Maurice White

1941 - 2016

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Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 4, 2016) was an American musician, best known as the founder, leader, main songwriter and chief producer of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, also serving as the band's co-lead singer with Philip Bailey. Described as a "visionary" by Vibe and a "mastermind" by Variety, White was nominated for a total of 22 Grammys, of which he won seven. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and was also inducted individually into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice White has received more than 3,421,340 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia. Maurice White is the 521st most popular musician (down from 416th in 2019), the 2,708th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,322nd in 2019) and the 148th most popular American Musician.

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  • 29

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  • 3.28

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  • 3.75

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Maurice White ranks 521 out of 3,175Before him are Igor Oistrakh, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Carlos Puebla, Bernie Taupin, Jason Newsted, and James Taylor. After him are Arthur Grumiaux, Grace Slick, Chris Martin, Verivery, Wes Montgomery, and Joey DeMaio.

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Among people born in 1941, Maurice White ranks 163Before him are Luis Alberto Lacalle, Eleni Karaindrou, Andrés García, Beniamino Stella, Sigmar Polke, and Richard Holbrooke. After him are Reine Wisell, Aldrich Ames, Robert Guéï, Na Moon-hee, Tom Fogerty, and Yuri Norstein. Among people deceased in 2016, Maurice White ranks 137Before him are Franco Citti, Juan Gabriel, Carmen Pereira, Gato Barbieri, Fredrik Barth, and Neville Marriner. After him are Loris Francesco Capovilla, Gordie Howe, Roger Y. Tsien, Arthur Hiller, Chus Lampreave, and Piet de Jong.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Maurice White ranks 2,708 out of 20,380Before him are James Taylor (1948), Richard Brooks (1912), Annie Oakley (1860), Taylor Hackford (1944), Mickey Cohen (1913), and Elgin Baylor (1934). After him are William Joyce (1906), Jef Raskin (1943), Jim Kelly (1946), Edwin Hall (1855), Chuck Lorre (1952), and Grace Slick (1939).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Maurice White ranks 148Before him are Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), Chad Smith (1961), Suzanne Vega (1959), Sonny Boy Williamson I (1914), Jason Newsted (1963), and James Taylor (1948). After him are Grace Slick (1939), Wes Montgomery (1923), Joey DeMaio (1954), Bobby McFerrin (1950), Don Henley (1947), and Van Cliburn (1934).