Maurice White

Maurice White was an American musician who, as a founding member of the RB group Earth, Wind Fire, won six Grammys, and was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, White took an early ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Music (38)

Barbershop: The Next Cut 2016 (Movie)

("September") (Song)

The Nice Guys 2016 (Movie)

("September") (Song)

I Am Ali 2014 (Movie)

("Best Of My Love") (Song)

Last Vegas 2013 (Movie)

("September '99 (James Egbert Remix)") (Song)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

"That's The Way Of The World" (Song)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

"Let's Groove" (Song)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 (Movie)

"Let's Groove" (Song)

Meet Dave 2008 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song)

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song)

Dan in Real Life 2007 (Movie)

"September '99" - Phats & Small Remix (Song)

Killer of Sheep 2007 (Movie)

("Reasons") (Song)

Babel 2006 (Movie)

("September") (Song)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

("Best of My Love") (Song)

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

("September") (Song)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("Fantasy") (Song)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

("Reasons") (Song)

The Ringer 2005 (Movie)

("September") (Song)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song)

Love Don't Cost a Thing 2003 (Movie)

("Reasons") (Song)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song)

Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song)

Drumline 2002 (Movie)

("In The Stone") (Song)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

("Why") (Music Producer)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

("Why") (Song)

Undercover Brother 2002 (Movie)

("What Ever Happened To?") (Song)

Dancing in September 2001 (Movie)

("Bad Tune" "Gratitude" "September" "Reasons" "Singasong") (Song)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

("Shining Star") (Song)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

("Best of My Love") (Song)

Slam 1998 (Movie)

("Sunshine") (Song)

The Waterboy 1998 (Movie)

songs("Let's Groove" "Best of My Love") (Song)

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

("September") (Song)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

song producer("Cruisin'") (Song)

Caddyshack II 1988 (Movie)

("Turn On (The Beat Box)") (Song)

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

song executive producer("All Dressed Up (Ready to Hit the Town)") (Song)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Armed and Dangerous 1986 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

That's the Way of the World 1974 (Movie)

(Music)
Actor (6)

When Disco Ruled The World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

Earth, Wind and Fire in Concert 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

That's the Way of the World 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Maurice White was an American musician who, as a founding member of the R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, won six Grammys, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, White took an early interest in music. As a child he would travel with his grandmother to Chicago, whose thriving blues music scene inspired the young Maurice to want to make music for a living. In his early teens White relocated to Chicago and began studying music at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He quickly took an interest in drumming and began honing his craft by playing at nightclubs throughout the Windy City. Then in the mid-'60s White was offered a steady gig as a session drummer at Chicago's legendary blues label Chess Records. While working for Chess, White had the opportunity to play with some of the biggest names in blues, including Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. However, White longed to write and record his own music, so in the late '60s he packed his bags and moved to Los Angeles where he formed the R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. As a founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire White was essentially the group's leader and primary producer in the studio, and was responsible for the group's enormous success in the '70s and '80s. It was during Earth, Wind & Fire's peak period that the group won six Grammys, while selling nearly 100 million records. Some of the group's hit songs during this period included such classics as "September," "Fantasy" and "Let's Groove." By the late 1980s the group's popularity waned, but White continued to write and produce most of Earth, Wind & Fire's songs. In 1987 White was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which forced him to retire from touring with the band in the mid-1990s. Although he still remained relatively active on the business end of the band, White made few public appearances in the years that followed. On February 3, 2016 Maurice White died peacefully in his sleep after a long fought battle with Parkinson's, thus leaving behind one of the greatest music legacies of the Twentieth Century. He was 74.

Milestones

2000

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Earth, Wind & Fire

1994

Retired from Earth, Wind & Fire

1979

Was nominated for Producer of the Year at the Grammys

1970

Released Earth, Wind & Fire's self-titled debut album

1968

Founded the R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire

Bonus Trivia

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As a session drummer for Chicago's Chess Records in the mid-1960s, White played with a number of legendary blues musicians, including Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters.

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White had to stop touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in the late 1980s after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

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As a founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire, White was inducted, along with his fellow bandmates, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

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