Verdine White is the bassist for Earth, Wind & Fire and the younger brother of band founder Maurice White. White is known for his high energy and dancing while playing his bass guitar during Earth, Wind & Fire concerts.
Verdine was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 25, 1951. His father, Verdine Sr., was a doctor who also played the saxophone. He grew up listening to recordings of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and other jazz musicians. He was also influenced by his two drummer brothers, Fred and Maurice White and by the "Motown sound and the Beatles. When he was 15, he saw a Double bass in his high school orchestra class and then decided that he wanted to play bass.
He soon got a red electric bass and taking the advice of Maurice and his father took private lessons from Radi Velah of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, learning the Bille double bass method[clarification needed] and on weekends he learned the electric bass with Chess Records session bassist and trombonist Louis Satterfield, who would later become a member of Earth, Wind & Fire’s famed horn section, The Phenix Horns