Why is September 21st known as Earth, Wind & Fire Day?

SOME songs are more than just music, they tell a story that can lead to history in the making.

Earth, Wind & Fire’s song September has officially been turned from just a song into a celebratory day.


R&B funk band Earth, Wind & Fire has popularized the date September 21stCredit: Getty Images

Who is Earth, Wind & Fire?

An afro-pop, jazz, R&B funk band, Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with over 90 million records sold.

The band was founded in 1969 by Maurice White of the Salty Peppers. Many people have been members throughout the years, including but not limited to Ralph Johnson, Verdine White, and Philip Bailey.

Why is the 21st of September important?

The band released September in 1978, and it has since become a household name among music fans.

The lyrics start off with:

Do you remember, 21st night of September?
Love was changing the mind of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away
Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
How the stars stole the night away, oh yeah

Because of this, September 21st has become a day celebrated by many over the years. Memes, gifs, and videos are popularized on this day to the point where the Los Angeles City Council declared the day Earth, Wind & Fire Day in 2019.

Los Angeles named September 21st Earth, Wind, and Fire Day due to the popularity of the band and lyrics


Los Angeles named September 21st Earth, Wind, and Fire Day due to the popularity of the band and lyricsCredit: Getty Images

How is the 21st of September celebrated?

Internet comedian, Demi Adejuyigbe, has been recording unique videos each September 21st in an attempt to raise money for a multitude of charities.

With his 2020 video, he was able to raise over $300,000. According to WOKV, the money is donated to charities such as Street Watch LA, Trans United Fund and the BlackRoots Alliance.

Have Earth, Wind & Fire won any awards?

The band has won six Grammy‘s and have had 33 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, according to CNN.

In the past few years with the popularization of social media, September has gotten over 200 percent more streams than in previous years on Spotify.

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