For funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, 1975 brought them their first number one single, the memorable Shining Star.
Written by band members Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey, the song was written for the CBS album That’s the Way of the World, which was also a soundtrack of a film that featured several band members in cameos.
Recorded in the Fall of 1974, the song was inspired by a walk by White under the starry sky. Mixing disco, pop, funk, soul and R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire fused the popular sounds of the ’70s into a distinct dance sound with the use of horns and a capella vocals.
This song was also the first by the band to zoom up the charts and become their first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Listen to the original version here.
Shining Star gained the band two nominations at the American Music Awards and won a Grammy as Best R&B Duo/Group Performance.
A steady seller for Earth, Wind and Fire, the song hit gold status and eventually hit platinum status, selling over three million units in the US. And for the band, it was the beginning of their classic period as a band, gaining widespread popularity in the US and Europe.