On this day in music history: November 23, 197…

On this day in music history: November 23, 1978 – “The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1” by Earth, Wind & Fire is released. Produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney, it is recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Nederland, CO, Northstar Studios in Boulder, CO, Hollywood Sound Recorders, Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA and Burbank Studios in Burbank, CA from January 1975 – August 1978. Their first greatest hits album, the ten track compilation features hits by the band from the “That’s The Way Of The World”, “Gratitude”, “Spirit”, “All ‘N’All” albums. The set also includes the newly recorded tracks “Love Music” and “September” (#1 R&B, #8 Pop), as well as the previously released “Got To Get You Into My Life” (#1 R&B, #9 Pop), first released as part of the soundtrack to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in the Summer of 1978. The bands’ recording of The Beatles classic wins the band a Grammy Award for Best Instrument Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement in 1979. “The Best Of” goes on to become Earth, Wind & Fire’s biggest selling album, selling over six million copies in the US. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with two addtional bonus tracks. It is reissued again in 2011 as part of the box set “Earth, Wind & Fire – The Columbia Masters”, but without the bonus tracks from the previous CD release. The album is also reissued as a limited edition picture disc for Black Friday Record Store Day on November 27, 2015. “The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number six on the Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.