SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Maurice White, founder of the band Earth Wind & Fire has died. He was 74.

White died at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

READ MORE: South Bay Congressman Welcomes Afghan Refugees Arriving in Fremont

A talented session drummer, he founded the group in the 60s which would become one of the most influential bands of the era, selling more than 90 million albums worldwide.

White will be remembered as the artist who helped create chart-topping hits like ‘That’s the Way of the World,’ ‘September,’ ‘Shining Star,’ and ‘After the Love Has Gone.’

READ MORE: 4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Los Angeles

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of Fame. writer, producer Jan Mabry is also executive producer and host of The Bronze Report. She lives in Northern California. Follow her on Twitter @janmabr.

MORE NEWS: San Francisco Mayor Defends Criticism After Video Catches Her Dancing Maskless at Night Club