behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: July 14, 1979 - “I Am”, the ninth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire hits #1 on the Billboard R&B Album chart for 1 week, also peaking at #3 on the Top 200 on the same date. Produced by Maurice White, it is recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA and Davlen Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA from August - September 1978. Still riding a major wave of creative and commercial success, Earth, Wind & Fire will return to the recording studio in the late Summer of 1978 to begin work on the follow up to “All ‘N’ All”. Wanting to explore some new musical ground, bandleader Maurice White will collaborate on many of the new albums’ songs with musician David Foster and songwriter/lyricist Allee Willis. The release of the album will be held back by nine months when the band and their label CBS Records decide to release a greatest hits album (The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1”) for the 1978 Christmas holiday season instead, taking the first two songs recorded during the “I Am” sessions (“September” and “Love Music”), and including them on that set. Proceeded by the single “Boogie Wonderland” (Featuring The Emotions) (#2 R&B, #6 Pop) in May of 1979, “I Am” is finally released on June 1, 1979. Like its predecessors, it will another huge success for Earth, Wind & Fire, spinning off a total of four singles including “After The Love Has Gone” (#2 R&B and Pop), “In The Stone” (#23 R&B, #58 Pop), and “Star” (#47 R&B, #64 Pop). The album will win three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group and Best R&B Song (for “After The Love Has Gone”) and Best R&B Instrumental Performance (for “Boogie Wonderland”). Like their two previous albums, the LP’s stunning cover and inner gatefold artwork is painted artist Shusei Nagaoka. “I Am” is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

70sbestblackalbums:

"After the Spinners and the O’Jays, the Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group produced by Thom Bell. During the early ’70s, the band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including “You Are Everything,” “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” “I’m Stone in Love With You,” “Break Up to Make Up,” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” Of all their peers, the Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the ’70s”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu1Ezr1YEoY

70sbestblackalbums:

"After the Spinners and the O’Jays, the Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group produced by Thom Bell. During the early ’70s, the band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including “You Are Everything,” “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” “I’m Stone in Love With You,” “Break Up to Make Up,” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” Of all their peers, the Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the ’70s”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu1Ezr1YEoY