More Than a Woman (Bee Gees song)

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"More Than a Woman"
Bee Gees - More Than a Woman.jpg
The Italian single release of the song, backed with "Children of the World"
Song by the Bee Gees from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Released 15 November 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco
Length 3:15
Label RSO
Writer
Producer
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track track listing

"More Than a Woman" is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb[1] for the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. It became a regular feature of the group's live sets from 1997 until Maurice Gibb's death in 2003 and was often coupled with "Night Fever".

Recording and release[edit]

The Bee Gees started to record it in from February to March 1977 in Le Château, Hérouville in France, continued it in Criteria Studios in Miami in April, and later in September, the song was finished in Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles.[2]

The soundtrack includes two versions — one by the Bee Gees and the other by Tavares. Both versions are featured in the film as well. The song has been recorded and performed by various artists but in different forms. The Bee Gees did not release this song as a single (though in Italy it peaked at No. 4 in September 1978),[3] yet it has remained a staple on radio and one of their best known songs. An abridged live version of the song performed by the Bee Gees in 1997 is available on both the DVD and CD versions of One Night Only.

The song has also been included on Bee Gees compilations such as Tales from the Brothers Gibb and Their Greatest Hits: The Record. The very first British pressings of Their Greatest Hits: The Record featured the song with a mastering fault, with the audio noticeably dipping to the right briefly during the first verse. This was corrected after several thousand copies had been distributed.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 31
Italy (FIMI)[3] 4

Personnel[edit]

Tavares version[edit]

"More Than a Woman"
Single by Tavares
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
B-side
  • "Keep in Touch" (US)
  • "We're Both Ready for Love" (UK)
Released November 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre
Length 3:25
Label
Producer(s) Freddie Perren
Tavares singles chronology
  • "Whodunit"
  • (1977)
  • "More Than a Woman"
  • (1977)
  • "One Step Away"
  • (1977)

"More Than a Woman" was also recorded by Tavares in 1977, and also appeared in Saturday Night Fever and on the soundtrack album. Their version charted at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100[5] and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[6]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[7] 30
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 29
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 32
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles[5] 36

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "More Than a Woman – Song Review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs : 1977". Columbia University. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "HitParadeItalia – Top10 del 30 Settembre 1978" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Tavares – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1978-05-27" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 5 augustus 1978" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5486a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tavares – More Than A Woman" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Flava To Da Bone – More Than A Woman". Discogs. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Chaney, Jen (18 April 2012). "When 'Glee' went disco: The 'Saturday Night Fever' episode". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Glee Songs Report Card – Season 3, Episode 16". About.com. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

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