Funk legend Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire dead at 74

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NEW YORK: Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose feel-good funk anthems packed arenas, broke down racial barriers and made him among his generation’s best-selling artists, has died. He was 74. The band sold close to 100 million albums, ranking among the most successful acts of the 1970s, on the back of hits such as “September,” “Shining Star,” “After the Love Has Gone,” and “Boogie Wonderland.” White’s death is the latest among a string of prominent musicians who have passed away since the start of 2016. White, who suffered for years from Parkinson’s disease, forcing him to stop touring, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother and a representative for the band said.

AFP

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