Fred White, Earth, Wind & hearth drummer, lifeless at sixty seven - CNN

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Fred White, a drummer for classic '70s superband Earth, Wind & hearth, has died, in keeping with an Instagram put up from his older brother and former bandmate, Verdine White. He was sixty seven.

Verdine White wrote on Instagram on Sunday, "Our family is saddened nowadays with the loss of an awesome and talented family member, our loved brother Frederick Eugene 'Freddie' White."

Verdine White known as his brother a "newborn protégé" and recognized him as an "fashioned" founding member of Earth, Wind & fire "with gold statistics on the young age of sixteen years historical."

"but greater than that," Verdine White persisted, "at domestic and beyond he became the impressive bro that become all the time pleasing and delightfully mischievous!"

particulars about the explanation for death had been no longer automatically attainable. CNN has reached out to the band's representatives.

The band's reliable Instagram account also posted a memorial tribute to Fred White, sharing a clip of a drum solo all the way through Earth, Wind & hearth's Tour of the realm at Rockpalast in Essen, Germany in 1979.

Philip Bailey, certainly one of Earth, Wind & hearth's usual lead singers, also posted in Fred White's honor, sharing an image celebrating the band's 1980 double Grammy win.

"we will miss you, Freddie," he wrote.

earlier than officially joining Earth, Wind & fire, Fred White toured and performed drums as a baby for Donny Hathaway, playing on his album "reside."

With the band, Fred White received six Grammys and was nominated a total of 13 times, scoring trophies for most useful R&B instrumental efficiency for his or her 1979 song "Boogie Wonderland" as smartly as the identical award for 1977's "Runnin'."

In 2000, Earth, Wind & fire changed into inducted into the Rock & Roll corridor of reputation.

"Earth, Wind & fire took jazz, soul, gospel, pop and more and wrapped them in one psychedelic, mystical kit," the tune establishment's introduction to band's induction states. "Few organizations were as imaginative yet liked by way of critics and audiences as EW&F."

The hall of fame additionally described how the band "solidified the growth of black album song within the Seventies," recounting how Earth, Wind & fireplace scored six consecutive double-platinum albums and became recording business Columbia statistics' bestselling R&B band of all time.

Most these days, Fred White labored on Diana Ross's 2021 album "thanks."

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