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Thursday, September 16, 2021

J-Canuck's September Songs


I just kinda thought, "What the heck!". Let's get some September songs up here. For some reason, September-themed kayo seems to be the most frequent of all of the months, although I think May and August are up there as well. I'm also going to throw in a couple of my favourite American September tunes as well since the 21st is coming soon. Most of them have already been written about on the blog so I'm only going to provide commentary for just one song here.

The Ames Brothers -- September Song (1960s)

And this is the song..."September Song" which was originally a song introduced in 1938 in the Broadway musical "Knickerbocker Holiday", and from what I've heard of the various versions, it's usually arranged in a very soft and wistful style. However, the first version that I had heard was the one by The Ames Brothers via that LP collection of standards that my father got with his RCA Victor stereo back in the 1960s. The reason that I remember it so well is that this version is so jazzy and upbeat that it can only be made for cutting a rug in front of the jukebox. If anyone can inform me when exactly this version was recorded, I will be grateful.

Earth Wind & Fire -- September (1978)

Mariya Takeuchi -- September (1979)

Anri -- September Walkin' (1983)

Akemi Kakihara -- September Tokyo Tower (1995)

The last two are the original and jazzier versions of this song. I couldn't really leave either one behind.

Yukio Sasaki -- September Valentine (1977)

Tohoku Shinkansen -- September Valentine (1982)


  1. It must be sunny where you are, without a glimpse of any September rain.

    1. I was, of course, referring to Kugatsu no Ame (Hiromi Ota).

    2. Actually, I'd assumed that you meant "September Rain" by Makoto Matsushita.:)

  2. The legendary 70s rock titans of Tulip even has their own take on September:

  3. Songs related to the month of September always seem to be magically highly iconic and memorable for some unknown reason?

    1. Hello, Brian. I think the popularity of September songs might be due to the fact that fall is seen as the end of romance and the beginning of contemplation of what was.

  4. This line of reasoning never occurred to me before, but now that you have said it it actually makes sense.


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