September (Earth, Wind & Fire song)
|Single by Earth, Wind & Fire|
|from the album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1|
|B-side||"Love's Holiday", "Can't Hide Love"|
|Released||November 18, 1978|
|Writer(s)||Maurice White, Al McKay, Allee Willis|
|Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology|
"September" is a song by Earth, Wind & Fire which was written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis. It was recorded during the I Am sessions and released as a single in 1978. Featured on the band's album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, "September" reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the UK singles chart.
The song was one of their top three most famous in the UK, next to "Boogie Wonderland" and "Let's Groove" and has been certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry. "September" sold over a million copies and has been certified gold in the U.S. (Until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, a Gold single equaled 1 million units sold.) "September" was later certified Gold for digital sales by the RIAA.
Covers and samples
Kirk Franklin does a gospel version of "September" on the Earth, Wind and Fire tribute album Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire. Australian R&B group Past To Present briefly charted with a cover of the song in October 1996. In 1999 the song was remixed by Phats & Small and was titled "September 99" becoming a dance hit. The song was covered by Sisqó and Vitamin C during the credit roll of the movie Get Over It. The song was covered by musical duo, Pomplamoose, on September 30 as a birthday present to Nataly's father. Jazz bassist Brian Bromberg performs a mostly instrumental version of the song on the album 'You Know That Feeling. The instrumental math rock band Don Caballero sampled the guitar riff throughout their song "Palm Trees in The Fecking Bahamas" from their 2006 album World Class Listening Problem.
Samples of the song are also found in Filipino singer Regine Velasquez's 1997 dance single "Fly" as part of the mashup album Feed the Animals by Girl Talk. Gordon Goodwin arranged the song for his 18-piece big band "Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band" on his album Act Your Age. In the Netherlands, X-Factor's second finalist Richy sung this in one of the broadcasts. The song has been performed three times on American Idol, by Anwar Robinson, Danny Gokey, and Colton Dixon. All were eliminated after except for Gokey. House singer Crystal Waters sampled "September" in her 1997 single "Say... If You Feel Alright."
Italian DJ X-Treme recorded a remix of the song, "September", which appeared on his 1998 album X-Treme and another remix, "September (Rap Mix)", which appeared on the 1999 compilation album Dancemania X1.
Japanese singer Asako Toki covered "September" on her 2004 album "Standards".
Ukrainian child star Assol sings "V Sentjabre" on her first album Alye Parusa (2000).
In mid July 2013 The OMG Girlz covered "September" in their song "Do You Remember".
Appearances in other media
The song has been featured in movies such as The Ringer, Soul Food, Dan in Real Life, Lost & Found, Get Over It and Night at the Museum. The song's remix, "September 1999," is played in the Japanese nightclub in the film Babel.
The song also appears on the promo of ABC for their hit shows premiering in the Fall 2008. On December 14, 2007, the song was covered during Fox Television's reality-competition The Next Great American Band by Nashville big-band group Denver and the Mile High Orchestra.
"September" has also been used in video games like the European release of Donkey Konga, and in the Xbox 360 game Dance Dance Revolution Universe a remix called "September 1999" is playable. A cover version of the song also appears in the Nintendo DS video game Elite Beat Agents and the Wii game Wii Music. The song is in GuitarFreaks V4 and DrumMania V4. The song also appears in the video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore.
The song served as Al Gore's campaign theme during his 2000 US Presidential campaign.
Was also used in a 'Point and click game called 'Isis'
It was used as the theme song for the 2002 Japanese drama Zoku-Heisei Meotojawan.
The song was used as the entry theme for boxing champion Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns in the late 1970s. Hearns said in an interview he liked the song's reference to September 21, which was the date of one of his early victories as an up-and-coming fighter in the Detroit area and also the birthday of Alexis "Eastland" Cherniak, one of his early mentors.
It is featured at the season finale of The Cleveland Show You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown.
The song was sampled by Polish musician Norbi in his hit single Kobiety są gorące (Women are hot).
It is also featured on a stereo test disc that came with some 2003 models of the Toyota Avalon.
Pomplamoose released their version of the song on the 2010 album Tribute to Famous People.
The song appeared in the end of the movie, Night at the Museum.
It also has been featured in the French movie Intouchables, in 2011.
The song was featured in a commercial announcing the Subway (restaurant) anniversary in 2012.
The song was also featured in the first episode of Season 11 of Family Guy, showcasing Stewie in a casino scene.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||19|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||10|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||20|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||18|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||12|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||8|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||1|
|Chart ("September 1999")||Peak
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||32|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||40|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||12|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||33|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||25|
The information regarding accolades attributed to September ' is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.
|Bruce Pollock||U.S.||The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000||2005||*|
|Gary Mulholland||U.K.||This Is Uncool: The 500 Best Singles Since Punk Rock||2002||*|
(*) designates lists that are unordered.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 179.
- Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 289. ISBN 0-87586-207-1.
- RIAA Certification for September
- "Rock Music, etc., Terms". spider.georgetowncollege.edu. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
- British Phonographic Industry certification for September
- Discogs, X-Treme (album, 1998)
- Discogs, X-Treme
- "SMELLY" (PHP). Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Retrieved September 8, 2009.
- "Ultratop.be – Earth, Wind & Fire – September" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: E". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Earth, Wind & Fire search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Top 40 Singles.
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". VG-lista.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Singles Top 60.
- "Lescharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix)" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
- Acclaimed Music - Shining Star
"Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn
|Billboard's Hot Soul number one single
January 13, 1979
"Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)" by Parliament