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|
|Producer(s)||Maurice White, Charles Stepney|
|Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology|
"Shining Star" is a song by Earth, Wind & Fire issued as a single in January 1975 on Columbia Records. The song rose to No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart. 
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.
"Shining Star" won Earth, Wind & Fire a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Appearances in other media
Covers and Samples
Shining Star has been sampled by MC Lyte on the track Paper Thin off her 1988 album Lyte as a Rock. Salt N Pepa also sampled the song on the track Live and Let Die on their 1990 album Blacks' Magic.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles||1|
The information regarding accolades attributed to "Shining Star" is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net
|Pause & Play||U.S.||Songs Inducted into a Time Capsule, One Album per Week||2008||*|
|The Recording Academy||U.S.||Grammy Hall of Fame||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.
- Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star (Liner notes and text). Columbia Records. January 1975.
- "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star (Hot 100)". billboard.com.
- "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star (Hot Soul Songs)". billboard.com.
- Flans, Robyn (December 1, 2004). "Classic Tracks: Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star"". Mixonline.com. Archived from the original on November 10, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
- "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star". grammy.com.
- "Doctor Strange: Soundtrack". imdb.com.
- "Walmart TV Commercial, 'Thanks to All Our Associates' Song By Earth, Wind and Fire". ispot.tv. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
- "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star". genius.com.
- "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star". acclaimedmusic.net.