Fred White, former Earth, Wind and Fire drummer, dies aged 67

They were one of the most iconic music groups of the eighties and, every time September begins, that tune comes to mind with the good mood that their songs always conveyed. Earth, Wind & Fire, the American band, had to say goodbye on Monday to Fred White, original member of the group, who passed away at the age of 67.

Fred White was the former drummer for Earth, Wind & Fire, a group formed in the late 1960s by White’s brother Maurice, who passed away in 2016 when he was 74. The band was known for its R&B, soul and pop sound, moving into disco in the 1980s, when they had recognizable hits.

‘September’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’…’

The late Fred White was one of the founding members of the group and was the one who put the rhythm in some of their most remembered songs, like ‘September’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’, ‘Saturday Nite’, and ‘Shining Star’.

His death was announced in a publication by Verdine, Fred’s brother and also a member of the group. The brother defined him as “an amazing and talented” musician and sibling.

“Dearest family, friends and fans … Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene ‘Freddie’ White,” began Verdine’s statement.

“He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels! Child protege, member of the EWF ORIGINAL 9, with gold records at the young age of 16 years old! He was brother number 4 in the family lineup.

“But more than that at home and beyond he was the wonderful bro that was always entertaining and delightfully mischievous! And we could always count on him to make a seemingly bad situation more lighthearted!”

Rest in Power

Verdine finished his emotional tribute by insisting that his brother’s memory would live on.

“He will live in our hearts for ever, rest in power beloved Freddie!! We thank you all for your love, blessings and support at this time. Soar high baby bro, we love you to the shining [stars] and back!” said Verdine.