Don Myrick

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Donald Myrick (April 6, 1940 – July 30, 1993) was a saxophonist.

He played alto, tenor and soprano sax and was a member of Earth, Wind & Fire's original horn section, The Phenix Horns Esq. from 1975 through 1982. Previously, Myrick had been a member of the musical group The Pharaohs. Myrick is also credited as a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)[1]

Some of his most famous saxophone solos include Phil Collins' If leaving me is easy and also on "One More Night", even featuring Myrick performing the sax solo in the official music video, filmed in a London pub. Another was the live recording of "Reasons" featured on the Earth Wind & Fire Gratitude album, and "After the Love Has Gone" from the album I Am. He performed with many prominent musicians including Grover Washington, Jr. and Carlos Santana.[2] Myrick appeared on albums by artists including Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Dells, Regina Belle, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and Heaven 17.

Earth, Wind & Fire's single "Runnin'" earned him the 1977/78 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental.[2]

Early life[edit]

Myrick attended Crane Junior College in Chicago, Illinois, where he was part of a band called The Jazzmen with Louis Satterfield, who later joined him with the Phenix Horns performing with Earth, Wind & Fire. Myrick and Satterfield played with The Pharaohs with musicians from Chess Records who included drummer Maurice White, who became Earth, Wind & FIre's founder.


Myrick was fatally shot in Los Angeles, California by a Santa Monica policeman during a narcotics investigation.[3] While attempting to serve a search warrant, Police Officer Gary Barbaro mistook a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon. He fired a single bullet that hit Myrick in the chest. Myrick died in the hospital shortly afterwards, aged 53 years.[4]

Following a funeral service at a Baptist church, his body was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles County.

Myrick was survived by his mother, Antoinette Myrick-Carr (now deceased), wife Barbara (now deceased), and three daughters; Shani, Lauren, Shirika Myrick, and a cousin, Elliot Myrick. In 1995, their wrongful death lawsuit against the city was settled for $400,000.[5]

Decades after his death, he still lives in an unmarked grave (Lot 1034, Grave B, West end of plot) in the 'El Portal' section of the Inglewood Park Cemetery[6] in the South Los Angeles community of Inglewood, California.

The song "For A Friend" by Phil Collins, released on CD Single "We Wait And We Wonder" in 1993 was a tribute to his friend, it actively participated in their songs and shows for many years.


With Howlin' Wolf 
  • The Howlin' Wolf Album (1969)
With Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble 
  • The Malcolm X Memorial (A Tribute In Music) (1970)
With Donny Hathaway 
  • Everything Is Everything (1970)
  • With Odell Brown :
  • Free Delivery (1970)
  • With The Intentions :
  • Dig It / Blowing With The Wind - Single (1971)
With Jack McDuff'
With Terry Callier 
  • What colour is love ? (1972)
  • I just can't help myself (1973)
With Charles Bevel 
  • Meet "Mississippi Charles" Bevel (1973)
With Penny Goodwin 
  • Portrait Of A Gemini (1974)
With Ramsey Lewis 
  • Sun Goddess (1974)
With Earth, Wind & Fire 
  • Gratitude (1975)
  • Spirit (1976)
  • All N' All (1977)
  • I Am (1979)
  • Faces (1980)
  • Raise! (1981)
  • Powerlight (1983)
  • Electric Universe / Powerlight (1988) - Double Compilation Album.
  • 3 - (1991) - Compilation 3 CD Boxset.
  • The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (2002) - Compilation.
  • Live in Rio (2002)
  • The Essential Plus (2004) - Compilation 2 CD + DVD.
  • The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (2008) - 3 CD Compilation Limited Edition.
With Sky 
  • Sky (1979)
With Phil Collins 
  • Face Value (1981)
  • Hello, I must be going (1982)
  • Supergroups In Concert: Phil Collins Live At Perkins Palace, Pasadena 19 December 1982 (1983) - VHS Video
  • Live at Perkins Palace (1983) - VHS Video
  • Captured Live! CL 783 A-F (1983) - VHS Video
  • No Jacket Required (1985)
  • ...but seriously (1989)
  • Serious hits...Live (1990) - CD
  • Seriously Live In Berlin (1990) - VHS Video
  • ...But Seriously, The Videos (1992) - VHS Video
  • ...Hits (1998)
  • True Colours/In the air tonight/Don't lose my numbers/I missed again (1998) - Maxi Single.
  • The Platinum Collection (2004)
  • Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (2004)
  • Hits Live 1990-1997 (2004) - DVD
  • The Singles (2016)
With Frida 
  • Something's going on (1982) - Album produced by Phil Collins, with Daryl Stuermer, Mo Foster, The Phenix Horns, etc.
With Philip Bailey 
  • The Wonders Of His Love - (1984) - Sax on I Will No Wise Cast You Out.
  • Chinese Wall (1984) - With Phil Collins, Nathan East, The Phœnix Horns, etc.
  • Chinese Wall / Inside Out 91988) - Double Compilation Album.
With Heaven 17 
  • How Men Are (1984)
  • This Is Mine/Skin (1984) - Single
  • Pleasure one (1986)
With Shuybah 
  • Shuybah (1984)
With France Gall 
  • Le tour de France (1988)
Various Artists 
  • Knebworth (1990) - Plays with Phil Collins Band on Sussudio.
  • Live At Knebworth - Parts One, Two & Three (1990) - Plays with Phil Collins & The Serious Band on In The Air Tonight & Sussudio as well as with Genesis & The Serious Band together on Turn it on again Medley.


  1. ^ Ervin, Mike (1994). Hey Donald (Media notes). Roscoe Mitchell. 
  2. ^ a b "Saxophonist Donald Myrick fatally shot in drug probe", Jet, 23 August 1993.
  3. ^ Chazanov, Mathis. Obituary. The Los Angeles Times, 15 August 1993.
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  5. ^ Associated Press. "Lawsuit settled in Donald Myrick’s death", 4 August 1995.
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