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Boogie Wonderland
by Earth, Wind & Fire, with The Emotions



Back to the usual format for the New Year now, and an excerpt lifted from the blog "Funkatropolis: A Blog About Music". Posted on May 29th 2015 by Kenneth H Davis, it has all you'd want to know about the band's collaboration with the vocal group 'The Emotions" - some of whom were actually related to the 'EW&F' lead singer Maurice White:


The mighty 'Earth, Wind & Fire' brought a mystical vibe to their exquisite 'disco' smash "Boogie Wonderland". The legendary band put their powerful and distinctive stamp on this infectious dance track, which distinguished it from the flood of other 'disco' cuts released in 1979. The song is impeccably arranged and orchestrated, and the band got strong vocal support from the honey-voiced 'R&B'/pop sensations 'The Emotions'. Additionally, Philip Bailey’s amazing falsetto soars to the heavens on the bridge. And Maurice White delivers a suave and assured lead vocal performance.

The song is about how many people go to discos in hopes of finding something that has been missing in their lives, whatever that may be: love, excitement, human connection, etc. The disco is not just a place where people go to escape their troubles and worries on the dance floor for a while but also somewhere that provides them the illusion of something better than their lives.

"Boogie Wonderland" was written by award-winning songwriters Allee Willis and Jon Lind and was produced by White and Al McKay. It was the lead single from the 'EW&F' double-platinum album "I Am" (1979). The song peaked at No. 2 on the US R&B charts and climbed to No. 6 on the pop charts; it charted at No. 4 on the UK singles charts. The 'disco' hit sold more than a million copies and earned the band a "Grammy" for 'Best R&B Instrumental Performance'. And in addition to "Boogie Wonderland", the album yielded another huge hit, the gorgeous ballad "After The Love Has Gone", which peaked at No. 2 on both the US R&B and pop singles charts and reached No. 4 on the UK singles chart. The song landed the band a "Grammy" for 'Best R&B Performance by A Duo, Group Or Chorus'.


I do like it when bloggers fill in all the chart info for me. It means I can suddenly stop at the bottom end of the post and not waffle on any more than you'd want me to.
1979 - CBS Records - United States - Used in the French 2011 movie "The Intouchables", hence the video image throughout.
Posted: 2nd January 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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