Serpentine Fire

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"Serpentine Fire"
Serpentine Fire.jpg
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album All 'N All
B-side"Serpentine Fire (Instrumental)"
ReleasedOctober 15, 1977
Format7", 12"
Recorded1977
GenreFunk, disco
Length3:50
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Maurice White, Verdine White, Reginald Sonny Burke
Producer(s)Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"On Your Face"
(1977)
"Serpentine Fire"
(1977)
"Fantasy"
(1978)

"Serpentine Fire" is a single by Earth, Wind & Fire which was issued in 1977 by Columbia Records.[1] The single rose to Nos. 1 & 13 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

Serpentine Fire spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[2] The song was produced by bandleader Maurice White for Kalimba Productions and composed by Maurice, Verdine White and Reginald 'Sonny' Burke. Serpentine Fire also came off of EWF's 1977 album All 'n All.[1][4]

A music video was issued in 1977 to accompany the single.[5]

Covers[edit]

Instrumental versions of "Serpentine Fire" have been recorded by Jimmy Smith (album Unfinished Business/ 1978) and by Tom Scott (album Them Changes/ 1990). Bassist Nathan East released a version featuring Earth, Wind & Fire members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson in 2016. In 2015 Jack DeJohnette recorded a version with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison for his ECM-Album In Movement.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1977-1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs 1

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to "Serpentine Fire" is adapted from Acclaimed Music.[6]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Dave Marsh U.S. The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made 1989 307
Bruce Pollock U.S. The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 2005 *
pc muñoz U.S. Verse-Chorus-Verse: A Column Dedicated to Great Songs 2005 *
Mark Ellingham U.S. The Rough Guide Book of Playlists: 5,000 Songs You Must Download 2007 *

(*) designates lists that are unordered.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire". 45cat.com.
  2. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire (Hot Soul Songs)". billboard.com.
  3. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire (Hot 100)". billboard.com.
  4. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire". songfacts.com.
  5. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire". YouTube.com.
  6. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire". acclaimedmusic.net.

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