On this day in music history: August 7, 1976 -…

On this day in music history: August 7, 1976 – “Getaway” by Earth, Wind & Fire hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks also peaking at #12 on the Hot 100 on October 9, 1976. Written by Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor and Peter Cor, it is the third chart topper for the legendary R&B band led by lead singer and drummer Maurice White. Songwriter and guitarist Beloyd Taylor  writes “Getaway” a few years earlier while still a member of the Cleveland, OH based R&B band S.O.U.L. (Sounds Of Unity And Love). Over the years, Taylor later writes several more songs for Earth, Wind & Fire including “Lady Sun, "The Changing Times”, “Spread Your Love”, “Freedom Of Choice”. Earth, Wind & Fire records the song in April 1976 at Wally Heider’s Studio 3 in Hollywood, CA, and is the first release under Maurice White newly formed company “Kalimba Productions”, co-produced with Charles Stepney. Issued as the first single from the bands seventh album “Spirit” (released in September 1976) in July of 1976, it is an immediate smash on R&B radio, making a swift crossover to the pop singles chart. When “Getaway” is released, a longer version of the track is released as a promotional only 12" single serviced to radio stations and club DJ’s. In 2014, the 12" mix is included as bonus track on the CD reissue of “Spirit” released by BBR/Cherry Red Records. Also, a third version of “Getaway” is issued on the box set “The Eternal Dance” in 1992. It features a previously unreleased instrumental intro that had been edited off of the other two released versions. “Getaway” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.