Take 2@2 for Friday, February 05th, 2016 we say farewell to Maurice White. White was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in the Southside of the city and one of his childhood pals was Booker T. Booker would go on to have a long career at Staxx Records developing the Memphis sound. When he was a teenager, Maurice White’s family relocated to Chicago. There he would get involved with Chess Records where he worked with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Etta James among many others.
In the late 60’s he relocated a trio he was leading called The Salty Peppers and renamed the group Earth, Wind, & Fire. The legendary band won 6 Grammy Awards and was nominated 14 times, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an NAACP Hall of Fame Award, and four American Music Awards.
In 1975, Earth, Wind, & Fire released the album That’s the Way of the World which included the smash hit “Shining Star.” It was one of the few 70’s funk songs that broke through to American Top 40 and reached number 1 on the Billboard charts.
In 1992, Maurice White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He hasn’t tour with EWF since 1994 but kept active with the business of the band. He passed away, yesterday, at his home in Los Angeles he was 74.
The cover of “Shining Star” is from Robert Randolph and the Family Band from their 2011 release, Live in Concert. The recording also features versions of “Purple Haze,” “Peekaboo,” and “If I Had My Way.”
I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.
– Tad Abbey