Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire song)
|Single by Earth, Wind & Fire|
|from the album That's the Way of the World|
|Released||January 21, 1975|
|Format||7", 45 RPM|
|Genre||Funk, psychedelic soul, disco-rock|
|Writer(s)||Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Philip Bailey|
|Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology|
"Shining Star" is a 1975 song by Earth, Wind & Fire from their album That's the Way of the World. The song was written by Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey and produced by White. "Shining Star" was Earth, Wind & Fire's first major hit, hitting No. 1 on both the U.S. Hot 100 and R&B charts from 1976.
Shining Star is considered a prime example of funk music that attained mainstream success. The concept for the song came to White while strolling at night during the band's recording of "That's the Way of the World". He was inspired by looking up at the starry sky and took his ideas about the song to the other band members. The song is noted for the way the instruments drop out during the last repeated choruses with the group singing the final lines a cappella followed by the song's abrupt end.
"Shining Star" won Earth, Wind & Fire a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The single was very successful commercially, selling over a million copies. It has been certified gold as up until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold.
- In 1977, the cast performed the song on an episode of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.
- In 1990, Christian glam metal band Stryper covered the song on their album Against the Law.
- In 2005, trumpeter Rick Braun covered the song for the album Yours Truly.
- Robert Randolph & the Family Band covered the song on their Live in Concert release in October 2011.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles||1|
|Pause & Play||U.S.||Songs Inducted into a Time Capsule, One Album per Week||2008||*|
|The Recording Academy||U.S.||Grammy Hall of Fame Albums and Songs||2007||*|
|Dave Marsh||U.S.||The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made||1989||433|
|Bruce Pollock||U.S.||The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000||2005||*|
(*) designates lists that are unordered.
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- RIAA Certification for After the Love Has Gone
- "Rock Music, etc., Terms". spider.georgetowncollege.edu. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
- Earth, Wind & Fire Shining Star LIVE Midnight Special 1975 on YouTube
- "Yours Truly overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Rick Braun Yours Truly". SmoothViews.com.
- Acclaimed Music - Shining Star
- awards on earthwindandfire.com
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