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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER FILM:
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 SOUNDTRACK:
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.
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, 2017
Saturday Night Fever, The Original Movie Sound Track, 1977:TRACKLIST:Bee Gees: Stayin’ AliveBee Gees: How Deep Is Your LoveBee Gees: Night FeverBee Gees: More Than A WomanYvonne Elliman: If I Can’t Have YouWalter Murphy: A Fifth Of BeethovenTavares: More Than A WomanDavid Shire: Manhattan SkylineRalph MacDonald: Calypso BreakdownDavid Shire: Night On Disco MountainKool & The Gang: Open SesameBee Gees: Jive Talkin’Bee Gees: You Should Be DancingKC & The Sunshine Band: Boogie ShoesDavid Shire: SalsationM.F.S.B.: K-JeeThe Trammps: Disco Inferno