Chicago born drummer Fred White best known for being one of the early members in the pioneering disco and funk band Earth, Wind & Fire. He performed on many of the groups biggest hits including ‘September’, ‘Saturday Nite’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and more.
Fred White was one of the Earth, Wind & Fire‘s earliest members and contributed music to several of their top-charting albums and singles, such as September, Boogie Wonderland, Saturday Nite, and Shining Star.
His brother Verdine, who was also a band member, made the announcement of his passing. In a post on Instagram, he paid homage to “He will live in our hearts forever, rest in power beloved Freddie.”
He continued.. “Dearest Family Friends and Fans. Our family is saddened today with the loss of an amazing and talented family member, our beloved brother Frederick Eugene White. He joins our brothers Maurice, Monte and Ronald in heaven and is now drumming with the angels! Child protégé, member of the Earth, Wind & Fire original 9, with gold records at the young age of 16 years old! He was brother number 4 in the family lineup.“
Fred White achieved milestone goals in music at a very young age. He was drumming professionally as a teenager and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 alongside fellow members of Earth, Wind & Fire.