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 CD Single|
|Songwriter(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 1975. 
"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 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 one million units sold.
- In 1990, the Christian metal band Stryper included a heavy metal cover of the song as the lead single for the album Against The Law.
- In 1999, the Dust Brothers covered the song for the Jim Henson Pictures feature Muppets from Space soundtrack.
- In 2003, Jump5 covered the song for Disney's The Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack.
- In 2004, Ruben Studdard covered the song for the soundtrack of Warner Bros. Pictures' Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He also makes a cameo at the end of the film singing the song.
- In 2005, trumpeter Rick Braun covered the song for his album Yours Truly.
|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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- on YouTube
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