Do You Remember? The Passing of Maurice White

One of the best aspects of coming of age in the 70s was there weren’t cameras everywhere to record various petty crimes.

Wait, that’s not what I meant.

One of the best parts of growing up in the 70s was the quality and variety of music (and let’s be honest, some terrible as well). We used to buy records at Target for a few bucks. This was back before Target sold designer garden tools and hip clothes hangers.

In one record haul, I’d have heavy metal, funk, folk rock, hard rock, pop and soul albums. I bought as many funk and R&B albums as rock music.

One of my favorite bands was Earth, Wind and Fire. I remember going to see them in 1978 at Iowa State University. It was a crazy great show, and it lasted so long I couldn’t believe it. If only I could last that long.

So it was sad to hear about the passing of Maurice White. It’s amazing how one person and one group can make such an impact on the world. Thanks, Maurice.


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