70s Music

Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing

About the song

If you are a fan of disco music and movies, you probably know the song “You Should Be Dancing” by the Bee Gees. This song was a huge hit in 1976 and became one of the icons of the disco era. But do you know the story behind this song and how it was featured in the movie Saturday Night Fever?

The song was written by the three Gibb brothers: Barry, Robin and Maurice. They were inspired by the rhythm of a song called “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band, which they heard in a Miami studio. They decided to write a song with a similar groove, but with their own distinctive harmonies and falsetto vocals.

The song was recorded in France, where the Bee Gees were working on their album Children of the World. They used a drum machine, a synthesizer and a guitar to create the catchy beat. They also invited some of their friends to join them in the studio, including Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who played percussion on the track.

The song was released as a single in July 1976 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September. It also topped the charts in Canada, Australia and South Africa. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, but lost to “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band.

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The song became even more popular when it was used in the movie Saturday Night Fever, which came out in December 1977. The movie starred John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man from Brooklyn who escapes his troubles by dancing at a local disco. The movie was a huge success and boosted Travolta’s career as well as the Bee Gees’ popularity.

The song was featured in one of the most memorable scenes of the movie, where Travolta takes over the dance floor with his impressive moves. The scene was choreographed by Lester Wilson, who taught Travolta how to dance to the song. The scene was filmed at a real disco called 2001 Odyssey in Brooklyn, which later became a landmark for fans of the movie.

The song is considered one of the classics of disco music and has been covered by many artists, such as Bruce Springsteen, U2, Coldplay and The Scissor Sisters. It has also been used in other movies, TV shows, commercials and video games. The song is still played at clubs and parties around the world, where people can enjoy its upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics.

So what are you waiting for? You should be dancing, yeah!


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