Single by Earth, Wind & Fire from the album All 'N All A: Also by "Black Box:
B-side "Be Ever Wonderful"
Released January 1978
Format 7", 12"
Genre R&B, Disco
Writer(s) Maurice White, Verdine White, Eddie del Barrio
Producer Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Fantasy" is a single by Earth, Wind & Fire from their album All 'N All, released as a single in 1978. The selection was written and composed by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eddie del Barrio, and it reached #32 on the pop chart and #12 on the R&B singles chart in the United States, and #14 on the UK singles chart. "Fantasy" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Song.
After its release in Japan as a digital single to cellphones in 2009, it was certified gold for 100,000 downloads in May 2011.
"Fantasy" was covered by Maynard Ferguson on his 1978 album Carnival and has been sampled by Puff Daddy on the song "Angels with Dirty Faces" featuring Bizzy Bone, which was included on Puff Daddy's album Forever.
It has also been sampled on "Live Now" by Nas from his album Street's Disciple, on "Shawty," by Plies, from the album The Real Testament, and on "To Me You're Everything," by 98 Degrees, from the album 98 Degrees and Rising.
The song was also covered by 1980s/90s Eurodance band Black Box, with Martha Wash providing the main vocals.
In late 2007, Latin hip hop trio The D.E.Y. sampled "Fantasy" on their single "Give You the World," released in late December 2007. Just Blaze sampled "Fantasy" for Jay-Z's "As One" which appeared on his Blueprint 2 album.
Also in 2007, with the release of American Gangster, a song by Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne sampled the beginning of "Fantasy" throughout the song. Pedro "Pete" Escovedo, father of Sheila E. and biological father of Lionel B. Richie Jr.'s adopted daughter Nicole Richie, covered "Fantasy" on his 1997 album E Street. "Fantasy" has also been recorded by the Fifth Dimension.