Earth, Wind & Fire
were not disco. These were guys putting down some great grooves with real
instruments, and their horn section was killer. The man who wrote the songs and
guided the group was Maurice White. The group had so many hits, so many great
Up until a couple of
years ago, I was unaware of White’s contribution to the Chicago music scene in
the 1960s, and I was pleasantly shocked to learn that he played the drums on
Fontella Bass’s “Rescue Me.” There’s a career alone in those beats.
It was sad to read of
his Parkinson’s, which robbed him of being able to perform with the group for
over two decades. He continued to do some work in the studio, but he lost his
battle with the cruel disease. White was one of the good ones. He'd been in my
pool for several years and I'm sad that he's off my list now.