Earth, Wind & Fire’s Andrew Woolfolk dies aged 71

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April 27, 2022



A prolific saxophonist who shone on some of the band’s biggest hits.

Saxophonist Andrew Woolfolk has died aged 71.

Earth, Wind & Fire frontman Philip Bailey recruited Woolfolk to join the band in 1972, taking over after Ronnie Laws left the band.

Woolfolk remained with the band until their hiatus in 1984, and rejoined the band when their hiatus ended. He remained with the team until 1993.

Alongside his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Woolfolk has also contributed to records by artists such as Phil Collins, Gary Taylor and Deniece Williams.

“I met him in high school, and we quickly became friends and bandmates,” Bailey shared on instagram.

“He made the transition to eternity, from this land of the dying to the land of the living.
Good memories. Great talent. Funny. Competitive. Live spirit. And always stylish.

Woolfolk died on April 24, aged 71, after battling an unnamed illness for more than six years.

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