Getaway (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album Spirit
B-side Getaway (Instrumental)
Released 1976
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1976
Genre R&B, funk
Length 3:47
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bernard "Beloyd" Taylor and Peter Cor Belenky
Producer(s) Maurice White, Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Can't Hide Love"
"Saturday Nite"

"Getaway" was a hit song for R&B/funk band Earth, Wind & Fire in 1976 and written by Beloyd Taylor and Peter Cor Belenky and first produced on BELOYD by Melvin Ware who then made the deal to split publishing with EWF. Released from their Spirit album, it spent two weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Along with the track, "Saturday Nite", "Getaway" peaked at number twelve on the disco charts.[2] It has been covered by Lee Ritenour and His Gentle Thoughts.[3] A remixed version also appears on the soundtrack for the 2005 PlayStation 2 video game Gran Turismo 4.


"Getaway" sold over a million copies and 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.[4][5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1976-1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 179. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 86. 
  3. ^ Spirit on
  4. ^ RIAA Certification for After the Love Has Gone[dead link]
  5. ^ "Rock Music, etc., Terms". Retrieved 2009-03-23. 

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Preceded by
"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
August 7–14, 1976
Succeeded by
"Who'd She Coo?" by The Ohio Players