Originally The Salty Peppers, Maurice White’s band, Earth, Wind & Fire went on to huge success which included the 1978 hit, September
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- Rolling Stone Magazine declared Earth, Wind & Fire to have “changed the sound of black pop”.
- Founded in Chicago in 1971 by Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire grew out of a previous band with the very uncool name of The Salty Peppers.
- Other band members included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, Al McKay and Andrew Woolfolk.
- Earth, Wind & Fire has received 20 Grammy nominations, winning six awards. Maurice and Philip have won Grammys as individuals. The band has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- With over 100 million records sold, the band is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.
- But it doesn’t stop there, incredibly, five band members, Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay, have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- Throughout the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Earth, Wind & Fire had a number of funk/disco hits, including: Shining Star, Devotion, Can’t Hide Love, September, Boogie Wonderland, and After the Love Has Gone. Despite a plethora of hits, the band hit the #1 spot on the US singles charts only once – with Shining Star in 1974. September was their highest charting UK hit (#3).
- Earth, Wind & Fire have influence many artists with three in particular, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and Dionne Warwick, heaping praise on the band.
- Maurice passed away in February 2016 but the band continues to perform with Philip Bailey still leading the vocals (which he previously shared with Maurice).
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- Earth, Wind & Fire was the first African-American act to sell out Madison Square Garden.
- President Barack Obama invited Earth, Wind & Fire to perform at the White House for the first social event of his administration.
- September was released as a single by Earth, Wind & Fire on November 18, 1978.
- It was written by Earth, Wind & Fire members, Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis.
- It was recorded during the I Am sessions and featured on the band’s The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1.
- September reached #1 on the US R&B chart, #8 on the US singles chart, and #3 on the UK singles chart.
- The song was also later released as December. Chord changes andmelody remained identical, with the lyrics re-written for the “…Twenty-fifth of December…”
- September has been covered and sampled by numerous artists and appeared in dozens of movies and television programmes.
- September lyrics.
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