BEAST (August 19, 2022)

Earth, Wind & Fire Member Has Died

Andrew Woolfolk — the longtime saxophonist for Earth, Wind & Fire, and one of the OG members through their historic run — has sadly died.

The veteran musician, who joined EW&F in 1972, passed away Sunday after battling a long illness he’d been afflicted with for at least six years … this according to the band’s lead (falsetto) singer, Philip Bailey.

PB writes, “I met him in High School, and we quickly became friends and band mates. Andrew Paul Woolfolk was his name. We lost him today.”

He goes on to say Woolfolk had transitioned to the ‘forever’ from the land of the living, reflecting on their great memories and his great talent. Phil adds, “Funny. Competitive. Quick witted. And always styling. Booski…  I’ll see you on the other side, my friend.”

Woolfolk was with Earth, Wind & Fire through their most formative and influential years in music — having contributed to some of their biggest hits, including “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Reasons,” “Let’s Groove,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “Sing a Song,” “Fantasy,” “Shining Star,” “After the Love Has Gone,” “Devotion” and many more.

He took a break from the band in the late ’80s and early ’90s — going on to collab with other artists like Deniece WilliamsPhil CollinsStanley Turrentine and others — but reunited with the boys thereafter to perform and tour into the 21st century.

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