|Single by Frankie Valli|
|from the album Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture|
|Released||May 6, 1978|
Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, United States
|Producer||Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson|
"Grease" is the title song for the musical motion picture Grease, which was based on the stage play of the same name. The song was sung by Frankie Valli and was featured twice on the film's soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track. It became a No. 1 single in the United States in 1978 and also reached No. 40 on the R&B charts in the same year. The song was written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. The Bee Gees would later perform the song in concert, as captured on their live offering One Night Only.
Barry Gibb wrote a title song to order for the Robert Stigwood film of the stage musical Grease. Since it is heard only in the animated opening credits, it did not need to be recorded before filming. The song was recorded shortly after filming for the 1978 musical film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was probably when Gibb invited Peter Frampton to the session. Frampton plays guitar on the recording, while Gibb himself provides backing vocals. The other uncredited musicians were some of those from the Andy Gibb album that was being made around the same time.
- Frankie Valli - lead vocals
- Barry Gibb - backing vocals
- Peter Frampton - guitar
- Gary Brown - saxophone
- Karl Richardson - engineer
Part of the song was interpolated in "Joints & Jam", a 1998 single by The Black Eyed Peas as well as being heard in the song "Blue Angels" by Pras released in the same year. The song was covered by UK girl group Girls Aloud. It was also sampled by De La Soul on their 1991 song "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays".
A single "The Word" by the group Dope Smugglaz was released in 1998. It was later remixed by PMT for the 2001 soundtrack to the motion picture Swordfish. Both version contain sample repeating "is the word" throughout the song.
Sales and certifications
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||150,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||500,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- Gibb Songs 1978
- Fringemunks website
- "Canadian certifications – Frankie Valli – Grease". Music Canada. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- "British certifications – Frankie Valli – Grease". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012. Enter Grease in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Go
- "American certifications – Frankie Valli – Grease". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
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