Release Date

March 15, 1975

“Shining Star” is a song by Earth, Wind & Fire issued as a single in January 1975 on Columbia Records. The song rose to #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart, becoming their first single to top both charts (and only single to top the former). It has also been certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. “Shining Star” was produced by Maurice White and composed by White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey. The song also came off EWF’s 1975 album That’s the Way of the World. The concept for the song came to Maurice White while strolling at night during the band’s recording of That’s the Way of the World at Caribou Ranch. He became inspired by looking up at the starry sky and took his ideas about the song to the other band members.