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Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey remembers Sheldon Reynolds – Billboard

Ex-Earth, Wind & Fire and The Commodores band member Sheldon Reynolds is being remembered by former colleagues as a fine guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a better person.

Reynolds died on Tuesday (23 March) at the age of 63. Sheldon vocally had Reese down,” Bailey wrote in a social post, republished by official EWF accounts.

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That’s what Maurice said when he hired Sheldon to share vocals and play guitar. Sheldon was an excellent addition to the band, a great writer and producer, and a genuinely kind and loving person. he will be missed. Our condolences to his family.

Details surrounding his death have not been formally announced.

Born in Cincinnati, OH on September 13, 1959, Reynolds displayed a gift for the guitar at an early age. He went on tour with singer Millie Jackson, and later joined Sun, recording three albums with the R&B act.

In 1983, he joined Commodore. During a four-year stint with the band, he performed on the 1985 LP night shift and next year’s album release United,

The good times kept rolling when Reynolds joined EWF as lead guitarist and co-vocalist. He went on to play on Soul Band’s LP touch the world (1987), Heritage (1990), Millennium (1993) and In the name of love (1997). medium speed Millennium The hit “Sunday Morning” earned a Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Thanks to Reynolds’ contributions, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2000, and earned a star on the esteemed Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.

Reynolds continued to work on solo projects with Bailey and EWF’s late band leader Maurice White, who died in 2016. His death followed the death of former EWF drummer Fred White in January at the age of 67.

The EWF and Lionel Richie, who led the Commodores until 1983, will embark on a joint tour this August, dubbed Sing a song, all night long

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