About the song

If you are a fan of musicals, you probably know the song “Grease” by Frankie Valli. It is the title track of the 1978 film “Grease” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and it was written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. But do you know the history behind this iconic song? In this blog post, we will explore how “Grease” came to be, and why it is still a classic today.

The song “Grease” was originally conceived by Barry Gibb as a demo for the film’s soundtrack. He recorded it in his home studio in Miami, Florida, with his brother Andy Gibb on backing vocals. He then sent it to producer Robert Stigwood, who was also the manager of the Bee Gees and the executive producer of the film. Stigwood liked the song, but he wanted a different singer for it. He thought of Frankie Valli, who was a popular singer in the 1960s and 1970s, and who had a distinctive falsetto voice. Stigwood contacted Valli and asked him to record the song. Valli agreed, and flew to Miami to meet with Barry Gibb.

The two singers hit it off, and recorded the song in one day at Criteria Studios. Barry Gibb played guitar and keyboard, and also produced the song. He gave Valli some tips on how to sing in falsetto, and added some synthesizer effects to give the song a modern sound. The song was mixed by Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten, who were also part of the Bee Gees’ production team.

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The song was released as a single in May 1978, two months before the film’s premiere. It was an instant hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1978, and staying there for two weeks. It also topped the charts in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and several European countries. It sold over seven million copies worldwide, and became one of the best-selling singles of all time. It also earned Valli a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.

The song was also featured prominently in the film’s opening credits, accompanied by an animated sequence that showed the characters and scenes from the film. The song set the tone for the film, which was a nostalgic tribute to the 1950s high school culture, with elements of comedy, romance, and drama. The film was a huge success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and spawning several sequels and spin-offs. The film’s soundtrack also became one of the best-selling albums of all time, with songs by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Sha Na Na, Stockard Channing, and others.

The song “Grease” has remained a popular and influential song over the years. It has been covered by many artists, such as Adam Lambert, Jessie J, Boyz II Men, Glee Cast, and others. It has also been featured in many TV shows, movies, video games, commercials, and musicals. It is considered one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, VH1, Billboard, and others.

The song “Grease” is more than just a catchy tune. It is a symbol of a generation, a culture, and a style. It is a song that celebrates youth, fun, and love. It is a song that makes you want to dance and sing along. It is a song that is timeless and universal. It is a song that is greased lightning.

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