Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White, the renowned Earth, Wind & Fire drummer, died on Sunday (Jan. 1), according to his brother and former bandmate Verdine White. The 67-year-old member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In a statement, Verdine White of EWF said, “Dear Family Friends and Fans….. Our family is grieved tonight with the passing of an incredible and brilliant family member, our dear brother Frederick Eugene “Freddie” White.” He now drums with the angels in heaven alongside our brothers Maurice, Monte, and Ronald.
Verdine continued by mentioning how his brother was a “kid protege” and a founding member of the legendary nine-man Chicago-born band. The bassist of the multi-awarded trio also said that Fred, who he referred to as “brother number 4” in their family line up, had already achieved Gold records at the age of just 16.
But more than that, he was the wonderful brother who was constantly amusing and deliciously cunning at home and everywhere, the speaker said. And we could always rely on him to inject humor into a dire circumstance! Rest in power, darling Freddie! He will live on in our hearts forever.
He wrote, “We appreciate your love, blessings, and support at this time. Soar high, darling brother; we’re proud of you to the [stars emoji] and back!
Earth, Wind & Fire uploaded a drum solo by Freddie from their 1979 Tour of the World performance in Essen, Germany as a mark of respect on their official Instagram account. The video’s caption read, “Rest in love.”
Peers in the music industry, including Sheila E, Lenny Kravitz, Questlove, Nile Rodgers, and others, began leaving condolences in the comment area.
Kravitz said, “Sending my love and heartfelt condolences to you and the family. “I was fortunate to be in his company and fortunate to have been affected by him. real king. Rest in dominance.
Maurice White, a native of Chicago, founded the group in 1969. Since then, the band has undergone a number of lineup changes, including those involving Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Roland Bautista, Robert Brookins, Sonny Emory, Fred Ravel, Ronnie Laws, Sheldon Reynolds, and Andrew Woolfolk.
The band’s timeless singles, such as “September,” “Let’s Groove,” “Shining Star,” “Keep Your Head To The Sky,” and many others, are what have made them so popular.
Out of 17 nominations, Earth, Wind & Fire received six Grammy awards. The band was also collectively inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. EWF is regarded as one of the best musical groups in history.
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