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
- In 1996, Filipino singer Regine Velasquez sampled the song for the single "Fly" as part of her album Retro.
- In October 1996, Australian R&B group Past To Present briefly charted with a cover of the song.
- In 1997, house singer Crystal Waters sampled the song for her single "Say... If You Feel Alright."
- In 1998, jazz bassist Brian Bromberg performs a mostly instrumental version of the song on the album You Know That Feeling.
- In 1998, Italian DJ X-Treme recorded a remix of the song, which appeared on his album X-Treme and another remix titled "September (Rap Mix)", which appeared on the 1999 compilation album Dancemania X1.
- In 1999, the song was remixed by Phats & Small titled "September 99" and was a dance hit.
- In 2000, Ukrainian child star Assol sings "V Sentjabre" on her first album Alye Parusa.
- In 2001, the song was covered by Sisqó and Vitamin C as a duet for the movie Get Over It. It played during the credits.
- In 2004, Japanese singer Asako Toki covered the song on her album Standards.
- In 2006, Instrumental math rock band Don Caballero referenced the guitar riff throughout their song "Palm Trees in The Fecking Bahamas" for their album World Class Listening Problem.
- In 2007, Kirk Franklin does a gospel rendition of the song on the Earth, Wind & Fire tribute album Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire.
- In June 2008, Girl Talk sampled the song for his mashup "In Step" and was released on the album Feed the Animals.
- In 2009, the song was covered by musical duo, Pomplamoose as a birthday present to the lead singer's father. It was uploaded on YouTube on September 30. Their version of the song appears on the on the 2010 album Tribute to Famous People.
- In July 2013, the song was covered by OMG Girlz in their song "Do You Remember".
- The song was sampled by Polish musician Norbi in his hit single Kobiety są gorące (Women are hot).
- 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.
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, Night at the Museum and Last Vegas.
- The 2011 French movie Intouchables features the song.
- The song's remix, "September 99", is played in the Japanese nightclub in the film Babel.
- It was used as the theme song for the 2002 Japanese drama Zoku-Heisei Meotojawan.
- The song was featured in Family Guy on the Season 11 premiere episode "Into Fat Air", showcasing Stewie in a casino scene.
- The song was featured in The Cleveland Show on the Season 1 finale episode "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown".
- The song was featured in American Dad! on the Season 2 eleventh episode "Finances with Wolves".
- This song has been featured on NBC's TV series Chuck
- 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.
- Ruff Ruffman parodied the song for Season 3 of FETCH! as "The 29th of September".
- Japanese comedic performer, Smelly, parodied the song with his promotional video "Suki Suki Smelly".
- The song has been used in video games such as the European release of Donkey Konga and in the Xbox 360 game Dance Dance Revolution Universe which a remix titled "September 99" is featured. *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 was used in a point-and-click game called Isis.
- 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.
- The song served as Al Gore's campaign theme during his 2000 US Presidential campaign.
- It is also featured on a stereo test disc that came with some 2003 models of the Toyota Avalon.
- The song was featured in a commercial announcing the Subway (restaurant) anniversary in 2012.
- In Apple Stores, the iPad, iPhone, and iPod store samples have a default preloaded music library, which includes this song.
- Earth, Wind & Fire performed this song (as well as Pure Gold) with the Japanese idol group SMAP in a 2006 episode of the group's variety program, SMAP×SMAP.
- Earth, Wind & Fire sang a special TV-related version of the song with The Black Eyed Peas at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
- Earth, Wind & Fire performed the song in the Closing Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
|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
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- 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.
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