- NAME: Verdine White
- OCCUPATION: Bassist, Songwriter, Music Producer
- BIRTH DATE: July 25, 1951 (Age: 62)
- Did You Know?: In addition to Maurice White, Verdine White was joined in Earth, Wind & Fire by another brother, drummer Fred White.
- Did You Know?: Barack and Michelle Obama are fans of Earth, Wind & Fire, and asked the band to perform at the first social event of the Obama Administration.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Verdine White has been a member of Earth, Wind & Fire since 1970, and has worked as a bassist and songwriter for the popular R&B group.
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Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1951, Verdine White grew up to be a talented bass player. When he was still a teenager, Maurice White (his older brother) invited him to join Earth, Wind & Fire. Verdine was part of the band as it skyrocketed to success in the 1970s,
"We're family. We respect each other. We're brothers. We love each other. We will be forever joined at the hip because of this music. And it was something that we always felt strong about. And the vision of my brother, Maurice White, putting together the vision and coming up with the idea and letting us be a part of this thing called Earth, Wind & Fire. That's what held us together."
"We've always been spiritual. We're positive people. We write positive lyrics."
and also helped the group reclaim its popularity in the 1990s and 2000s. He has won six Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Verdine White was born on July 25, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. There, he grew up listening to pop, jazz and classical music. His father was a doctor, but Verdine followed in the footsteps of other family members, like his grandfather and his older brother, Maurice White, and pursued music. Over the years, he turned into a talented bass player.
In 1970, Maurice, the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, invited Verdine to join him in Los Angeles, California, and become a member of the group. Verdine stayed in the band as its membership was reconfigured a couple of years later, welcoming newcomers like singer Philip Bailey, guitarist Al McKay and keyboardist Larry Dunn.
Between 1973 and 1983, Earth, Wind & Fire became an immense, chart-topping success. The band melded pop, R&B and other musical influences on a succession of gold and platinum albums, and also received six Grammy Awards. Their concerts were known for impressive feats of showmanship, including Verdine being lifted into the air while he continued to play bass.
After separating for four years—during which time Verdine worked as a producer and directed videos—Earth, Wind & Fire got back together in 1987. Maurice's diagnosis with Parkinson's disease made him withdraw from touring in the 1990s. However, Verdine stayed on the road with Bailey and percussionist Ralph Johnson. Earth, Wind & Fire also played at the White House for both the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Verdine and his fellow band members have received numerous accolades for their work with Earth, Wind & Fire, such as receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1995) and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000). As a songwriter who contributed to many popular Earth, Wind & Fire songs, including "Fantasy," "Serpentine Fire" and "That's The Way of The World," Verdine also joined the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Verdine is married to Shelly Clark, who was a member of the 1970s girl group Honey Cone.
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