Andrew Woolfolk, a saxophonist during the classic days of Earth, Wind & Fire died this past Sunday April 24th after a lengthy illness. He was 71 years old.
Woolfolk played with Earth, Wind & Fire during the height of the band’s popularity from 1973 to 1985. After the band took a brief hiatus, the late Maurice White reconvened Earth, Wind & Fire in 1987. Woolfolk rejoined the band and would stay until 1993.
Woolfolk was also a highly sought after session musician working with the likes of Phil Collins, Level 42, and Stanley Turrentine.
Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire commented on his social media pages: “ 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.”
In 2000, Woolfolk was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Earth, Wind & Fire.
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