Maurice White, co-founder of the band, Earth, Wind & Fire, died on Feb. 4 after fighting a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

White’s evolution as a singer, composer, producer and songwriter, in a career that spanned four decades, impacted the lives of many who followed his life story through song and dance.

And that includes the many HBCU bands that played his songs.

So, let’s take a moment to pay a small tribute to the works of White by honoring him with some video clips of HBCU bands that performed some of his greatest songs.

Clips appear in no particular order

Morehouse, “After the Love Has Gone
From the EWF album, “I Am” (1979)

Florida A&M, “Getaway”
From the EWF album, “Spirit” (1976)

Jackson State, “Can’t Hide Love
From the EWF album, “Gratitude” (1976)

Howard, “Brazilian Rhyme
From the EWF album, “All ‘n All” (1977)

Grambling, “Love is the Greatest Story
From the EWF album, “Millennium” (1993)

Southern, “Got to Get You into My Life
From the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack (1978)
Note: The song was originally written by Paul McCartney and performed by the Beatles, but covered by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Miles College, “Boogie Wonderland
From the EWF album, “I Am” (1979)

Norfolk State, “And Love Goes On
From the EWF album, “Faces” (1980)

Alabama A&M, “Love’s Holiday
From the EWF album, “All ‘n All” (1977)

South Carolina State, “Let’s Groove
From the EWF album, “Raise!” (1981)

Tennessee State, “Fantasy
From the EWF album, “All ‘n All” (1977)

Atlanta A&T, “In The Stone”
From the EWF album, “I Am” (1979)
Note: For those who are unfamiliar with the HBCU landscape, Atlanta A&T doesn’t really exist. It is a fictional school featured in the move Drumline.




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