About the song
If you are a fan of disco music, you probably know the song “More Than a Woman” by the Bee Gees. This catchy tune was one of the hits from the soundtrack of the 1978 movie Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as a young man who finds escape and romance on the dance floor. But do you know the story behind this song? How did the Bee Gees write it, record it and perform it? In this blog post, we will explore the history of “More Than a Woman” and why it is still a classic today.
“More Than a Woman” was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, the three brothers who formed the Bee Gees in 1958. The song was part of a batch of songs that they wrote and produced for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which also included “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Night Fever” and “If I Can’t Have You”. The soundtrack was a huge success, selling over 40 million copies worldwide and winning five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. It also helped to popularize disco music and culture in the late 1970s.
The Bee Gees recorded “More Than a Woman” in three different studios: Le Chateau in France, Criteria in Miami and Cherokee in Los Angeles. The song features their trademark falsetto vocals, harmonies and disco beat.
Interestingly, there are two versions of “More Than a Woman” on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack: one by the Bee Gees and one by Tavares, an American R&B group. Both versions are featured in the movie as well. The Bee Gees version was not released as a single in the US and the UK, but only in some other territories like Italy and Australia. Despite that, it has remained a staple on radio and one of their best known songs. The Tavares version was released as a single and reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“More Than a Woman” has been covered and sampled by many artists over the years, such as Aaliyah, 911, Boyz II Men, Andy Gibb, Faith No More and SG Lewis. The song has also been included on many Bee Gees compilations, such as Tales from the Brothers Gibb and Their Greatest Hits: The Record. The song is also a regular feature of the group’s live sets, often coupled with “Night Fever”. The song showcases the Bee Gees’ talent for writing catchy melodies, memorable lyrics and producing hit songs that transcend time and genre.