(FILES) This file photo taken on July 08, 2013 shows  L-R) Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Phillip Bailey and B. David Whitworth of Earth, Wind and Fire performing on stage at the Nice Jazz Festival,in Nice, southeastern France.   
Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose feel-good funk anthems packed arenas, broke down racial barriers and made him among his generation's best-selling artists died on February 4, 2016. He was 74. Brought up in Chicago, White saw himself as an heir to the jazz greats but developed a fresh sound of tight pop tunes that brought in elements of R&B, rock, soul and funk.
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(FILES) This file photo taken on July 08, 2013 shows L-R) Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Phillip Bailey and B. David Whitworth of Earth, Wind and Fire performing on stage at the Nice Jazz Festival,in Nice, southeastern France. Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose feel-good funk anthems packed arenas, broke down racial barriers and made him among his generation's best-selling artists died on February 4, 2016. He was 74. Brought up in Chicago, White saw himself as an heir to the jazz greats but developed a fresh sound of tight pop tunes that brought in elements of R&B, rock, soul and funk. / AFP / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images