originally published March 29, 2007
by Lorrie Irby Jackson
The first time Maurice White had a vision, it was 1969. That's when the 28-year-old Memphis-born and Chicago-based percussionist left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and formed his own band, which he called the Salty Peppers. When their singles ("La La Time" and "Uh-Huh Yea") failed to make waves on the national chart, Mr. White decided to follow the call of the West Coast – and his astrological chart.