White was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He began singing in
the church with a young group of singers at the age of six.
After viewing a drum and bugle corps marching down the street,
he was more impressed than ever before -- it touched his
soul and gave him a vision for a new life.
a kid -- Reese as everyone calls him -- was very quiet.
Always thinking, planning, etc. All the kids knew that he
had raw talent. At the age of 14 he began playing with local
bands. His best friend was Booker T of the M.Gs.
finishing high school he left Memphis and moved to Chicago
where he remained for 12 years -- putting his craft together
while studying music formally. Maurice worked at Chess Recording
Company for five years where he learned to master all types
of music. He was in demand as a drummer for many sessions.