Fox News: "Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74."
The very first album (not CD, but the black, round waxy kind) I ever purchased was "All n' All" by Earth, Wind & Fire. I was absolutely blown away by the horn-heavy sound.
Another story: my Led Zeppelin-lovin' classmate once derisively said to me: "Who do you like, Earth Wind & Fire?" And I incredulously responded: Yes. Yes I do.
RIP Maurice. You were the best.