“私は高校で彼に会いました, and we quickly became friends and band mates,” Bailey began. “Andrew Paul Woolfolk was his name. We lost him today, after being ill of over 6 年.
“He has Transitioned on to the forever, from this Land of the dying to the Land of the Living. Great memories. Great Talent. 面白い. Competitive. Quick witted. And always styling. Booski… I’ll see you on the other side, my friend.”
Woolfolk was a part of Earth, 風 & Fire during some of the band’s most prominent years and contributed to some of its biggest hits, 含む “9月” そして “Boogie Wonderland.”
The band skyrocketed to fame and won six Grammys as a group, selling tens of millions of records during the 70s and 80s.
Woolfolk took a break from the band in the ‘80s and ’90s but made his return in the early 2000s.
During his hiatus, he collaborated with artists like Deniece Williams, Stanley Turrentine, フィル・コリンズ, Twennynine, Philip Bailey and Level 42.
He was a member of 地球, 風 & 火 when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
Woolfolk was notoriously private about his personal life and never disclosed if he was married or had any children.
The band’s early sound was jazzy, but evolved into an exuberant, horn-driven mix of jazz, funk, gospel and big band. That band found success onstage, its concerts a mix of dancing, fog machines, multi-colored lights and glittery costumes. 地球, 風 & Fire performed at the Super Bowl and the White House.