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Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

Never mind George Clinton: Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White brought funk to the masses

"Earth, hot air and no fire."

That's how George Clinton, founder of influential funk groups Funkadelic and Parliament, famously critiqued the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire in 1975.

Insulting? Sure, but the Los Angeles band's founder, Maurice White, died Thursday knowing that Clinton was wrong. He and Earth, Wind & Fire left a body of elemental work that rendered such an assessment moot.

That P-Funk indictment was part of a rant during "Let's Take It to the Stage." As a hardened groove plowed...

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