Maurice White, best known as the driving force behind Earth, Wind & Fire, passed away on Wednesday after a lengthy ordeal with Parkinson's Disease. He was 74.
White began his musical career as a session drummer in the early 1960's. You can hear White on drums on Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me".
White had a long standing association with jazz legend Ramsey Lewis. He would join the Ramsey Lewis Trio as its drummer in 1966 after Isaac Holt and Eldee Young left the group to form Young-Holt Unlimited. After three years with Lewis, White left to form what would eventually become Earth, Wind & Fire.
At the height of Earth, Wind & Fire's success, White would reunite with Lewis in the mid-1970's to co-produce three of his albums - Sun Goddess, Don't It Feel Good and my personal favorite Salongo.
White also worked with Deneice Williams and The Emotions.