Earth, Wind & Fire were one of music’s most groundbreaking acts throughout the 1970s. The band combined genres, experimented with sounds, and sold a ton of records. Andrew Woolfolk was the saxophonist who helped make it all happen. Sadly, Andrew’s bandmate Philip Bailey announced today that Woolfolk has passed away.

Andrew Woolfolk was 71 years old. The cause of his death was not announced. Bailey noted in his Instagram post that Andrew had been ill for over six years.

“I 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.”

Andrew joined the band in 1972 and remained with Earth, Wind & Fire until 1985. After a short break, he rejoined the group from 1987 to 1993. He was there for such memorable hits as “Evil,” “Let’s Groove,” and “Shining Star.” His musicianship and performances have been enjoyed by tens of millions of fans. Everyone at Thirsty sends out our heartfelt condolences to all of those touched by the music and life of Andrew Woolfolk.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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