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"
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]

  • In 1996, Filipino singer Regine Velasquez sampled the song for the single "Fly" as part of her album Retro.
  • In 1997, house singer Crystal Waters sampled the song for her single "Say... If You Feel Alright."
  • In June 2008, Girl Talk sampled the song for his mashup "In Step" and was released on the album Feed the Animals.
  • The song was sampled by Polish musician Norbi in his hit single Kobiety są gorące (Women are hot).

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 "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. ^ "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 Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  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