Earth, Wind and Fire - Shining Star

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  "Shining Star" is a 1975 song by Earth, Wind and 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.

 

Reception

"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.

Earth, Wind & Fire performed "Shining Star" on the television series The Midnight Special.

 

 

Chart positions

 

Chart (1975-1976) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1

 

 

 

Earth, Wind and Fire - Shining Star / Shining Star (Live Version)

UK CBS S CBS 3847 Demo (1975).

Record produced by Maurice White.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

The A side record centre label is clean and unmarked.

The B side record centre label has small biro mark.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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