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​Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk has died aged 71

The musician had suffered from a “serious illness” for several years

  • Gemma Ross
  • 27 April 2022
​Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk has died aged 71

Tributes from around the world have been pouring in for Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk, who passed away earlier this week aged 71.

According to bandmate Philip Bailey, Woolfolk had been suffering from a serious illness for “six years”. The musician shared the sad news on Monday, April 25.

“I met him in High School, and we quickly became friends and bandmates. Andrew Paul Woolfolk was his name. We lost him today, after being ill of over 6 years,” Bailey shared.

“He has Transitioned on to the forever, from this Land of the dying to the Land of the Living. Great memories. Great Talent. Funny. Competitive. Quick witted. And always styling. Booski… I’ll see you on the other side, my friend.”

Andrew Woolfolk joined the ‘70s-formed group Earth, Wind & Fire during their prime years from 1973 to 1985, contributing to iconic tracks such as ‘September’, ‘Let’s Groove’, and ‘Boogie Wonderland’.

The late saxophonist later rejoined the band after a two-year hiatus in 1987, and continued adding to the legacy of the funk and soul outfit until 1993.

Along with the rest of the group, Andrew Woolfolk was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 after some 31 years creating music.

The Rock Hall paid tribute to the late musician yesterday after receiving the news, alongside a video of the group performing at their induction ceremony. “Andrew Woolfolk’s expressive saxophone playing was a key contribution to the boldly experimental sound of Earth, Wind & Fire,” they said.

“The band forever changed the face of rock & roll, bringing together thrilling music with uplifting messages of Black pride and spiritual unity.”

Read more tributes to the late musician below:

Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

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