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To our faithful listeners,

We've decided to formally shutdown thesixtyone.com -- our servers will go offline at midnight, May 1st 2017.

Artist tipping and music purchases will be functional until then, so please spend any remaining credits by month's end. 
A final payment will be made to artists following the shutdown.

thesixtyone was our baby for most of our twenties. We're incredibly sorry we weren't able to keep things going in the 
right direction.


Thank you for being a part of it.


James Miao & Samuel Hsiung

Earth Wind & Fire

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Pop/R&B music group, founded in Chicago in 1969 by Maurice White (b. Dec. 19, 1942) and his brother Verdine (b. Jul. 25, 1951). Maurice had been a drummer for jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis’s quartet and Verdine was a classically trained bassist. Their goal was to form a band that blended soul, funk, gospel, blues, rock, and jazz. They released a self-titled debut album for Warner Brothers in 1970 and followed it up the next year with the album The Need of Love. Philip Bailey (b. May 8, 1951) was brought on as a co-lead singer and Ralph Johnson as a drummer-percussionist-vocalist for the album Last Days and Time for Columbia. In 1973 Earth Wind & Fire scored their first gold record with Head to the Sky and their first R&B Top Ten hit with “Mighty Mighty” from Open Your Eyes. The group’s breakthrough to a mass audience came in 1975 with the release of the album That’s the Way of the World, which was the soundtrack to a film in which the group appeared. It featured the No. 1 hit single “Shining Star.” In 1975 the band released the partially live album Gratitude. During the recording of 1976’s Spirit, longt... (+) expand
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