  • Vincent Harris | May 6, 2020 at 11:39 am

    At home in Lebanon, Tennessee Maurice White and EWF were the people’s choice for easy listening, parties, and meditation. I never got to see Maurice White live. EWF came to Middle Tennessee State one homecoming, but I played football and we were on curfew. Anyway, loved the passion, presentation, and power of the incomparable, Maurice White!

  • Wilma Whitfield | May 6, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    There are no words to express what Maurice has meant to me. I have been a fan since 1973. What an absolute genius who the world was made better because of him and his genius. People always try to describe what EWF’s music is. I call it “precision funk”. That is Maurice’s attention to every detail, the horns, the drums and of course Philip Bailey’s wonderous voice. I did not want to think about him passing because it would mean thinking about all those times that I stared at the albums while listening to the music. It is so apart of me that it is painful to think that Maurice passed before anyone in the Fire. To me they are so intertwined that one should not leave this planet without the other.

    But, God has blessed us through Philip, Verdine and Ralph to always remember this wonderful, fierce soul that is Maurice White. There will never be any group, ensemble, producer, writer or vocalist that will ever do it better. BOW DOWN TO THE FIRE!
    I will forever love you. As Maurice always says… “PEACE”

  • Oli Nguyen | May 8, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Maurice White was THE Master…I`m from Germany and i love EWF since I´m 10 years old. Now I`m 52 and I can say…EWF forever!!!

  • Lisa Murfitt | Jun 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    His voice instilled in me a devotion to his music, from the age of 16 to this day. I was the only one of my social group as a teenager who loved the EWF sound. I soon opened everyone’s eyes to the magic of Maurice and the amazing arrangements he created. I was not lucky enough to see him live but I always honour his life, every year, on 4 February. Xx

  • Juan J. Hinojosa | Jul 9, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire, along with all its other members were the music of my teenage youth back in the mid to late 70’s and into the 80’s and 90’s as well. I can’t begin to express what their music meant (and means) to me. It was, and still is, music that touches my very soul. The musical tunes, lyrics and heartfelt expression defines everything that is great and wonderful about humanity – imagination, hope, honesty, purity, compassion, forgiveness, self-giving, self-sacrificing, and just plain Life and LOVE for one another and the world we are blessed to live in. It has been said that singing is the truest form of worship and I strongly believe that it is. Maurice’s singing and self expression was in my opinion one to the greatest example of a man expressing his true love and gratitude towards our heavenly father and creator.

  • Kathleen Miller | Jul 28, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Earth,Wind and Fire, Sang to the world about God and Jesus, about leading with LOVE, about kindness, about believing for the best, can you imagine how different the world would be today if our children and there children could have grown up on this music???

  • Carlton R. Pope | Aug 3, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    The Passing of Maurice White for me was a milestone in so many ways…..One of my own reality of life and how time stops for none of us, and in tandem of my youth in the 70’s amazed of the Gifts of EWF…..How a musical vision and purpose defied the odds….Forever inspired and eternally grateful to GOD the gift that was EWF and its Visionary Founder……

  • Jan Axel Dulin | Aug 8, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Ment all to me, emotions, my music interest, love this man and the groupe

  • Lester Butler Jr | Aug 27, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Earth Wind And Fire, are and will always be eternal and essential, the real brick house of wonderful music….

  • Anea | Sep 21, 2020 at 6:41 am

    I’m 38 years young so I was born after the height of EWF…but my dad lived and breathed this group as a whole. If I didn’t learn every song word for word from my dad. I see my father when I see Maurice. My father lives through the music and the sound. In 2020, I still listen to EWF whenever I feel the need to be with my dad. I thank the entire band for that. The music you have given this world will never get old and cannot be replaced. Maurice and the entire band will live on forever, just as my father has because of you!

  • Marcia Dunbar | Sep 21, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Maurice and EW&F helped me through some tough times the music the messages. I still turn to their music in times of stress, joy and just life. Always feel better after a EW&F session!

  • Greg cook | Sep 23, 2020 at 12:26 am

    What a beautiful idea thank you for putting this tribute page together. Maurice white is a legend and his music and love is timeless. What a gift.

  • Chiel Meijering | Oct 10, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    the dynamics he created with his voice are amazingly beautiful and expressive, the music is created so well and smart and gives every individual in the band a moment to shine. The music has influenced me up till today in my own writing, treatment of brass, bass, vocals and rhythm. Best band ever.

  • Terry Felder | Oct 21, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    EWF music is timeless, saw them numerous times with Maurice White out front, Verdine slapping that bass, and Phillip Bailey doing his thing. I can still see them everytime I listen, or watch a video.

  • Paul Lavalliere | Oct 25, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Truly a musical genius…..created a band that just blew people away….listen to you guys every day and helps me wind down like you wouldn’t believe….keep the music playing in heaven Maurice there’s no better way to walk through the Pearly Gates then to be hearing some Classical
    Earth, Wind and Fire….RIP Maurice and thank you to the band members who made this possible….God Bless Guys!!!

  • charleyt1949 | Nov 9, 2020 at 11:46 am

    He was a genius……………..Love Him!!!!!

  • Clifford Taylor IV | Nov 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Today is November 16, 2020. I wrote 5 years ago when I was 16 after hearing about the passing of Maurice. Here I am now, 21 years old, a senior in college and still love Earth, Wind & Fire just as much as I did when I was just a 4 year old in North Carolina listening to the Eternal Dance. Maurice, your voice still remains powerful in my spirit and EWF’s music always gets me through anything and everything. God Bless you Maurice! Still miss you dearly.

  • Dennis Clouser | Nov 27, 2020 at 6:05 am

    Thank you for Earth Wind & Fire……. First time I heard you, I was in high school. Our band director had an awesome stereo set up in the band room. He put on Fantasy on the turntable and I was hooked! Incredible music that shaped my life.

  • Avi Vohra | Dec 8, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    He was an amazing singer and he inspired me through his energetic, truthful, and beautiful music. Much Love. RIP King.

  • R. Douglas Haines | Dec 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Maurice was Dean of the music school of my life and Verdine, Phillip, Fred, Al, Andrew, Larry, Ralph, Johnny and Roland were all faculty. I learned how to hear music, I learned how to listen to music, I understood the power of music and music became the passion of my life because of them. I still get goose bumps when the horns first kick in “Jupiter”, the vocal arrangement of “Can’t Let Go”, through all seven plus minutes of “Faces”, and The piano intro of “Yearnin’ Learnin'” just to call out a few. The music is timeless and simply magical. Thank you Maurice for being a positive force in my life yesterday, today and forever. And thanks to all of you for the aural beauty you created together. Respect and Love, Doug.

  • Paco Quintana | Dec 23, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Hi.
    I listened EWF through my life and always enjoyed their music.
    Lately I had difficulties in my personal life (we all do).
    Suddenly the Angel of Maurice and his group appeared from nowhere and everything started to change for teh better.
    Thanks folks.
    Thanks angel Maurice

  • G. Zorbss | Dec 29, 2020 at 6:24 am

    I wish we could hear music like this more often on the big radio stations in 2021. Thank you for creating so many great memories with your talents and your music.

  • Guus Hanegraaf | Mar 8, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    EWF was my first concert at 2 November 1988 in Rotterdam Ahoy the Netherlands. What a show, how great music and what a extremely and tremendous atmosphere there was in the crowd. I still remember the opening and the band appearing on stage with explosions and suddenly be there. The great drumsolo with the drum sticks in the air, the song fantasy and yes of course the song that’s the way of the world with the crowd going ‘olé olé’ and maurice saying ‘I like that, what’s the name for that’. This concert for me was never bettered by anything I saw until today. I saw ewf two years later in 1990 again and I believe with maurice for the last time. It’s just such a shame maurice isn’t there anymore and the world got to see to little of him since 1993. You are still cherished brother. To the other ewf brothers please come to the Netherlands after COVID again and I will surely see you. Very much looking forward to that and in making some new memories. Keep up the good work Philip. I often watch covers on YouTube and it is really funny to see people struggle to sing your songs. #keep swinging, I’ll keep dancing.

  • Christine Timmon | Mar 8, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Maurice White is my Spiritual music guide for nearly 60 Years! Maurice great exotic music guided me through nuclear fusion
    Engineering of equations for a nuclear
    Power Plant computer and government legislation and engineering of equipment
    For the Viet nam war! Today Maurice is
    With me in current constitutional laws
    That I institute against bad government
    Policies that are unconstitutional!

  • Mark A JACKSON | Mar 15, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Though many other EWF songs are great the one that says it all as it pertains to Mr. White and the EWF legacy “That’s The Way of The World”. Every word, note, harmony, instrument, lyric,… Add his Emotions wrote/produce hit, “Flowers”. I am so grateful I was coming of age during his (and EWFs) Reign.

  • Arnold W. McClain | Apr 4, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    My name is Arnold McClain – where my wife of 47 years introduced me to EWF, back in 1972, while enlisted in the US Air force; EWF was the first LIVE concert I’ve ever had attended and my al-time FAVORITE musical group. To date, we must have attended over 15+ concerts over the past 40 years… and my ultimate favorite song is “That’s the Way of the World,” that reminds me of living, laughing and enjoying life; so grateful for Maurice White as the founder (of the band) and his supporting cast of current group members. God Bless, EWF!

  • Noyana Middleton | Apr 4, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    The legacy Mr White left on music is transcendental. His voice is instantly recognizable. The album covers were ALWAYS trying to tell us our story. You are missed something awful.

  • Elena Ascanio | Apr 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I listen EWF music since I was in highschool, 35 years ago. I love their music from the very first time. Maurice was a genius, thanks for the beautiful songs that come from the heart. Greetings and hugs for all of you, from Lima, Perú.

  • Shirley Joseph | Apr 8, 2021 at 10:21 am

    I have been a fan my whole life – born 1967- I know every single song word for word – I know only 1 person who is a much bigger fan and he turns 60 this year in 4 September – how do I get a personalised autograph for Peter on any merchandise or Album special hits ?
    We live in New Zealand

  • TOMMY ESQUIBEL | Apr 9, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Hello’ It was staggering and tremendous when I heard Maurice passed. I watch non stop EWF videos almost daily. I miss Maurice…

  • Amsterdam | May 13, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Thank You Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire. RIP Maurice White.

  • Heather Traylor | Jun 13, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve been a fan since the 70’s. My mother introduced me to the remarkable experience of of everything that embodies music to me. The peace in the lyrics, the voices in harmony, the funk in the music that made you move, groove, and feel the love. What a voice!

  • Larry Donat | Jul 1, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Maurice White was one of the Musical geniiuses of my generation. His music will live long after we’ve all have passed from this life to the next. RIP Maurice. Thanks for the Music & Memories!

  • Shon Smith | Jul 13, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Earth, Wind, and Fire has been the soundtrack of my childhood and adulthood. Maurice’s voice was a one-of-a-kind soulful sound that you can feel! I was just listening to Fantasy that says you will your voices will ring forever! I believe that Maurice’s voice is timeless and will never be forgotten.

  • Mark Monroe Philpot | Aug 21, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I was privileged to have seen Earth,Wind and Fire at Maurice White’s farewell concert in Memphis. I have followed them since 1975. Their music lifts my spirits and always has. It has that effect on anyone who hears it as it appeals to people of all ages and races. It is the music that I will always listen to for the rest of my life. It hurt my feelings when I heard of his death. I am saddened by his passing, but his spirit lives in the other members!

  • Peter Tagg | Sep 21, 2021 at 9:18 am

    One of the greatest frontmen of all time! An absolute genius.

  • Juanita Bridgeforth | Sep 23, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    I remember the first time I went to a concert but EWF was the opening act in Nashville, TN. Had us going and if I not mistaken you were though but the crowd wanted more and you gave. I been in love with group ever since. Marice White what can I say. Every song and lyric he spoke was of love, peace, and well being. I am very thankful that you are continuing the group. My sister and I and a friend, and my six month old baby boy (I didn’t have anyone to keep him) and I remember Verdine playing the drums and he was lifted up in the air and a big cloud of smoke came and Lord have mercy he was playing the bass guitar. So I Juanita Bridgeforth and my sister Connie Brown will be at the October 17 concert. It been so long. oh, bye the way my son is 46 now. God bless you Earth, Wind and Fire. You are a shinning star.

  • Kevin Paige | Sep 30, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    What’s that indescribable thing about an Earth, Wind & Fire record? The secret ingredient was something that Maurice White knew how to do better than anyone else. Maurice knew how to put “love” on tape. You can’t teach it, you can’t imitate it, you can’t force it, but you know when it’s there, because the music fills your heart. Thank you Maurice. As a child, I would stare at the speakers, mesmerized by the magical love that was coming out of the speakers and permeating my heart. The arrangements kept me spellbound. You not only taught me everything I needed to know about music, you shown a light in my heart that would be an addiction that I would pursue for a lifetime. The pursuit of all things love and light. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m forever grateful for your contribution to humanity. Your music literally makes the world a better place.

  • Janet Robinson | Oct 13, 2021 at 6:06 am

    My first concert was at 17. I’m loving the new EWF lineup. “Every Now and Then” a tribute to Maurice White. How we miss his iconic voice. Looking to hear these EWF songs in concert “Guiding Lights, Sign On, My Promise, Love is Law. ” Wonderland, Why, Never. Sooooo many hits we love almost 50 years later! Love you EWF! Gob bless.

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