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September 21 is a special occasion for fans of the band Earth, Wind & Fire thanks lớn their hit song "September."

The 1978 classic celebrates the specific date in the song"s lyrics, though it was originally released on November 18 of that year as a new tuy nhiên on the album "The Best of Earth, Wind và Fire, Vol. 1.

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An upbeat disco track, the tuy nhiên has remained a firm favorite since it was first released thanks to its catchy melody & timeless lyrics.

To mark the anniversary, fans of the band even hold "21st night in September" parties across the globe every year.

Here is how the classic disco track came about.

How Did "September" Come khổng lồ Be?

"September" was co-written by Allee Willis alongside band members Maurice White & Al McKay.

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McKay and White worked on the track first, with the former coming up with the iconic upbeat melody và the latter riffing the opening line "do you remember."

It was while the band was working on the intro that Willis was brought into the studio, and in an interview with American Songwriter in 2018 she admitted that she knew instantly it was a track she wanted khổng lồ work on with them.

"When I walked in, the band was working on the intro & I thought "please let this be the one they want me to work on!" It was the happiest sounding thing I had ever heard," she revealed.


"September" was the first song Willis wrote with White, & it was she who urged the band lớn use the word "night" instead of "day" when referring to the iconic date in the song"s lyrics.

Speaking with CBS This Morning in 2019, shortly before her passing on Christmas Eve of that year, Willis said of the lyrics: "First thing I said "day"s" gotta go. It"s gotta be night. It"s more romantic."

The Phrase "Ba-dee-ya" Was Almost Cut

One thing Willis and White argued about during the lyric-writing process was the use of the phrase "ba-dee-ya," a melody the band leader used as a placement during every songwriting process.

It was a way for him khổng lồ work on the melodies of the song without real words, và Willis was keen for this phrase khổng lồ be replaced because it didn"t "make sense," but trắng wanted to lớn keep it in.

Speaking with Spotify in 2018 about the song"s origin, Willis reflected: "Every time he did that, I said: "Well, we"re going to replace that with real words, right? "Cause the tuy nhiên has to make sense"."

"Finally, it"s the last day of recording. The deadline is midnight & it"s 10 minutes to. Và I was literally in the studio, on my knees, because I thought: "Oh my God, this stupid phrase is going khổng lồ ruin the whole thing."

"So I finally said to lớn this incredibly calm, soulful, spiritual man: "What the f*** does "Ba-dee-ya" mean?" & Maurice essentially said "Who the f*** cares?" & I learned the biggest lesson of my songwriting career at that moment: Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove."


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Verdine White, Ralph Johnson and Maurice trắng of Earth Wind và Fire.Steve Grayson/WireImage