September (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with September Song. ‹See Tfd›
"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"
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 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,[1] and number three on the UK singles chart.[2]

Reception[edit]

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.[3][4][5]

Covers and 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

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to September ' is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.[19]

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 "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.
  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. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ 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