is the soundtrack album from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track starring Saturday Night Fever John Travolta. In the United States, the album was certified 15× Platinum for shipments of over 15 million copies. The album stayed atop the album charts for 24 straight weeks from January to July 1978 and stayed on Billboard's album charts for 120 weeks until March 1980. In the UK, the album spent 18 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The album epitomized the [4 ] disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic and was an international sensation. The album has been added to the [5 ] National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress. [6 ] Background [edit ]
Bee Gees completed mixing their live album at Here at Last...Bee Gees...Live Le Château, they began recording songs for their next album. " If I Can't Have You" was the first song they recorded, but it was not used on the film. The Bee Gees' songs began in Le Chateau, France and finished in Criteria and Cherokee Studios. Barry was the lead vocalist on all of the songs as it was pretty much established on that his voice was now the voice of the Bee Gees. With mostly falsetto and an occasional breathy natural voice, Barry performed much of the backing and harmony vocals with Robin and Maurice. On the recording of the songs, Maurice was sometimes notable for bass guitar parts and Children of the World Blue Weaver on keyboards and synthesizer. [7 ]
The original issue of the album included the original studio version of "Jive Talkin'"; later LP pressings included a version culled from
. All CD releases have included the original "Jive Talkin'". "Jive Talkin'" was to have been used in a deleted scene taking place the day after Tony Manero's first Saturday night at the disco, but as the sequence was cut for the final film, the song was cut as well. Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live
In addition to the Bee Gees songs, additional incidental music was composed and adapted by
David Shire. Three of Shire's cues – "Manhattan Skyline", "Night on Disco Mountain" (based on the classical piece " Night on Bald Mountain") and "Salsation" – are included on the soundtrack album as well. Five additional cues – "Tony and Stephanie", "Near the Verrazano Bridge" (both adapted from the Bee Gees' song "How Deep Is Your Love"), "Barracuda Hangout", "Death on the Bridge" and "All Night Train" – while heard in the film, remain unreleased on CD.
In 1994, the soundtrack was re-released on CD through
Polydor Records. In 2006, the album was re-released on Reprise Records as part of the Bee Gees' regaining control of their master tapes.
Along with the success of the movie, the soundtrack, composed and performed primarily by the
Bee Gees, was the best-selling soundtrack album (it was later surpassed by Whitney Houston's soundtrack to ). The Bodyguard [8 ] Saturday Night Fever had a large cultural impact in the United States. The Bee Gees had originally written and recorded the five of the songs used in the film, " Stayin' Alive", " Night Fever", " How Deep Is Your Love", " More Than a Woman" (performed in the film in two different versions – one version by Tavares, and another by the Bee Gees) and " If I Can't Have You" (performed in the movie by Yvonne Elliman) as part of a regular album. They had no idea at the time they would be making a soundtrack and said that they basically lost an album in the process. Two previously released Bee Gees songs – " Jive Talkin'" and " You Should Be Dancing" – are also included on the soundtrack. Other previously released songs from the disco era round out the music in the movie.
The soundtrack also won a
Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It is the only disco album to do so, and one of only two soundtrack albums so honored (the other being [9 ] ). In 2012, the album was ranked No. 132 on The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The soundtrack hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard Music Chart's Pop Album and Soul Album charts. In 2003 the TV network VH1 named it the 57th greatest album of all time, and it was ranked 80th in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork Media listed Saturday Night Fever as the 34th best album of the 1970s.
The album has been added to the
National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress on March 21, 2013 for long-term preservation. [10 ] Track listing [edit ]
1. " Stayin' Alive" ( Bee Gees) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson 4:45 2. " How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson 4:05 3. " Night Fever" (Bee Gees) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson 3:33 4. " More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson 3:18 5. " If I Can't Have You" ( Yvonne Elliman) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb Freddie Perren 3:00 Additional songs recorded for the film but not used [edit ] Personnel [edit ] Mike Baird – Drums (Track C 1) Michael Boddicker – Synthesizer (Tracks B 3, C 1) Bob Bowles – Guitar (Tracks A 5, B 2) Dennis Bryon – Drums (Tracks A 1 to 4, Side C 3 & 4) Dennis Budimir – Guitar (Track C 1) Sonny Burke – Piano (Tracks A 5, B 2 & 3) Sonny Burke – Electric Keyboards (Track D 1) Eddie Cano – Acoustic Piano (Track D 1) Carmine d'Amico – Guitar, Electric Guitar (Track B 1) Paulinho DaCosta – Percussion (Tracks A 5, B 2) Scott Edwards – Bass (Tracks A 5, Side C 1, D 1) Steve Forman – Percussion (Tracks B 3, C 1, D 1) James Gadson – Drums (Tracks A 5, B 2 & 3) Robin Gibb – Vocals (Tracks A 1 to 4, C 3 & 4) Barry Gibb – Vocals, Guitar (Tracks A 1 to 4, C 3 & 4) Maurice Gibb – Vocals, Bass (Tracks A 1 to 4, C 3 & 4) Ralph Grierson – Keyboards (Track C 1) Mitch Holder – Guitar (Track B 3) Alan Kendall – Guitar (Tracks A 1 to 4, C 3 & 4) Abraham Laboriel – Bass (Track B 3) Joe Lala – Percussion (Track C 4) Stephen Stills – Guitar Joey Murcia – Guitar (All tracks) Freddie Perren – Synthesizer, Keyboards, Percussion (Track A 5) Emil Richards – Percussion (Track C 1, D 1) Jerome Richardson – Trumpet solo (Track D 1) Lee Ritenour – Guitar (Tracks B 3, C 1, D 1) David Shire – Adaptation (Track C 1) Mark Stevens – Drums (Track D 1) Chino Valdez – Congas (Track D 1) Blue Weaver – Keyboards (Tracks A 1 to 4, C 3 & 4) Bob Zimmitti – Percussion (Tracks A 5, B 2, D 1) John Tobler – Liner Notes Bill Oakes – Compilation, Album Supervision Awards [edit ] Grammy Awards [edit ] American Music Awards [edit ] 1979 Favorite Soul / R&B Album – "Saturday Night Fever" Singles [edit ]
Year Single Chart Position 1975 "Jive Talkin'" Pop Singles 1 1976 "A Fifth of Beethoven" Pop Singles 1 "You Should Be Dancing" Pop Singles 1 "Open Sesame" Pop Singles 55 1977 "How Deep Is Your Love" Adult Contemporary 1 Pop Singles 1 1978 "Night Fever" R&B Singles 8 Pop Singles 1 "If I Can't Have You" Pop Singles 1 "Stayin' Alive/Night Fever/More Than A Woman" Club Play Singles 3 "Stayin' Alive" Pop Singles 1 R&B Singles 4 "Disco Inferno" Pop Singles 11 "More Than a Women" Pop Singles 32 "Boogie Shoes" Pop Singles 35 Charts [edit ]
Chart positions [edit ] Year-end charts [edit ] Decade-end charts [edit ] Certification/Sales [edit ] Usually the BVMI does not give a 6× Gold certification, but a 3× Platinum instead. The reason for this singular certification is unclear. [41 ] See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ "Allmusic review". ^ Album: Saturday Night Fever. Robert Christgau. ^ Various Artists: Saturday Night Fever | Album Reviews. Pitchfork (July 13, 2007). ^ "Gold & Platinum – November 30, 2009". RIAA . Retrieved November 30, 2009. ^ James Sullivan, Chronicle Pop Culture Critic (January 14, 2003). "APPRECIATION / Contributor to a sound that went beyond disco". San Francisco Chronicle . Retrieved November 30, 2009. ^ Richards, Chris. "Library of Congress adds 'Saturday Night Fever,' Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd to audio archive - San Jose Mercury News". Mercurynews.com . Retrieved 2014-04-07. ^ "Gibb Songs : 1977". Columbia.edu (December 20, 1976). ^ Morgan, Laura (December 10, 1999), , The Winning Score Entertainment Weekly , retrieved August 5, 2010 ^ "GRAMMY.com". GRAMMY.com. February 8, 2009 . Retrieved November 30, 2009. ^ "Simon & Garfunkel song among those to be preserved". CFN13 . Retrieved 21 March 2013. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). . Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. ^ "austriancharts.at Soundtrack - (ASP). Saturday Night Fever" Hung Medien (in German) . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 1, 2013 ^ "dutchcharts.nl Soundtrack - (ASP). Saturday Night Fever" Hung Medien (in Dutch). MegaCharts . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste : Bee Gees". infodisc.fr . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1978" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ a b c Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. ^ "charts.org.nz Soundtrack - (ASP). Saturday Night Fever" Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Soundtrack - (ASP). Saturday Night Fever" Hung Medien. VG-lista . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "swedishcharts.com Soundtrack - (ASP) Saturday Night Fever" . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on February 9, 2008 . Retrieved June 24, 2011. ^ "allmusic ((( . allmusic.com Saturday Night Fever > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))" . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "Album Search: Soundtrack - (in German). Media Control Saturday Night Fever" . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "Austriancharts.st - Jahreshitparade 1978" (in German). Hung Medien . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1978". RPM . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1978". Dutchcharts.nl . Retrieved March 1, 2014. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1978 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "Japanese Year-End Albums Chart 1978" [1978年アルバム年間ヒットチャート] (in Japanese). Oricon . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ a b "1970s Albums Chart Archive". everyhit.com. The Official Charts Company . Retrieved March 8, 2013. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1978". billboard.biz . Retrieved March 1, 2011. ^ "Album – Jahrescharts: 1978". charts.de. Media Control Charts . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ Billboard.com – Year End Charts – Year-end Albums – The Billboard 200 . Retrieved March 1, 2013. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Saturday Night Fever". Music Canada. ^ "French album certifications – Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever" (in French). InfoDisc. Select BEE GEES and click OK ^ "Les Meilleures Ventes de CD/Albums depuis 1968 :". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP . Retrieved 2012-01-12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bee Gees; 'Saturday Night Fever')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. ^ "Gold Disc Award 1979". IFPI . Retrieved August 17, 2012. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Saturday Night Fever – OST". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Saturday Night Fever – OST in the field Search . Select Title in the field Search by . Select album in the field By Format . Click Go ^ Murells, Joseph (1984-12-31). . Batsford Million selling records from the 1900s to the 1980s: an illustrated directory . Retrieved 2013-04-30. ^ "American album certifications – Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold/Platin". musikindustrie.de . Retrieved October 30, 2011. External links [edit ]
Year Album Artist(s) Producer(s)* 1970 Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears ( Dick Halligan, Jerry Hyman, Steve Katz, Fred Lipsius, Lou Soloff, David Clayton-Thomas, Chuck Winfield) James William Guercio 1971 Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel ( Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Roy Halee 1972 Tapestry Carole King Lou Adler 1973 The Concert for Bangladesh George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann George Harrison, Phil Spector 1974 Innervisions Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder 1975 Fulfillingness' First Finale Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder 1976 Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon Paul Simon, Phil Ramone 1977 Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder 1978 Rumours Fleetwood Mac ( Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks) Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut 1979 Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track · Bee Gees ( Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb) · KC and the Sunshine Band ( Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch, Fermin Goypisolo, Robert Johnson, Jerome Smith) · Kool & the Gang ( Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown, Larry Gittens, Robert Mickens, Otha Nash, Claydes Smith, Dennis Thomas, Rickey West) · MFSB · Ralph MacDonald · Tavares (Butch Tavares, Chubby Tavares, Pooch Tavares, Ralph Tavares, Tiny Tavares) · The Trammps (Jimmy Ellis, Robert Upchurch, Harold Wade, Stanley Wade, Earl Young) · Walter Murphy · Yvonne Elliman Albhy Galuten, Arif Mardin, Bee Gees, Bill Oakes, Bobby Martin, Broadway Eddie, David Shire, Freddie Perren, Harry Wayne Casey, K.G. Productions, Karl Richardson, Ralph MacDonald, Richard Finch, Ron Kersey, Thomas J. Valentino, William Salter
*Engineers/Mixers hidden unless
Preceded by by Rumours Fleetwood Mac Billboard 200 number-one album January 21, 1978 – July 7, 1978 Succeeded by by City to City Gerry Rafferty Preceded by Rumours by Fleetwood Mac Top Canadian Chart number-one album February 4 – July 1, 1978 Succeeded by by Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf Preceded by by Simple Dreams Linda Ronstadt Australian Kent Music Report number-one album March 20, 1978 – June 25, 1978 Succeeded by Bat out of Hell by Meat Loaf Preceded by by I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight Neil Diamond New Zealand Chart number-one album March 26 – July 2, 1978 Succeeded by Kamahl by Kamahl Preceded by by Pastiche The Manhattan Transfer Swedish Albums Chart number-one album April 24 – July 14, 1978 Succeeded by by Nightflight to Venus Boney M. Preceded by Rumours by Fleetwood Mac Dutch MegaCharts number-one album May 6 – June 24, 1978 Succeeded by You're Welcome by BZN Preceded by by 20 Golden Greats Nat 'King' Cole UK Albums Chart number one album May 6, 1978 – September 2, 1978 Succeeded by Nightflight to Venus by Boney M. Preceded by Buenos dias Argentina by Udo Jürgens West German Media Control Chart number-one album May 12 – August 3, 1978 Succeeded by Nightflight to Venus by Boney M. Preceded by Sotto il segno dei pesci by Antonello Venditti Italian Chart number-one album June 3 – September 16, 1978 Succeeded by (soundtrack) by Various artists Grease Preceded by Deutsche Schlager-Diamanten by Various artists Nightflight to Venus by Boney M. Austrian Chart number-one album June 15 – July 15, 1978 September 15, 1978 Succeeded by Nightflight to Venus by Boney M. Disco Nights by Various artists Preceded by Gold Rush by Eikichi Yazawa Sera Masanori & Twist by Masanori Sera and Twist Japanese Oricon LP Chart number-one album July 17, 1978 August 17 – September 18, 1978 Succeeded by Sera Masanori & Twist by Masanori Sera and Twist Aitsu ga Shinda Ban by Takao Horiuchi Preceded by The Hits of Bonnie Tyler by Bonnie Tyler Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart number-one album 22 – 33/1978 Succeeded by Nightflight to Venus by Boney M.