Last night, Maurice White departed our earthly plane for the great Boogie Wonderland in the sky, leaving behind a titanic catalogue of hits, some of which (as one notes below) may have very well scored your very first moments. Yes, we’re all still reeling over here at HQ, but our pained reminiscences are mere whispers compared to the waves of gratitude and admiration pouring out from the music world over the last 12-18 hours.
And so, we’ve gathered some of the most touching salutes and sound-offs below for you to peruse and remember the impact–seismic,the weight–colossal, and the legacy–incomparable, of one Maurice White, founder and principal architect of the legendary, Earth, Wind & Fire. Skim through the remembrances below to find words from Questlove, Quincy Jones, DJ Premier, Q-Tip and plenty more, sending off a shining star, gone far too soon.
Our brother Maurice White passed peacefully in his sleep this morning.
The light is he, shining on you and me. pic.twitter.com/ppWTHKUyG6
— Earth, Wind & Fire (@EarthWindFire) February 4, 2016
Maurice was our cheerleader…..i swear to god I did about 7 drafts and erased it. Look. I just really wanna thank him and thank all the members of #EWF shining that light brighter. You know how hard it is to present Afrocentric Jazz & spiritual positivity in the face of what we had to deal with in the 70s? When times were hard sometimes the only release you had was music. & if it wasn’t Stevie, you were reaching for your #EarthWindAndFire albums. I would get so lost in those records man. Just lose myself. Fav logo ever. The interludes (specially the One after “All Bout Love” (“Steph”) id “pause tape” that minute interlude for 45 mins on cassette—that alone would put me in a positive trance to face another day selling insurance to pay for the Roots demo.–seriously it was either that tape or drugs to ease my mind—I chose the music)–but if you really look at it —-it’s limiting to say #EWF was our black Floyd or the Black Beatles to Pfunk’s Stones—look I’m rambling—I just got done work, working on 3 projects and getting ready for #BowlTrain —but this really hurts man. Maurice really truly made African art so sophisticated & beautiful. —I feel like erasing this and starting again but you know where my heart is. #MauriceWhite A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on
Thoughts & prayers with the family of our dear brother Maurice White. Your contributions to music will be kept in our hearts & souls 4ever.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) February 5, 2016
ONE OF MY BIGGEST INFLUENCES EVER IN MUSIC HAS PASSED….
R.I.P. Maurice White of EARTH, WIND &… https://t.co/cNMBCcbJvs
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) February 5, 2016
Damn all of my Heroes are moving on…. EWF was the blueprint for tribe … R.I.P. To the genius that was Maurice White
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) February 4, 2016
man…..maurice white? i’m trying to come to terms with mortality. i really am. that dude was like my hero. RIP the crown prince of r&b. — RJD2 (@rjd2) February 4, 2016
RIP MAURICE WHITE .LOVE & BLESSINGS TO HIM AND THE FAMILY . EARTH WIND AND FIRE ..ANOTHER SHINING STAR GONE TO BOOGIE WONDERLAND .
— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) February 4, 2016