How Deep Is Your Love

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For the Dru Hill song, see How Deep Is Your Love (Dru Hill song). For the Sean Paul song, see How Deep Is Your Love (Sean Paul song).
"How Deep Is Your Love"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
B-side "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" (live)
Released September 1977
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Château d'Hérouville,
Hérouville, 1977
Genre
Length 4:05
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Edge of the Universe"
(1977)
"How Deep Is Your Love"
(1977)
"More Than a Woman"
(1977)


Music sample
Saturday Night Fever track listing
Side A
  1. "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees)
  2. "How Deep Is Your Love" (Bee Gees)
  3. "Night Fever" (Bee Gees)
  4. "More Than a Woman" (Bee Gees)
  5. "If I Can't Have You" (Yvonne Elliman)
Side B
  1. "A Fifth of Beethoven" (Walter Murphy)
  2. "More Than a Woman" (Tavares)
  3. "Manhattan Skyline" (David Shire)
  4. "Calypso Breakdown" (Ralph MacDonald)
Side C
  1. "Night on Disco Mountain" (David Shire)
  2. "Open Sesame" (Kool & the Gang)
  3. "Jive Talkin'" (Bee Gees)
  4. "You Should Be Dancing" (Bee Gees)
  5. "Boogie Shoes" (KC and the Sunshine Band)
Side D
  1. "Salsation" (David Shire)
  2. "K-Jee" (MFSB)
  3. "Disco Inferno" (The Trammps)

"How Deep Is Your Love" is a pop song written and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 and released as a single in September. Originally intended for Yvonne Elliman, it was ultimately used as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. It was a number three hit in the United Kingdom and Australia. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 on 24 December 1977 (becoming the first of six consecutive US number-one hits) and stayed in the Top 10 for a then-record 17 weeks. The single spent six weeks atop the US adult contemporary chart. It is listed at number 20 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[1] Alongside "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever", it is one of the group's three tracks on the list. The song was covered by Take That for their 1996 Greatest Hits album, reaching number-one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.[2]

The song was ranked number 375 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In a British TV special shown in December 2011, it was voted "The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song" by ITV viewers.[3]

The song set a record by accumulating 33 weeks in one chart run.

Background[edit]

Following mixing for Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live, they began recording songs for what was to be the follow-up studio album to 1976's Children of the World. Then the call came from Robert Stigwood requesting songs for a movie he was producing. The Bee Gees obliged and gave him five songs, one of which was "How Deep Is Your Love".

Recording[edit]

By the time Children of the World was recorded, it was pretty much established that Barry was now the primary vocalist of the group, mostly being falsetto leads with the occasional natural breathy voice. Even most of the backing vocals were done by Barry, such that Robin and Maurice are barely heard in the mix, even though they are there. Despite this, Robin sings the melody for the chorus and audibly sings various ad libs during this song. Recordings for all of the tracks for Saturday Night Fever, including "How Deep Is Your Love", were done in the Spring of 1977. Barry worked out the melody with keyboard player Blue Weaver, though he is not credited officially as a songwriter here. A demo was made at Le Château d'Hérouville in France, with the additional recording done at Criteria Studios when they got back to Miami.[4]

Music video[edit]

Two music videos were made for this song. In one, the brothers are singing while an image of a woman shows throughout the video. Barry Gibb had his beard shaven off in this video, as in the "Night Fever" video.[5] A second video was later made in which the brothers sing while passing by a stream of rainbow lights. In this video Barry Gibb is bearded.[6]

Awards[edit]

The song won Best Pop Performance by a Group at the 20th Grammy Awards which were held on 23 February 1978. The song also received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 35th Golden Globe awards held on 28 January 1978. The award went to "You Light Up My Life" by Kasey Cisyk. At the time of both award ceremonies, the song was still in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lawsuit[edit]

Main article: Selle v. Gibb

In 1983, the Bee Gees were sued by a Chicago songwriter, Ronald Selle, who claimed that the Gibb brothers stole melodic material from one of his songs, "Let It End", and used it in "How Deep Is Your Love". At trial, the jury returned a finding for Selle. The Bee Gees attorney immediately asked for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. The basis for the motion was that Selle had failed to show, as was required by the law, that the Bee Gees had prior access to his song. Even Selle had admitted that he'd sent out his demo tape to only a few recording companies, none of whom did business with the Bee Gees. Selle also admitted that there were some similarities between his song and several Bee Gee compositions that predated his song by several years, as well as similarities with the John Lennon/Paul McCartney song, From Me to You. The judge ruled in favour of the Bee Gees. Selle appealed the ruling, but it was upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which agreed that Selle had not proven his case.[7][8][9]

Use In pop culture[edit]

Covers[edit]

"How Deep Is Your Love" is one of the most covered songs in the Gibb catalogue performed by such artists as:

Charts and certifications[edit]

Take That version[edit]

"How Deep Is Your Love"
UK CD 1 single
Single by Take That
from the album Take That: Greatest Hits
Released 26 February 1996
Format Cassette, CD single
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop
Length 3:40
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Certification Platinum
Take That singles chronology
"Never Forget"
(1995)
"How Deep Is Your Love"
(1996)
"Patience"
(2006)

Take That's version was released as a single from their Greatest Hits compilation in 1996. The single went on to become what was to be the band's final UK number one until their 2006 comeback single "Patience" a decade later. The song stayed at number one in the UK charts for three weeks. The single sold 671,000 copies and has received a Platinum sales status certification in the UK. The song also topped the charts in Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

Music video[edit]

The music video saw the four members of the band tied to chairs and in a basement. A blonde woman with heavy mascara (actress and model Paula Hamilton) walks into the basement and circles the four members individually pulling their hair. She then puts them all into her van and drives down the motorway. She stops by a reservoir and has the four members placed on the edge, she points at each member before grabbing Gary's rope and pushes him back still holding on. Her fingers slip through the rope and he falls backwards, the others look shocked as she does. She then smirks.

Track listing[edit]

UK Cassette single (74321 35591 5)
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:41
  2. "Never Forget" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 7:38
UK CD single no. 1 (74321 35559 2)
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:41
  2. "Every Guy" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 5:36
  3. "Lady Tonight" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 4:13
  4. "Sunday To Saturday" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 3:48
UK CD single no. 2 (74321 35560 2)
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:41
  2. "Back For Good" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 7:06
  3. "Babe" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 6:10
  4. "Never Forget" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 7:38
EU CD single no. 1 (74321 35243 2)
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:41
  2. "Back For Good" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 7:06
EU CD single no. 2 (74321 35244 2)
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:41
  2. "Back For Good" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 7:06
  3. "Every Guy" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 5:36
Japanese CD single (BVCP-2406)
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:41
  2. "Every Guy" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 5:36
  3. "Babe" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 6:10
  4. "Back for Good" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 7:06
UK 7" vinyl – jukebox release only (74321 35632 2)
  1. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:41
  2. "Never Forget" (live from Earl's Court & Manchester Nynex) – 7:38

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone
Billboard Easy Listening number-one single (Bee Gees version)
26 November 1977 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Preceded by
"You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Bee Gees version)
24 December 1977 – 7 January 1978
Succeeded by
"Baby Come Back" by Player
Preceded by
"Spaceman" by Babylon Zoo
Danish number-one hits of 1996 (Take That version)
16 March 1996 – 6 April 1996 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"One of Us" by Joan Osborne
Preceded by
"Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis
Irish IRMA number-one single (Take That version)
24 February 1996 – 16 March 1996 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Aon Focal Eile" by Richie Kavanagh
Preceded by
"Children" by Robert Miles
Italian Singles Chart number-one single in Italy (Take That version)
23 March 1996 – 30 March 1996 (1-week)
Succeeded by
"La terra dei cachi" by "Elio e le Storie Tese & Orchestra Spettacolo Casadei"
Preceded by
"Jesus to a Child" by George Michael
Spanish Singles Chart (Take That version)
25 March 1996 – 1 April 1996 (1-week)
Succeeded by
"Jesus to a Child" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis
UK Singles Chart number-one single (Take That version)
3 March 1996 – 24 March 1996 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Firestarter" by Prodigy

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