Sing A Song

Album: Gratitude (1975)
Charted: 5
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Songfacts®:

  • Earth, Wind & Fire hit the road hard after releasing their 1975 breakthrough album That's the Way of the World. "Sing A Song" was built around a riff that their guitarist Al McKay came up with in the dressing room during a gig. McKay finished writing the song with group leader Maurice White, who kept the lyrics simple - a joyful message about the power of song. White produced the track with Charles Stepney, who he worked with as a staff musician at Chess Records in Chicago when White was a drummer and Stepney played piano and did arrangements. On this track, they created a sound similar to what they often did at Chess on records for Betty Everett, Etta James and Fontella Bass.
  • Gratitude was a double album, but only one side was recorded in a studio - the other three sides were live recordings since the band was so busy on the road they didn't have time make another full studio album. "Sing A Song" was one of the studio cuts, and it helped the album sell over 3 million copies, and preparing the musical world for Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive, which was released a few months later.

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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 1st 1976, "Sing A Song" by Earth, Wind and Fire peaked at #5 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 16th, 1975 and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 21 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on January 25th, 1976 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Was track one of side four on the group's double album, 'Gratitude', and on December 28th, 1975 it peaked at #1 (for 6 non-consecutive weeks) on Billboard's R&B/Soul Albums chart (plus on January 11th, 1976 it reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart).
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