Sheldon Reynolds, the guitar virtuoso and singer who had stints in The Commodores and Earth, Wind & Fire, is dead at 63
- Reynolds joined The Commodores in 1983, and Earth, Wind & Fire in 1987
- Before that, he toured with Millie Jackson and recorded three albums with Sun
- Reynolds got his start as a guitar prodigy in the early 1970s
Sheldon Reynolds, the talented guitarist who was a key member of the funk and soul bands The Commodores and Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at age 63.
Reynolds’ death was announced on social media Tuesday by Philip Bailey, his former bandmate in Earth, Wind & Fire.
‘This news of Sheldon Reynolds transition is very sad for all of us who knew and worked with him. Sheldon vocally had Reese down,’ he wrote, referring to founder and vocalist Maurice White. ‘Sheldon was an excellent addition to the band, a great writer and producer, and a kind, loving person. He will be missed. Our condolences to his family.’
Reynolds made a name for himself as a technically skilled guitarist with the band Sun, before joining later incarnations of classic funk bands.
His guitar talents were what first drew him attention, and he was already a virtuoso before he was even a teenager.
Musical legend: Sheldon Reynolds, the singer and virtuoso guitarist for later lineups of The Commodores and Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at age 63; seen in March 2022 in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Saying goodbye: Reynolds’ death was announced on social media Tuesday by Philip Bailey, his former bandmate in Earth, Wind & Fire
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