Why Earth Wind & Fire Picked 21st for Their Song ‘September’?

Earth Wind & Fire Picked September 21st for Their Song 'September'

Learn about the significance of Earth Wind & Fire’s choice of 21st for their renowned song “September.” Explore the origins and significance of this classic musical date.

On September 21st, Earth Wind & Fire’s timeless hit “September” returns to the spotlight with its unforgettable lyrics: “Do you remember / The 21st night of September? / Love was changing the minds of pretenders / While chasing the clouds away.”

Earth Wind & Fire Picked 21st for Their Song ‘September’

But what’s the story behind this date’s significance and the band’s choice of it for their song?

Allee Willis, one of the song’s co-writers along with Al McKay and Maurice White, has already revealed the answer.

During a 2014 interview with NPR, she was questioned about it, and her response was as follows:

“We went through all the dates: ‘Do you remember the first, the second, the third, the fourth…,’ and the one that just felt the best was the 21st. I constantly have people coming up to me and they get so excited to know what the significance was. And there is no significance beyond it just sang better than any of the other dates. So… sorry!”

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However, during a 2019 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Willis mentioned that Marilyn White, Maurice White‘s widow, informed her that September 21, 1978, marked the expected birth date of White’s son, Kahbran. This revelation suggests that it could have influenced the inclusion of that specific date in the lyrics.

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