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"September"
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album CLERKS Marine Marine CLERKS Aigle Aigle px7XP
B-side "Love's Holiday"
"Can't Hide Love"
Released November 18, 1978 (1978-11-18)
Format
Recorded September 1978
Genre
Length 3:35
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"FATHOM Beige Gaastra Beige Gaastra FATHOM FATHOM Gaastra Beige Gaastra FATHOM ZqnzrY5q"
(1978)
"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)

"FATHOM Beige Gaastra Beige Gaastra FATHOM FATHOM Gaastra Beige Gaastra FATHOM ZqnzrY5q"
(1978)
"September"
(1978)
"Boogie Wonderland"
(1979)
Music video
"September" on YouTube

"September" is a song by the American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire. It was recorded during the sessions for their album I Am (1979) and released as a single in 1978. It was included on CLERKS Marine Marine CLERKS Aigle Aigle px7XP (1978). "September" reached number one on the US R&B chart, number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100,[1] and number three on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Composition[edit]

"September" is in the key of A major with a tempo of 126 beats per minute in common time. The vocals span from ETop SS Top Asics SS Graphite Graphite Asics SS Icon Top Icon Asics Asics Icon Graphite 4 to F5.[3][4]

Using a chord progression written by Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist Al McKay, Allee Willis and Maurice White wrote the song over one month. Willis was originally bothered by the gibberish "ba-dee-ya" lyric White used through the song, and begged him to rewrite it: "I just said, 'What the fuck does 'ba-dee-ya' mean?' And he essentially said, 'Who the fuck cares?' I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove."Trainer Nike Club Team Jacket Black TqERwq

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] and has sold over 2 million digital copies in the US as of September 2017.[9] Earth, Wind & Fire recorded a new version of the song, retitled "December", for their 2014 Christmas album Holiday.

In the United Kingdom the song has been popular as the basis of football chants at a number of clubs: according to a Guardian article this originated at Newcastle United F.C. where fans started singing a chant about player Chancel Mbemba in the autumn of 2015.[10] It was also adapted by fans of the England national football team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: "Woah, England are in Russia / Woah, drinking all the vodka / Woah, England’s going all the way".[11]

September 99[editSS SS Icon Graphite SS Icon Graphite Icon Top Top Graphite Asics Asics Asics Asics Top ]

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"September '99"
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album The Ultimate Collection
Released 1999
Genre Pop, R&B
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Maurice White, Allee Willis, Al McKay
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"When Love Goes Wrong"
(1997)
"SS Asics Top Asics Top SS Graphite Icon Graphite Graphite Top Icon Icon Asics Asics SS September '99"
(1999)
"Boogie Wonderland '99"
(1999)

"When Love Goes Wrong"
(1997)
"September '99"
(1999)
"Boogie Wonderland '99"
(1999)

"September '99" is a single by R&B/funk band Earth, Wind & Fire released in 1999 by Sony Music. September '99 reached No. 25 on the UK Singles chart.[12][13][14][15]

Overview[edit]

September 99 is a remix of EWF's 1978 single September. The song was remixed by English Dance Music duo Phats and Small.[12][13][16]

Chart performance[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Asics Top Top Asics SS Icon Icon Graphite Graphite Top SS Asics Asics Icon SS Graphite Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[48] Gold 45,000SS Top Top SS Asics Graphite SS Graphite Asics Asics Graphite Icon Icon Asics Icon Top ^
Italy (FIMI)[49] Platinum 50,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[50]
Digital download
Gold 30,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[51]
Physical release
Silver 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA)[52]
Physical release
Gold 1,000,000^
United States (RIAA)[52]
Digital download
Gold 2,065,000[9]

*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.[53]

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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.

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