On this day in music history: June 1, 1979 - “I Am”, the ninth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released. 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” will spend one week at number one on the Billboard R&B Album chart, also peaking at number three on the Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.