Earth, Wind and Fire’s Sheldon Reynolds has died aged 63

Earth, Wind and Fire’s Sheldon Reynolds has died aged 63

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Sheldon Reynolds, former vocalist and lead guitarist for Earth, Wind and Fire, has died aged 63, his bandmate Philip Bailey announced on Wednesday.

The singer tweeted alongside a photograph of the band during their heyday: “This news of Sheldon Reynolds’ transition is very sad for all of us who knew and worked with him.

“Sheldon vocally had Reese down. Sheldon was an excellent addition to the band, a great writer and producer, and a kind, loving person.

“He will be missed. Our condolences to his family.”

Countless fans have taken to social media to remember the late star. Songwriter Anita B penned: “My true heartfelt condolences to all who loved him. ‘Reasons’ and ‘After the Love has Gone’ were two of my favourites.

“Though I didn’t know him personally, I know that the music of Earth, Wind and Fire touched the heart of many.”

Matthew echoed: “Aw, man…I loved what Sheldon brought to the band, both before and after Maurice got off the round.

“He had such a youthful exuberance and humour about him on stage. And I love his vocals on the In The Name of Love album. This stinks.”

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Sheldon began playing the guitar when he was just eight years old and he got his first career breakthrough when he toured with soul singer Millie Jackson.

In 1983 he became a member of funk band The Commodores. He sang on their 1985 album Nightshift and then played on their United album a year later.

Sheldon then joined Earth, Wind and Fire as a lead guitarist and co-vocalist. He played on Touch The World (1987), The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 2 (1988), Heritage (1990), Millennium (1993) and In The Name of Love (1997).

During his time with the iconic group, he earned a Grammy nomination in 1994 and was inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame.

Sheldon later embarked on a solo career and worked with the likes of Maurice White, Smokey Robinson and Barbara Weathers.

He was previously married to Janie Hendrix, the adopted sister of Jimi Hendrix.

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