Turntable Tuesday: Frankie Valli Hits #1 With ‘Grease’ Today In 1978

Today in 1978, Frankie Valli went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song ‘Grease’. It went on to sell over 2 million in the States. Barry Gibb wrote a title song to order for the Robert Stigwood film of the stage musical Grease. Since it is heard only in the animated opening credits, it did not need to be recorded before filming. The song was recorded shortly after filming for the 1978 musical film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was probably when Gibb invited Peter Frampton to the session. Frampton plays guitar on the recording, while Gibb himself provides backing vocals. The other musicians were some of those from the Andy Gibb album that was being made around the same time.

Valli had two further chart successes the following year, “Save Me, Save Me” in November 1978, which entered the Billboard Easy Listening chart, and “Fancy Dancer” in January 1979, which entered the pop charts.

The Bee Gees would later perform the song in their tour One Night Only in 1997 until 1999, and captured on their live offering One Night Only.

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