2016 claims another music icon.
Maurice White, the co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died following a long battle with Parkinson’s. White was diagnosed in 1992 but the disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring with the band. Although Maurice wasn’t touring anymore, he remained involved in the decisions regarding the band.
The band had a string of hits, including “Let’s Groove,” “Shining Star,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “After the Love has Gone.” White had a solo hit in 1985 with a cover of “Stand By Me.”
In 2000, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and are set to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 15.