Hot Music For A Saturday Night! (Saturday Night Fever)

Physical Album Sales: 15,000,000+

Release November 1977

The Bee Gees success had got so low prior to 1977 that their record company, Atlantic, refused to release one of their albums.

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However following the release of Saturday Night Fever, the soundtrack produced 6 U.S. number ones including “Staying Alive” and How Deep Is Your Love and a UK number one with “Night Fever”.

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The album quickly defined the sound of disco when released in November 1977, and by 1978 had clocked up 24 weeks at the top of the U.S. album charts and also reached number 1 in the UK.

The film continued to drive album success as a version more suitable for a younger audience was also released. The album received Grammy Awards for Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Best Arrangements for Vocals (Staying Alive) and Producer Of The Year.

Artists on the soundtrack included Kool And The Gang, Tavares, The Trammps and Yvonne Elliman. No album was able match its sales until the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller in 1982.

The album was featured on Hospital Radio Bedford Tuesday 28th February 2017

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