Stayin’ Alive- The Bee Gees

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on December 14th of 1977 the movie, Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, premieres in New York City and is instrumental in spreading the Disco craze throughout the country. The soundtrack will go on to be one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, racking up over 15 million in sales. From that motion picture soundtrack comes The Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive”. This plays over the opening credits of the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever while John Travolta struts through the streets of New York City. The movie has come to represent the Disco era, and has made this the song most associated with Disco. The Bee Gees had been singing in a high-falsetto style since their 1975 hit “Jive Talkin’,” which was also on the soundtrack, but they were very popular as a vocal harmony group in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Their contributions to Saturday Night Fever brought them huge success, but marked them as Disco singers. This was one of five songs the Bee Gees wrote specifically for Saturday Night Fever. Like the film, the song is about much more than dancing and having a good time. It deals with struggle and aspiration; making your way in the world even after you’ve been kicked around. John Travolta’s character in the movie is a young man working a dead-end job who feels alienated by his parents. Dancing is his form of expression, and weekends are his time to let loose. Robert Stigwood, who produced Saturday Night Fever, is the one who asked The Bee Gees to write music for the film. Stigwood got the idea for the film from a New York Magazine article about the Brooklyn club scene. Robert Stigwood asked for a song called “Saturday Night,” but the Bee Gees wanted nothing to do with that title, since many other songs, including a very popular one by the Bay City Rollers, had that name. Stigwood objected when he’s heard the song was called “Stayin’ Alive,” but the group told him that if he didn’t like it, they would just use the song on their own album. The song topped the US charts and peaked at #4 in the UK.