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September

Earth, Wind & Fire

31 appearances12 movies19 episodes

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About

"September" is a 1978 single by the American band, Earth, Wind & Fire on ARC/Columbia Records. The song was a huge commercial success that peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number three on the UK Singles Chart. "September" also topped the Easy Listening chart for two weeks. The single was certified Gold in 2004 and 6x Platinum in 2020 by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song was written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis. In an interview with Songfacts, Willis said that "'September' was originally called 'Funky Butt,' because that's what it sounded like to me." Willis also explained how she came up with the lyrics: "I just remember sitting at the piano and going, 'Ba de ya, say do you remember?' And it just came to me. Maurice already had the music, which sounded like a hit to me. I just sat down and wrote the lyrics in about 10 minutes." "September" was written particularly for Earth, Wind & Fire's best-selling album, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1. The song was one of two new songs on the eponymous debut that became the band's best-selling album and helped them crossover to a broader audience, along with their cover of "Got To Get You Into My Life." The song has been covered by many artists, including Dolly Parton, who released a version as a single in 1978. Parton's version peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. On April 13, 2018, Taylor Swift released an airy, banjo-and-acoustic-guitar version of this song as part of a Spotify marketing campaign. Her recording was included in a Spotify promotion; she explained that she recorded it for "sentimental reasons" and because September is when one of her most significant breakups took place. In her defense, Philip Baileytweeted "Music is free like that... Ain't Got Nothing But Love for Ya." Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2021, the group ranked number 65 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Artists of All Time." "September" is one of the band's most popular songs and is often played at sporting events. The song was used in a commercial for Apple's iPhone 6s, which aired during Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Many people have come up with their own interpretations for the significance of "the 21st night of September" in the opening lyrics, and until 2018, even the song's co-writer, Allee Willis, was unaware - Maurice White informed her it had no real significance and was chosen because it sounded well phonetically.

Release Date

1978

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