2/09/2016

Weekly Basslines #171: Fantasy (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Seems like the year 2016 will face the extinction of a whole generation of pop- and rock musicians, because another loss had to be bemoaned last week. On 4th of February Maurice White died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 74.


Maurice, the older brother of  bassplayer Verdine White started playing at the age of 14 in Memphis with his childhood friend Booker T. Jones.
After moving to Chicago by the mid-1960's he was working as a studio drummer for Chess Records recording with artists such as Etta James, Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters or Buddy Guy.
In 1970 he then moved from Chicago to L.A. and founded the nine-piece band Earth, Wind & Fire. He wrote and arranged most of the songs, sang and played the percussions. 1995 he announced to quit touring with the band, because he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

R.I.P. Maurice White


 My transcription is made from the original studio recording, which unfortunately isn't available on youtube.