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Music by Maurice White and Al McKay, Lyrics by Allee Willis

Originally Performed by Earth, Wind & Fire

"September" is a song by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis. It was recorded during the I Am sessions and released as a single in 1978. Featured on the band's album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, "September" reached number one on the US R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the UK singles chart.

This song was released on November 18, 1978, the same date of mass suicide in Jonestown. There is no evidence that White's unusual lyrics for the chorus have any concrete meaning (whether as a reference to the Persian king Bardiya, said to have been murdered in September 522 B.C., or otherwise), and were questioned by Willis: "I said, 'We are going to change 'ba-dee-ya' to real words, right?' ... I learned my greatest lesson ever in songwriting from him, which was never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.

    Release Date: 1971

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Deke Sharon : A Cappella R&B : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Deke Sharon : A Cappella R&B

The number one Temptations R&B classic "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" makes for a great closer or encore, and will have your audience clapping along. The melody sits in a perfect range to be sung by any voice parts (bass can be sung an octave lower), and with 4 verses it's a great opportunity for a shared solo. A soulful tenor solo soaring over rhythmic four part harmonies brings the Marvin Gaye Motown classic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to life. A perfect mid-set song to show off your group's ability to groove. "September" - Just four parts, but sounds like a dozen! The melody skips from part to part as the other voices playfully recreate Earth Wind and Fire's horns, guitars, bass, keyboards... everything but the costumes! NBC's sensational singing competition The Sing-Off continued its popularity again in 2011 with an exuberant celebration of the Lionel Richie #1 hit from 1983. Mesmerizing vocal grooves combine with solos and duets to create a joyful showcase for all types of vocal ensembles!

Songlist: Ain't Too Proud To Beg, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, September, All Night Long (All Night)

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Voicing: SATB | 7676b | Sheet Music Collection | $7.50 | A Cappella

Perpetuum Jazzile : Vocal Ecstasy : SATB : Songbook : 884088964504 : 1540000435 : 00124192

Perpetuum Jazzile : Vocal Ecstasy

From the large Slovenian pop choir Perpetuum Jazzile, best known for their cover of Toto's Africa (with over 19 million YouTube views), this collection of top hits will allow pop, show and concert choirs everywhere to recreate this amazing sound! Several songs have vocal percussion.

Songlist: Joyful, Joyful, Oh Happy Day, Africa, September, Boogie Wonderland, Just The Way You Are, Rosanna, True Colors, In The Stone

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Voicing: SATB | 4470b | Songbook | $8.95 | A Cappella

Richard Strauss : 57 Lieder - High Voice : Solo : Songbook : 888680640439 : 1495073599 : 48023898

Richard Strauss : 57 Lieder - High Voice

This newly engraved edition, based on the critical edition, presents the most comprehensive collection of Strauss songs, with a different compilation than any other edition. The High Voice includes the complete Brentano Songs (Op. 68) and the Four Last Songs. With translations for study and historical notes.

Songlist: Die Nacht, Nichts, Die Georgine, Die Zeitlose, Breit' Uber Mein Haupt, All Mein Gedanken, Du Meines Herzens Kronelein, Schlagende Herzen, Nachtgang, Meinem Kinde, Herr Lenz, Leises Lied, Befreit, Kling!, Amor, Der Pokal, Einerlei, Schlechtes Wetter, Wiegenlied, September, Waldseligkeit, Standchen, Freundliche Vision, Allerseelen, Traum Durch Die Dammerung, Geduld, Die Verschwiegenen, Seitdem Dein Aug' In Meines Schaute, Barkarole, Wozu Noch, Madchen, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 10529b | Songbook | $29.95

Various : Trolls : Solo : Songbook : 888680665463 : 1495088197 : 00216513

Various : Trolls

Matching folio to the infectious soundtrack of the 2016 DreamWorks film featuring songs by Justin Timberlake; Anna Kendrick; Zooey Deschanel; Gwen Stefani; Ariana Grande; Earth, Wind & Fire; and more! It includes the Grammy Award-winning song Can't Stop the Feeling.

Songlist: Move Your Feet, Hello, Mo' Money Mo' Problems, They Don't Know, It's A Sunshine Day, September, I'm Coming Out, Can't Stop The Feeling!, Hair Up, Get Back Up Again, D.A.N.C.E., What U Workin' With?, True Colors, The Sound Of Silence

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Voicing: Solo | 4459b | Songbook | $17.95 | PVG

Individual Folios

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September : SAB : Mark Brymer : Earth, Wind & Fire : Songbook : 08201825 : 073999239331

Mark Brymer : September

This 1979 Hot 100 hit by Earth Wind and Fire still sizzles! Straight-forward vocal writing and a hot horn chart make it perfect for pop showcases any time of year.Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, Instrumental ePak and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:25.

Arranger: Mark Brymer Performed By: Earth, Wind & Fire

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.15 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08201825 | Digital Version Available| Showtrax CD Available
Other Voicings: SATB, SSA, SATB, SSA

September : SATB : Deke Sharon : Earth, Wind & Fire : Sheet Music : 08751689 : 884088495077

Deke Sharon : September

Just four parts, but sounds like a dozen! The melody skips from part to part as the other voices playfully recreate Earth Wind and Fire's horns, guitars, bass, keyboards... everything but the costumes!

Arranger: Deke Sharon Performed By: Earth, Wind & Fire

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08751689 | Digital Version Available

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