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That’s the Way of the World by Earth, Wind & Fire (Columbia, 1975)

That’s the Way of the World was Earth, Wind & Fire’s seventh album and served as the soundtrack for the 1975 film of the same name. Members of the band made cameo appearances in the movie.

The album included the #1 hit Shining Star. The album also hit #1 on the Pop Albums chart (three weeks) and Soul Albums chart (five non consecutive weeks). That’s the Way of the World was favored by critics and the general public alike. The album was the third best-selling pop album and the best-selling R&B album of 1975. It was certified triple Platinum in the U.S.

EWF remain one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 20th century. Founded by Maurice White in Chicago in 1969, they have won 6 Grammys, were inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, have sold over 90 million albums worldwide. Five EWF members have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. EWF have three Lifetime Achievement honors from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the NAACP and from BET.

Trivia: They were the first African-American act of sell out Madison Square Garden.