15 August 2022

Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Sunshine” From Their 1975 Album Gratitude

From Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1975 release Gratitude, here’s the track “Sunshine.”

Written by Maurice, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Al McKay

With the (live) recordings in the can, Bob (Cavallo) and I, along with Bruce Lundvall, who was head of Columbia Records America, decided to put together a live album with a few new studio cuts, to be released before Christmas of 1975. The two-record set Gratitude would be the result.

We were cutting grooves every time we had a break, and we would come off the road in an absolute frenzy. Taking those energies right into the studio, we recorded a little Latin-feeling number called “Sunshine.” It’s a simple song, but you can hear the chemistry of our band in a new way. Verdine absolutely crushed it on bass, and I loved playing drums on that tune.

The double album Gratitude was released on November 1 (1975).

Gratitude spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard pop albums chart.

– Maurice White. My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire, by Maurice White with Herb Powell, 2016.

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