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

 "Great memories. Great Talent"

Andrew Woolfolk, saxophone player with Earth, Wind & Fire has died, aged 71.

His bandmate Phillip Bailey broke the news this week (April 25) on social media, saying Woolfolk passed after a long illness.

He wrote: “Met him in High School, and we quickly became friends and band mates. Andrew Paul Woolfolk was his name. We lost him today, after being ill of over 6 years.

“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.”

 

Woolfolk first joined the band in 1972 and played with them until 1985. He later re-joined the band when they returned from a break in 1987 and played with them until 1993.

Bailey, who had known Woolfolk since school, asked him to play with the group after the departure of Ronnie Laws.

Woolfolk’s time with Earth, Wind & Fire covered much of their most acclaimed material, including hits ‘September,’ ‘Shining Star,’ and ‘Boogie Wonderland.’

Woolfolk was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the band in 2000.

Outside of his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Woolfolk was a session musician and touring payer for artists including Phil Collins, Level 42, and Deniece Williams.

You can see some of the tributes to Woolfolk here:

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