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In The Stone by Earth, Wind & Fire

Album: I AmReleased: 1979Charted:
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  • Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire wrote this with David Foster and Allee Willis. Foster is a very successful writer and producer whose hits include "You'll See" and "Un-Break My Heart"; Willis co-wrote Earth, Wind & Fire's hit "September" and much of the I Am album, including "Boogie Wonderland." Willis says of the song, "There was an original melody to it, and then when I heard the record itself, the background melody became the chorus, and the real melody is the background in parts, and I remember being very upset about it, because it went from being this unbelievable song to me to kind of being a feel. But the thing I love about 'In The Stone' is that I absolutely love marching bands, my two favorite types of music are marching band music and disco. Probably because they're very happy. But 'In The Stone' just turned into this marching band classic."
  • Willis wrote lyrics for the 2005 Broadway production of The Color Purple. Says Willis: "The first day I ever met the cast of The Color Purple, when we had our very first read-through, I had these little Greatest Hits CDs that I was giving everyone, and it was 'In The Stone,' not 'Boogie Wonderland,' not 'September,' not any of the rest of them, that the black cast went, Oh my God, no you didn't. You didn't write that song. 'September' and 'Boogie Wonderland' are the favorites in the white community, black community all the props are for 'In The Stone.'" (Read more in the Allee Willis interview, and at her website: alleewillis.com.)
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Bill Champlin who co-wrote EW&F's "After the Love is Gone" covered the song for a European David Foster retrospective in 2008.Sara - Silver Spring, Md