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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

Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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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

17th Avenue All-Stars : 17th Ave All Stars : 1 CD

17th Avenue All-Stars : 17th Ave All Stars

Original member Norm Silver, aided and abetted by Jackie Farrell and Rita Dean, who also appeared on the All Stars last recording, "True Colors," are joined by three new members (including a vocal percussionist), though their musical journey in fact began much earlier - they won the Harmony Sweepstakes in 1993! The six members of this mixed group recently won the Denver regional competition of the Harmony Sweepstakes. Therefore their sound has evolved as well, and though their warm blend and soulful performances have not changed, depending on whom is assigned the lead vocal duties, a variety of impressions emerge. The earthy "Walking In Memphis," for example, is balanced by the eighties sheen of "Don't Stop Believin'." Superior clarity and a spacious mix helps to open up the ears for this tuneful new incarnation.

Songlist: Don't Stop Believin', I Wish, Walking In Memphis, I'm On Fire, Seesaw, God Shuffled His Feet, All Kinds Of People, My Child, You Don't Treat Me No Good, That's The Way Of The World, September

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2592c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella

Allmanna Sangen : Resonanser : 1 CD : 1714

Allmanna Sangen : Resonanser

The Swedish choral tradition enjoys a very high reputation, with music lovers often claiming to be able to recognize a uniquely Swedish choral sound. Exactly what this sound consists of is difficult to pinpoint, but often mentioned are keywords such as melancholy, the Scandinavian countryside, folk music and traditional ballads. The selection of works on this disc exemplifies all of these, and the performance of them has been entrusted to one of the choirs that have shaped Swedish choral music: Allmaanna Sangen, an Uppsala student choir with a history going back for more than 175 years. The choir's position in Swedish cultural life was demonstrated in 2005 by an invitation to sing at the Nobel Banquet. That performance was televised throughout the world, and in fact included three of the works on this disc - Biegga Luothe, Glaspolskan and Byss-Kalles slangpolska. Great traditions notwithstanding, this disc offers a new perspective on its subject, as the choir brings out new resonances in the often well-known music. A collaboration with Swedish jazz pianist Anders Widmark lends unusual colours to settings of ancient folk chorales (I Himmelen) and traditional harvest songs (Slattervisa), as well as to classics from the treasure of Swedish choral music such as Stenhammar's Three Choral Songs and Alfven's Evening. Both Allmanna Sangen and Anders Widmark have made a number of successful recordings, and now that they join forces for the first time, it is an occasion not to be missed.

Songlist: Biegga Luothe, Ljusfalten, I Himmelen, Glaspolskan, Slangpolska Efter Byss-Kalle, September, I Seraillets Have, Havde Jeg, O Havde Jeg en Datterson, o Ja!, Kung Liljekonvalje, Slattervisa Efter Knis Karl, En Midsommarnattsdrom, Under Ronn Och Syren, Im Herbst, Med En Barnbon Pa Sin Mun, Brollopsvisa Efter Kirsten Braten Berg

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9126c | 1 CD | $16.95

King's Men - King's College Cambridge : After Hours : 1 CD : 822231700623 : KGCL6.2

King's Men - King's College Cambridge : After Hours

The King's Men (the men's voices from King's College Choir) release a new album of close harmony arrangements. Produced in-house at King's, the album features previously unrecorded pop and jazz arrangements written for the group by current and former choral scholars. The songs range from classics such as 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and 'Old Man River' to more recent hits such as Carly-Rae Jepson's 'Call Me Maybe'. The group was helped by new Assistant Director of Music and former 'Swingle Singer' Ben Parry, who coached them in the art of close harmony singing.

Songlist: Get Around, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Wonderwall, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Forget You, Never Had A Dream Come True, September, Tears In Heaven, I Want It That Way, Minnie The Moocher, Call Me Maybe, Old Man River, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, I Want You Back

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22191c | 1 CD | $18.95 | A Cappella

St. Olaf Choir : Choral Masterworks Vol. 3 : 2 CDs : E 3355/6

St. Olaf Choir : Choral Masterworks Vol. 3

A collection of re-mastered archival recordings of the St. Olaf Choir from 1970-1990 under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Jennings

Songlist: Jubilate Deo, The Lord's Prayer, Come, Jesus, Come, Psalm 2, Op. 78, No. 1, O Sacrum Convivium, De Profundis, Op. 50b, Psalm 116 (114), Op. 10, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Walk as Children of the Light, An Apostrophe to the Heavenly Hosts, I Gondolieri (The Gondoliers), La Passeggiata (The Excursion), Cantate Domino, O Jesu Christe, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless, Cantata No. 150, Hymne, Op. 34, No. 2, O Love So Brief (From Grief to Glory: II), Psalm 90, September, Rimfrosten (Frost), Song of Cherubim (Izhe Xeruvimy), Brazilian Psalm, Ubi caritas

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2024c | 2 CDs | $24.95

Swedish Voices Chamber Choir : Swedish Rhapsody : 1 CD : 087

Swedish Voices Chamber Choir : Swedish Rhapsody

A generous collection of 26 finely-crafted folk, spiritual and traditional songs, with some light accompaniment, all sung in Swedish, by the acclaimed mixed-voice Swedish Voices Chamber Choir. Some favorites: "Uti ar hage (Out in the Meadows)," "Och jungfrun hon gar I dansen (The Maiden dancing in the Ring)," "Si god afton och god kvall (Evening Greeting Song)," "Tre korvisor (Three Choral Ballads)," ""Lustwins wijsa (Lustwin's Ballad)," "Sommarmarsch fran Osterbotten (Summer March from Osterbotten)," "Brusala," and the soulful "Sverige (Sweden)". There are a few all-instrumental songs here, but largely amazingly beautiful choral music from Sweden's finest! Nicely designed liner notes with info about the music.

Songlist: Stjarntandningen (The Star Lighting), Psaltare och lyra (Psaltery and Harp), Im Herbst, Swensk rapsodi (Swedish Rhapsody), Gladjens blomster (The Flowers of Delight), Uti var hage (Out in the Meadows), Och jungfrun hon gar I dansen (The Maiden Dancing in the Ring), Gammal sangpolska (Old Singing Polska), Vi salde vara hemman (Emigrant Song), Im Herbst, Varmlandsvisan (Thou lovely Varmland), Pingst (Whitsuntide), September, I Seaillets have (In The Pleasure Garden of the Seraglio), Havde jeg, o havde jeg en Datterson, o ja (Now If I Had a Grandson), Kung Liljekonvalje (King Lily-of-the-Valley), Idyll, Humoresk (Humoreque), Vaggsang (Lullaby), Polska, Lustwins wijsa (Lustwin's Ballad, Sommarmarsch fran Osterbotten (Summer March from Osterbotten), Sommarspalm (Summer Psalm), Forvarskvall (An Evening Early in the Spring), Brusala, Sverige (Sweden)

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7354c | 1 CD | $16.98 | A Cappella

Vocal Point : Maximum A Cappella : 1 CD : 5062380

Vocal Point : Maximum A Cappella

Brigham Young University's premiere 9-man a cappella ensemble, Vocal Point is known for their solid vocal percussion, innovative arrangements and pure vocal firepower. "Back in Blue," the group's eighth album, is a collection of 16 sixteen well-chosen covers. Some favorites are Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," Earth, Wind & Fire's anthem "September," Hairspray's very funny "Nicest Kids in Town," Sesame Street's "Telephone Opera" complete with hilarious new words, "Game Day," a tribute to popular sports songs, a wonderful arrangement of Josh Groban's "Remember When It Rained," Huey Lewis & The News' "Hip to Be Square." and James Stevens' a cappella arrangement of the powerful, beautiful "Lead, Kindly Light." VP has a fresh, spirited, bright sound that animates these songs and draws us in every time. "Back in Blue" is great Collegiate entertainment and a stone winner!

Songlist: Hip to Be Square, Got to Get You Into My Life, I'm Yours, Inspector Pachuco, Remember When It Rained, Grace Kelly, The Nicest Kids in Town, Game Day, Opera #2 (Vitas), September, We All Need Saving, Telephone Opera, It Had Better Be Tonight, Lead, Kindly Light, Jump, Jive an' Wail

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5982c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella

Vox Audio : Voice Activated : 1 CD

Vox Audio : Voice Activated    Out of Print

Orlando, FL-based 3-man, 2 Women Vox Audio, formerly Toxic Audio, who jumped fro the 1998 Orlando Fringe Festival to featured Disney performers, to 2000 Harmony Sweeps Champs, were on a huge roll, and it has kept going: their "Chemistry" was named 2003 CASA Album of the Year, national tv appearances, and their off-Broadway show in NYC's Houseman Theatre won the 2004 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience." Officially changing their moniker to Vox Audio with "Voice Activated, the group thanks the name in the liner notes for "13 years of faithful service, we hope you enjoy your condo in Boca!" Toxic Audio's live shows and CDs have always been hilarious, and "Voice Activated" follows suit bigtime: "I Gotta Firework," "Sound Guy," "Go to Bed Early," "I Wish I Could Go Back to College," "Quiet Time" and "Swingin' Low," which features a "Wicked Scat Solo" by Michelle, "Wicked Horn" by Paul and "Wicked Bass" by Trist Curless, are all hilarious. Great, funny stuff by one of our all time favorite a cappella groups!

Songlist: I Gotta Firework, Crazy, Sound Guy, Imagine, Swingin' Low, Beautiful Day, Go To Bed Early, September, Grace Kelly, Man of Constant Sorrow, A Little Less Conversation, Quiet Time, I Wish I Could Go Back to College, Group Bio

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2127c | 1 CD | $14.95 ON SALE $ | A Cappella

Individual Folios

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September : SAB : Mark Brymer : Earth, Wind & Fire : 1 CD : 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 | $2.50 | With Piano |
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| 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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