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Stayin’ Alive: 40th Anniversary Salute To The Bee Gees & Saturday Night Fever by The Grammy Awards 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will celebrate the 40th Anniversary The Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and the Saturday Night Fever film on February 12, 2017. It will be followed by a CBS-TV Special Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees on April 16, 2017. The world premiere of the film Saturday Night Fever was held at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles and in New York theatres on December 14, 1977; nationwide on December 16, 1977. On March 13, 1978 Italy became the first country outside of the US to release the film, followed by the UK on March 23, 1978. saturday-night-fever-poster-duvet-magazine

Performers will include ten-time Grammy Award winner John Legend, five-time Grammy Award winner Celine Dion, four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, two-time Grammy Award winners Little Big Town, two-time Grammy Award winners multi-platinum pop-funk band DNCE, Grammy Award nominee Andra Day, Grammy Award nominee Nick Jonas, Grammy Award nominee Demi Lovato, Grammy Award nominees Pentatonix, and Grammy Award nominee Tori Kelly. Additional performers to be announced.


2001 Odyssey Disco original poster: Brooklyn World Premiere, December 16, 1977.

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American Musical Film and Drama Film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as “Tony Manero,” a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn discothèque; Karen Lynn Gorney as “Stephanie Mangano”, his dance partner and eventual confidante; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony’s former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the champion dancer. His circle of friends and weekend dancing help him to cope with the harsh realities of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his general restlessness. It was filmed in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York. Film scenes include the 2001 Odyssey Disco on 64th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; the New York City Subway system; 86th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn; Lenny’s Pizza on 86th Street, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn; and the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge (named after Giovanni da Verrazzano- but in error the second Z was omitted) located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn it is a suspension bridge to Staten Island. In 2010, Saturday Night Fever was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
 The dance floor scenes were filmed at the famous 2001 Odyssey Disco on 64th Street in Brooklyn, New York which opened in 1975. By 1976 Disco greats like Gloria Gaynor, Carol Douglas, Tavares, The Trammps, Blue Magic, and countless others began performing there. In the 1980s when Odyssey closed, it reopened and was renamed Spectrum, a Gay club for Men and Women. The dance floor remained intact until Spectrum closed its doors on February 12, 2005; the famous dance floor was auctioned off.
The film was directed by John Badham, produced by Robert Stigwood, screenplay by Norman Wexler, based on Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night by Nik Cohn. It starred John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Donna Pescow, Bruce Ornstein, Martin Shakar, and Julie Bovasso. Music by The Bee Gees (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb) along with David Shire. Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode, edited by David Rawlins, production company RSO Records, distributed by Paramount Pictures, premiere date December 14, 1977.
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track is the soundtrack album from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. In the United States, the album was certified 15× Platinum for shipments of over 15 million copies. The album stayed atop the album charts for 24 straight weeks from January to July 1978 and stayed on Billboard’s album charts for 120 weeks until March 1980. In the UK, the album spent 18 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The album epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic and was an international sensation. In 1979, it won a Grammy as Album of the Year. In 2003, it reached # 131 of Rolling Stone’s “500 best albums of all time”.  The album has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for being culturally significant. It is one of the most successful movie sound tracks of all time.odyssey-2001-duvet-copy
The GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever by presenting Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees. The live concert taping will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The special will broadcast on the CBS Television Network this year, 2017. Set to pay tribute to five-time GRAMMY winners and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and GRAMMY Legend Award recipients the Bee Gees are previous GRAMMY nominee Andra Day, five-time GRAMMY winner Celine Dion, multiplatinum pop-funk band DNCE, previous GRAMMY nominee Nick Jonas, previous GRAMMY nominee Tori Kelly, 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend, current GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato, two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town, two-time GRAMMY winners and current nominees Pentatonix, and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban. Seven-time GRAMMY winner and Bee Gees co-founder Barry Gibb will also be on hand to perform a selection of hits from Saturday Night Fever — Soundtrack, which won Album Of The Year for 1978 and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2004. Additional performers will be announced soon. “The Bee Gees — Barry, Robin and Maurice — were international musical icons who helped make Saturday Night Fever an emblem of 1970s pop culture,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “With expert harmonies, undeniable groove and a personal charisma matching their onstage persona, the iconic band of brothers defined not just a genre, but a generation. I’m looking forward to celebrating one of the most famous soundtracks ever produced and reliving Saturday Night Fever, once again.” “The Bee Gees created many of pop music’s most memorable anthems and to be able to gather some of music’s brightest lights together to salute this great legacy is very exciting to me,” said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. “Presenting new versions of these great songs promises an evening of true highlights, both for the artists themselves and millions of music fans. I’m proud to share a 42-year connection with Barry and his brothers and look forward to helping to create an amazing night of music and memories.”Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich and Rac Clark are the executive producers, Ron Basile is the producer and David Wild is the writer. —Grammy Awards, January 27, 2017lennys-pizza-painting-duvet-copy

Saturday Night Fever, The Original Movie Sound Track, 1977:

Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive
Bee Gees: How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees: Night Fever
Bee Gees: More Than A Woman
Yvonne Elliman: If I Can’t Have You
Walter Murphy: A Fifth Of Beethoven
Tavares: More Than A Woman
David Shire: Manhattan Skyline
Ralph MacDonald: Calypso Breakdown
David Shire: Night On Disco Mountain
Kool & The Gang: Open Sesame
Bee Gees: Jive Talkin’
Bee Gees: You Should Be Dancing
KC & The Sunshine Band: Boogie Shoes
David Shire: Salsation
M.F.S.B.: K-Jee
The Trammps: Disco Inferno


The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success; as a popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s. The group sang recognisable three-part tight harmonies; Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s. The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists.

50 years ago in 1967: Bee Gees’ 1st was the third studio album by the Bee Gees, and their first international full-length recording after two albums distributed only in Australia and New Zealand. Bee Gees’ 1st was the group’s debut album for the UK Polydor label, and for the US Atco label.Bee Gees 1st was released on 14 July 1967 in the UK.

 Their countless Greatest Hits include: “New York Mining Disaster 1941”, “To Love Somebody”, “Holiday”, “Tragedy”, “Massachusetts”, “Words”, “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You”, “I Started a Joke”, “Fanny Be Tender”, “I Can’t See Nobody”, “First of May”, “Alone”, “Lonely Days”, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, “Run to Me”, “Jive Talkin'”, “Nights on Broadway”, “Love So Right”, “If I Can’t Have You”, “Love Me”, “You Should Be Dancin'”, “Stayin’ Alive”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Night Fever”, “More Than a Woman”, “Emotions”, “Too Much Heaven”, “Love You Inside Out”, “Guilty”, “Heartbreaker”, “Immortality”, and “Islands in the Stream”.

Andy Gibb a singer, songwriter, and a teen idol was the younger brother of the Bee Gees: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb (the Brothers Gibb). Andy came to international prominence in the late 1970s with six singles that reached the Top 10 in the United States starting with “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” in 1977, as well as three other top 20 singles including “Shadow Dancing”, “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water”, and “An Everlasting Love”.

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