Famous musician for “Earth Wind & Fire” and “The Commodores,” Sheldon Reynolds, died at the age of 63.
Former Earth, Wind & Fire bandmate Philip Bailey confirmed Reynolds’ death in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “This news of Sheldon Reynolds transition is very sad for all of us who knew and worked with him,” Bailey wrote. “Sheldon was an excellent addition to the band, a great writer and producer, and a genuinely kind and loving person. He will be missed,” Bailey wrote
Sheldon Reynolds of Earth, Wind & Fire and the Commodores Dead at 63 https://t.co/hpmiEAMbpB
— People (@people) May 25, 2023
Bailey shared some insights into Sheldon’s artistic contributions.
“Sheldon vocally had Reese down. That’s what Maurice said when he hired Sheldon to share vocals and play guitar,” he said. “Rest in Peace.” Bailey closed off his message by saying he was “Listening to Sunday” as he mourned such a significant loss.
Reynolds began his musical career in the 70s and enjoyed a brief stint with the band Sun before he became a member of The Commodores in 1983, according to People. He played an integral role in the development of the 1977 hits, “Easy” and “Brickhouse,” which catapulted the band into national superstardom.
The talented artist remained with the band that featured Lionel Richie as the frontman for four years and won an Grammy award for the group’s hit, “Nightshift.” The band went on to win best RYB performance by a duo or group with vocals in 1985, according to People.
Reynolds then joined Earth, Wind & Fire.
Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist Sheldon Reynolds dead at 63 https://t.co/6mPwshOv0M pic.twitter.com/OSefJRlmMA
— New York Post (@nypost) May 24, 2023
He was honored by being inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame along with the rest of the band.
The band then earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Reynolds’ death comes just three months before the band is set to take the stage once again, this time with fellow R&B legend Richie, 73, ” according to People.(RELATED: ‘Saved By The Bell’ Actor Dead At Age 90)
Famous artists and fans alike are sharing their condolences online as they mourn the loss of a talented soul that was taken too soon.