The nation’s weddings, bar mitzvahs, high school reunions, and any other event where people of all ages danced were soundtracked by some of the funkiest tunes in pop history thanks to the drumming of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Fred White, who passed away on Sunday. He was 67. His brother Verdine White, the bassist for the group, posted a message about his passing on Instagram.
There was no location or explanation of his death in the announcement. However, during a critical time, from the middle of the 1970s to the beginning of the 1980s, when the band produced much of its most well-known songs, Fred White was a member of Earth, Wind & Fire. He contributed to “Let’s Groove,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Shining Star,” and, most notably, “September,” which Spotify reports had been heard 1.18 billion times on its platform.
People have long been known to get up and dance when the song’s opening bars are played alone. Maurice White, the half-brother of Fred and Verdine, established and served as the leader of Earth, Wind & Fire. Although the band’s music was well-known for its upbeat horn section and soothing vocals, Maurice referred to Earth, Wind & Fire in his 2016 autobiography, “My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire,” as “a band of drummers.”