More Than a Woman (Bee Gees song)

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"More Than a Woman"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
ReleasedNovember 15, 1977
Format7" single, 12" single
Recorded1977
GenreDisco
Length3:15
LabelRSO
Writer(s)Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
ProducerBee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
CertificationPlatinum (RIAA)[1]
Bee Gees singles chronology
"How Deep Is Your Love"
(1977)
"More Than a Woman"
(1977)
"Stayin' Alive"
(1977)
Saturday Night Fever track listing
Side A
  1. "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees)
  2. "How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees)
  3. "Night Fever" (Bee Gees)
  4. "More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees)
  5. "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman)
Side B
  1. "A Fifth of Beethoven" (Walter Murphy)
  2. "More Than a Woman" (Tavares
  3. "Manhattan Skyline" (David Shire)
  4. "Calypso Breakdown" (Ralph MacDonald)
Side C
  1. "Night on Disco Mountain" (David Shire)
  2. "Open Sesame" (Kool & the Gang)
  3. "Jive Talkin'" (Bee Gees)
  4. "You Should Be Dancing" (Bee Gees)
  5. "Boogie Shoes" (KC and the Sunshine Band)
Side D
  1. "Salsation" (David Shire)
  2. "K-Jee" (MFSB)
  3. "Disco Inferno" (The Trammps)
 
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"More Than a Woman"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
ReleasedNovember 15, 1977
Format7" single, 12" single
Recorded1977
GenreDisco
Length3:15
LabelRSO
Writer(s)Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
ProducerBee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
CertificationPlatinum (RIAA)[1]
Bee Gees singles chronology
"How Deep Is Your Love"
(1977)
"More Than a Woman"
(1977)
"Stayin' Alive"
(1977)
Saturday Night Fever track listing
Side A
  1. "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees)
  2. "How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees)
  3. "Night Fever" (Bee Gees)
  4. "More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees)
  5. "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman)
Side B
  1. "A Fifth of Beethoven" (Walter Murphy)
  2. "More Than a Woman" (Tavares
  3. "Manhattan Skyline" (David Shire)
  4. "Calypso Breakdown" (Ralph MacDonald)
Side C
  1. "Night on Disco Mountain" (David Shire)
  2. "Open Sesame" (Kool & the Gang)
  3. "Jive Talkin'" (Bee Gees)
  4. "You Should Be Dancing" (Bee Gees)
  5. "Boogie Shoes" (KC and the Sunshine Band)
Side D
  1. "Salsation" (David Shire)
  2. "K-Jee" (MFSB)
  3. "Disco Inferno" (The Trammps)

"More Than a Woman" is a disco song by the British dance group Bee Gees. It was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb[2] for the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever.

The soundtrack includes two versions — one by the Bee Gees and the other by Tavares. Both versions are featured in the film as well. The song has been recorded and performed by various artists but in different forms. The Bee Gees did not release this song as a single (though in Italy it peaked at #4 in 1978),[3] yet it has remained a staple on radio and one of their best known songs. An abridged live version of the song performed by the Bee Gees in 1997 is available on both the DVD and CD versions of One Night Only.

The song has also been included on Bee Gees compilations such as Tales from the Brothers Gibb and Their Greatest Hits: The Record. The very first British pressings of Their Greatest Hits: The Record featured the song with a mastering fault, with the audio noticeably dipping to the right briefly during the first verse. This was corrected after several thousand copies had been distributed.

The video is taken from Saturday Night Fever. It shows John Travolta dancing in a club.

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Tavares version[edit]

"More Than a Woman"
Single by Tavares
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
B-side"Keep in Touch" (US)
"We're Both Ready for Love" (UK)
ReleasedNovember 1977
Format7"
Recorded1977
GenreDisco, funk, soul
Length3:25
LabelPolydor, RSO, Capitol, EMI
Writer(s)Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
ProducerFreddie Perren
Tavares singles chronology
"Whodunit"
(1977)
"More Than a Woman"
(1977)
"One Step Away"
(1977)

"More Than a Woman" was also recorded by Tavares in 1977, and also appeared in Saturday Night Fever and on the soundtrack album. Their version charted at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100[4] and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[5]

Chart (1978)Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[6]29
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[7]34
UK (Official Charts Company)[5]7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4]32
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[4]36

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Bee Gees Platinum Singles. RIAA.com. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  2. ^ As per Gracenote CD database - see CD Universe lyrics.
  3. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1978 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
    49. More than a woman - The Bee Gees [#4]
  4. ^ a b c "Tavares awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "1978 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 27th May 1978". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "More than a woman in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tavares – More Than A Woman" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  8. ^ Flava to da Bone – More Than a Woman at Discogs
  9. ^ See corresponding article at the Chinese Wikipedia.
  10. ^ When ‘Glee’ went disco: The ‘Saturday Night Fever’ episode - Celebritology 2.0 - The Washington Post
  11. ^ glee-season-3-episode-16-saturday-night-fever-video

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