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

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

“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 wrote.

“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 was one of the original Earth, Wind & Fire band members, and was significant in creating some of their biggest hits, including ‘September,’ ‘Boogie Wonderland,’ and ‘Shining Star’.


In 2000, Woolfolk was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, and in 2017, he also made the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

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