September (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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Not to be confused with September Song.
"September"
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
Format 7", 12"
Recorded September 1978
Genre R&B, disco
Length 3:35
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice White, Al McKay, Allee Willis
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Got to Get You into My Life"
(1978)
"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)

"September" is a song by Earth, Wind & Fire 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 US R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] and number three on the UK singles chart.[2]

Reception[edit]

The song was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry and 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.[3][4][5]

Remixes[edit]

  • In 1998, Italian DJ X-Treme recorded a remix of the song, which appeared on his album X-Treme[6] and another remix titled "September (Rap Mix)", which appeared on the 1999 compilation album Dancemania X1.[7]
  • In 1999, the song was remixed by Phats & Small titled "September 99" and was a dance hit.

Covers[edit]

Samples[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 19
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 10
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 8
Italy (FIMI)[12] 43
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 12
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 13
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
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 32
France (SNEP)[17] 64
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 40
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 12
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 48
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 33
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 25
Chart (2011) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[17] 29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[19] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver
United States (RIAA)[21]
Physical release
Gold
United States (RIAA)[21]
Digital download
Gold

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to September ' is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.[22]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 179. 
  2. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 289. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  3. ^ RIAA Certification for September
  4. ^ "Rock Music, etc., Terms". spider.georgetowncollege.edu. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ British Phonographic Industry certification for September
  6. ^ Discogs, X-Treme (album, 1998)
  7. ^ Discogs, X-Treme
  8. ^ "SMELLY" (PHP). Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Earth, Wind & Fire – September" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ a b "Chartverfulgong > Earth, Wind & Fire > September – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hit Parade Italia – Indice per Interprete: E". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Nederlandse Top 40 – Earth, Wind & Fire search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ a b "Norwegiancharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". VG-lista.
  16. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix)" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Italian single certifications – Earth, Wind & Fire – September" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Earth, Wind & Fire in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  Enter September in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  21. ^ a b "American single certifications – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  22. ^ Acclaimed Music – Shining Star

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn
Billboard's Hot Soul number one single
January 13, 1979
Succeeded by
"Aqua Boogie" by Parliament