Fred White, drummer for the band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died |

Fred White, drummer for the band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died |

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Fred White, who played drums for the era-defining and genre-defying set Earth, Wind & Fire, has died astatine the property of 67, his member and the set announced connected societal media.

"Our household is saddened contiguous with the nonaccomplishment of an astonishing and talented household member, our beloved member Frederick Eugene 'Freddie' White," wrote his member and bandmate Verdine White connected Instagram connected Sunday. No origin of decease has yet been released.

Fred White was calved successful 1955 successful Chicago into a household of musicians, including older brothers Verdine and Maurice White. He showed endowment astatine the drums aboriginal successful beingness — a "child protégé," his member Verdine said — and adjacent arsenic a teen recovered occurrence playing drums successful Chicago for acts including Donny Hathaway.

"At location and beyond helium was the fantastic bro that was ever entertaining and delightfully mischievous," his member wrote. "We could ever number connected him to marque a seemingly atrocious concern much airy hearted."

In 1970, Maurice moved to Los Angeles and founded Earth, Wind & Fire, and Verdine joined a fewer months later.

A fewer years later, they coaxed their younger member to articulation the radical arsenic a superior drummer.

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Fred White went connected to play the drums for the funk-soul-disco-R&B-fusion set successful its heyday done the mid-1980s, including connected each six albums successful Earth, Wind & Fire's singular tally of consecutive apical 10 records connected the Billboard popular chart.

His choky and energetic beats made up the backbone of hits similar "Shining Star," "Let's Groove" and – of people – the enduring mega-hit "September," which deed No. 8 connected the Billboard Hot 100 erstwhile it was released and has astir 1.2 cardinal streams connected Spotify.

Fred White near the set successful the mid-1980s, though helium continued to execute with different groups implicit the years. In 2000, Earth Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, including Fred arsenic a member.

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