Updated 08:06 AM EST, Fri, Mar 05, 2021

Earth, Wind and Fire Founder Maurice White Dies at 74: The Iconic Band's Top 5 Hits & Why

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Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White has bid goodbye to the world at the age of 74, but he will always be remembered for his contributions to the music industry.

The New York Times reported that White died in his sleep late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning as per band publicist Mark Young.

The reason of his death was not revealed, but it has been known that White has struggled with Parkinson's disease since 2000.

It was noted by BBC that the diagnosis was made in 1992, but it got worse in the years that followed. The past few months were said to be the most crucial times in dealing with the disease.

He was not able to join the group's tour beginning in 1994 because of his condition, though he continued to run the business aspect of Earth, Wind & Fire.

In a post on the official Facebook page of the group, White's brother and band member Verdine, announced his passing.

"While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives," said Verdine as he thanked the public for their prayers and support.

White founded the band in 1969 and became a famous act in America in the years that followed.

As per CNN, the EWF's musicality and style has made it more popular among many people.

Below are some of their top hits:

1. "Shining Star"

2. "After the Love has Gone"

3. "September"

4. "Boogie Wonderland"

5. "Let's Groove"

Their songs became hits because the type of music provided inspiration to the world like the 1975 single "Shining Star." The song talks about maintaining hope despite adversities and failures in life.

Some of their hits also provided great disco tunes for people who loved to sing and dance during the 70s and 80s.

CNN also added that White wanted to have a group which could play various music styles but still maintain a sound that was unique to them.

Aside from giving birth to EWF, White also spent his time working with other bands and recording artists, according to Forbes.

It claimed that he also collaborated with singers like Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday.

The work he put into his craft was greatly respected and appreciated by people in the industry. Because of his great contribution to music, Forbes said White claimed seven out of 21 Grammy nominations during his entire career.

EWF was also recognised in 2000 as a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer along with music legends such as Nat King Cole, Eric Clapton and James Taylor.

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