Sheldon Reynolds, Former Member of Earth, Wind & Fire and The Commodores, Dies at 63

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Sheldon Reynolds, an American guitarist and singer known for his work with Earth, Wind & Fire and The Commodores, has passed away at the age of 63. The news of his death was confirmed by his former bandmate from Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Bailey.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Bailey expressed his sadness over Reynolds’ passing and shared a photo of the band’s greatest hits sheet music book. He praised Reynolds’ exceptional musical talents and mentioned that Maurice White, the founder and frontman of Earth, Wind & Fire, had hired Reynolds for his vocal and guitar skills. Bailey described Reynolds as an excellent addition to the band, a talented writer and producer, and a genuinely kind and loving person. He conveyed his condolences to Reynolds’ family and bid farewell to his dear friend while listening to the band’s Grammy-nominated hit, “Sunday Morning.”


Reynolds began his music career in the 1970s, touring as an opening act for R&B artist Millie Jackson. He then joined the disco and funk band Sun for a short period before becoming a member of The Commodores in 1983. The Commodores achieved great success with hits like “Easy” and “Brickhouse” in 1977. Reynolds stayed with the band for four years, winning his first Grammy for their song “Nightshift” in 1985.

Later, Reynolds joined Earth, Wind & Fire in 1987 after the band’s brief hiatus. During his time with the group, he contributed to several albums and was nominated for a Grammy for the song “Sunday Morning.” He played a significant role in albums such as “Touch the World” (1987), “The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 2” (1988), and “Millenium” (1993). In 1994, he was inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame alongside his bandmates, and the band also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Reynolds’ death comes just ahead of the Sing a Song All Night Long Tour, where Earth, Wind & Fire and Lionel Richie are scheduled to perform together. The tour is set to take place across North America from August to September.

The music industry has lost a talented musician, and Sheldon Reynolds’ contributions to Earth, Wind & Fire and The Commodores will be remembered.

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