On this day in music history: January 10, 1976…

On this day in music history: January 10, 1976 – “Sing A Song” by Earth, Wind & Fire hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 on February 7, 1976. Written by Maurice White and Al McKay, it is the second chart topping single for the twelve piece R&B/Funk band led by Maurice White. The song is composed while the band is on tour in support of their breakthrough album “That’s The Way Of The World”. While back stage in the band’s tuning room, guitarist Al McKay is playing some improvised warm up runs on his guitar, when he is overheard by band leader Maurice White. Liking what he hears, White asks McKay what he’s playing. The guitarist replies it’s “just something I made up”. White suggests to McKay that he record his ideas on tape, telling him that it could be shaped into a song. A short time later, the pair craft the initial riff into a finished song, before showing it to the other members of the band. Recorded in the Summer of 1975, “Sing A Song” is one of five new songs recorded for the studio portion of their double live album “Gratitude”. Released as the first single from the album in November of 1975, it quickly rises up the R&B and pop singles charts simultaneously. Becoming Earth, Wind & Fire’s second million selling single, “Sing A Song” helps drive the accompanying album to the top of the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, and to multi-platinum status. The original 45 release is backed with an instrumental mix of the song, though has never been reissued digitally. Also, some original pressings of the US 45 list the title as “Singasong” instead. “Sing A Song” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.