September (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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"September"
EarthWindAndFireSeptember7InchSingleCover.jpg
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
Recorded September 1978
Genre
Length 3:35
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Got to Get You into My Life"
(1978)
"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)
"Got to Get You into My Life"
(1978)
"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)
Music video
"September" on YouTube

"September" is a song by American funk band 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]

There is no evidence that White's unusual lyrics for the chorus have any concrete meaning (whether as a reference to the Persian king Bardiya, said to have been murdered in September 522 B.C., or otherwise), and were questioned by Willis: "I said, 'We are going to change 'ba-dee-ya' to real words, right?' ... I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove."[3]

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of A major with a tempo of 126 beats per minute in common time. The group's vocals span from E4 to F5.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

The song was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry and certified gold in the US (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.[6][7][8] The song was also later released as "December", chord changes & melody remained identical, with lyrics re-written for the "...Twenty-fifth of December...", performed by Earth Wind & Fire, as well, on a later album.

Remixes[edit]

  • In 1978, a small amount of red vinyl records where pressed under the CBS Mexico label featuring a 5:25 minutes extended edit of "September" and a longer edit of "Fantasy". This is the only remix with permission of Earth Wind & Fire.
  • In 1998, Italian DJ X-Treme recorded a remix of the song, which appeared on his album X-Treme[9] and another remix titled "September (Rap Mix)", which appeared on the 1999 compilation album Dancemania X1.[10]
  • In 1999, the song was remixed by Phats & Small titled "September 99" and was a dance hit.
  • In 2015, electronic musician Throttle, gave his own spin on the song, and released it as a single on Ultra Music on November 13.

Covers[edit]

Samples[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[33]
Digital download
Gold 15,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[34]
Digital download
Gold 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[35]
Physical release
Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[36]
Physical release
Gold 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[36]
Digital download
Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to September ' is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.[37]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Bruce Pollock US The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944–2000 2005 *
Gary Mulholland UK 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. ^ Charnas, Dan. "The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains". NPR. NPR. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  4. ^ White, Maurice. "Earth Wind & Fire "September" Sheet Music in F# Minor (transposable) - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  5. ^ "September - Earth, Wind & Fire - Spot On Track". www.spotontrack.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Rock Music, etc., Terms". spider.georgetowncollege.edu. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  9. ^ "X-Treme - X-Treme". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  10. ^ "X-Treme Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  11. ^ "To Get His First Oscar Nod, Justin Timberlake Had To Act Like A Troll". NPR. February 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ . May 22, 2017 http://natalie.mu/music/news/233683.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "SMELLY". Kugelblitz. 2005–2006. Archived from the original (PHP) on January 10, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ "アース・ウインド&ファイアー『フォーエヴァー』、阿部慎之助選手が「セプテンバー」を選曲". 
  15. ^ "WDDF Radio". 
  16. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  17. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Earth, Wind & Fire – September" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Flanders_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  18. ^ a b "Musicline.de – Earth, Wind & Fire Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Hit Parade Italia – Indice per Interprete: E". Hit Parade Italia. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Nederlandse Top 40 – Earth, Wind & Fire search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  22. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Top 40 Singles.
  23. ^ a b "Norwegiancharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". VG-lista. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Norway_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  24. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September". Singles Top 100. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_Sweden_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  25. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  26. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–2002
  27. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix)" (in French). Les classement single. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc_France_Earth.2C_Wind_.26_Fire" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  28. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Earth, Wind & Fire – September 99 (Phats & Small Remix)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  29. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  30. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  31. ^ "Chart Archive – 1970s Singles". everyHit.com. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1979/Top 100 Songs of 1979". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  33. ^ "Italian single certifications – Earth, Wind & Fire – September" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 3 October 2014.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Earth, Wind & Fire in the field Filtra. Select 2014 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  34. ^ "Certificaciones – Earth, Wind & Fire" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  35. ^ "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
  36. ^ 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
  37. ^ "Shining Star". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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