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Earth, Wind, & Fire is celebrating the band’s special day.

He tweeted a message to fans on Tuesday, September 21 – a date that became famous in his iconic song “September.”


“Happy September 21st!!” The band’s official account is written. “It’s officially Earth, Wind & Fire Day! Reply with a dance gif to keep the festivities going.”

The song became the group’s biggest hit when it was released in 1978 and features a question that has since become iconic: “Do you remember the night of the 21st of September?”

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The lyrics of the song describe the date between the two lovers as funny, but the exact significance was never revealed.

As it turns out, that’s because the significance, even for songwriters, is a bit vague. co-author Eli Willis speak to Song Facts About working with the band’s frontman Maurice White in 2008.

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The band had been her favorite for a long time, so Willis recalled how she immediately jumped on board when White called her to join a writing session.

“As soon as I opened the door and I heard that little guitar intro, I thought, ‘Oh my god, please let this be what they want me to work with,'” Willis recalled. “Because it was clearly a hit.”

The song had a loose concept of becoming a chorus.

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“The kind, well-known phrase Maurice used in every song he wrote was ‘ba-dee-ya,'” Willis explained. NPR in 2014. “So from the beginning he was singing, ‘Ba-di-ya, say, do you remember / Ba-di-ya, dancing in September.’ And I said, ‘We’re going to turn ‘ba-di-ya’ into actual words, aren’t we?”

Needless to say, the lyrics never changed, despite Willis’s desire to do so.

“And finally, when it was so clear that [White] Wasn’t supposed to do it, I just said, ‘What does f–k ‘ba-de-ya’ mean?’ And he essentially said, ‘Who the f—k cares?'” the songwriter said. “I learned my biggest lesson in songwriting from him, which never let the song get in the way of the groove.”

The famous opening line came together in a similar way.

“We went through all the dates: ‘Do you remember the first, second, third, fourth…’ and the one that felt best was the 21st,” she shared. “I’ve had people come constantly and they’re so excited to find out what the significance was. And there’s no significance beyond that, just rhymes better than any other dates. So…sorry! “

Granthshala News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.