The Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack hit #1 today in 1978

January 20, 2018

On this day in 1978 

The soundtrack album 'Saturday Night Fever'

started a 24 week run at #1 on the US album charts

Saturday Night Fever

went on to sell over 30 million copies world wide

making it the best selling soundtrack album of all time

Saturday Night Fever epitomized the disco phenomenon

on both sides of the Atlantic 

and was an international sensation

 

Saturday Night Fever

has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for being culturally significant

"We were recording our new album in the north of France. And we'd written about and recorded about four or five songs for the new album when Stigwood rang from LA and said, 'We're putting together this little film, low budget, called Tribal Rites of a Saturday Night. Would you have any songs on hand?', and we said, 'Look, we can't, we haven't any time to sit down and write for a film'. We didn't know what it was about."

— Robin Gibb

The brothers wrote the songs "virtually in a single weekend" at Château d'Hérouville studio in France

The first song they recorded was "If I Can't Have You",

but their version was not used on the film.

Maurice Gibb recalled

"We played him demo tracks of 'If I Can't Have You',

'Night Fever' and 'More Than a Woman'.

He asked if we could write it more discoey."

Barry Gibb remembered the reaction when Stigwood and music supervisor Bill Oakes arrived and listened to the demos

"They flipped out and said these will be great. We still had no concept of the movie, except some kind of rough script that they'd brought with them."

 

Personnel

Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, rhythm guitar Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals

Maurice Gibb – bass, harmony and backing vocals

Alan Kendall – electric guitar

Blue Weaver – keyboards, synthesizer, piano 

Dennis Bryon – drums, percussion 

Joe Lala – percussion 

Stephen Stills – percussion

Mike Baird – drums

Michael Boddicker – synthesizer

Bob Bowles – guitar

Dennis Budimir – guitar

Sonny Burke – piano, electric keyboards

Eddie Cano – acoustic piano

Mike Caruso – guitar

Paulinho da Costa – percussion

Scott Edwards – bass

Steve Forman – percussion

James Gadson – drums

Ralph Grierson – keyboards

Mitch Hoder – guitar

Abraham Laboriel – bass

Freddie Perren – synthesizer, keyboards, percussion 

Emil Richards – percussion

Jerome Richardson – flute solo

Tony Terran – trumpet solo

Lee Ritenour – guitar

David Shire – adaptation

Mark Stevens – drums

Chino Valdez – congas

Bob Zimmitti – percussion

John Tobler – liner notes

Bill Oakes – compilation, album supervision

 

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

6."A Fifth of Beethoven" (Walter Murphy)

7."More Than a Woman" (Tavares)

8."Manhattan Skyline" (David Shire)

9."Calypso Breakdown" (Ralph MacDonald)

 

Side C

10."Night on Disco Mountain" (David Shire)

11."Open Sesame" (Kool & the Gang)

12."Jive Talkin' " (Bee Gees)

13."You Should Be Dancing" (Bee Gees)

14."Boogie Shoes" (KC and the Sunshine Band)

 

Side D

15."Salsation" (David Shire)

16."K-Jee" (MFSB)

17."Disco Inferno" (The Trammps)

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