Night Fever

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For the UK television programme, see Night Fever (TV series).
"Night Fever"
UK 7" single
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
B-side "Down the Road (live)"
Released 7 February 1978 (1978-02-07)
Format 7" single
Recorded c. April 1977, Château d'Hérouville, France and
September 1977, Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, United States[1]
Length 3:32
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Certification Platinum (RIAA)[2]
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Stayin' Alive"
"Night Fever"
"Too Much Heaven"

Music sample
Saturday Night Fever track listing

"Night Fever" is a disco song, written and performed by the Bee Gees. It first appeared on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. Producer Robert Stigwood wanted to call the film Saturday Night, but singer Robin Gibb expressed hesitation at the title. Stigwood liked the title Night Fever but was wary of marketing a movie with that name.

"Night Fever" topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, their third UK number one, and in the US it remained the number one Billboard Hot 100 single for over two months in 1978. It also replaced Andy Gibb's "Love Is Thicker Than Water" at number one and was in turn replaced by Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" - all of which were written and produced by the Gibb brothers. It would be the third of six consecutive US #1s for the band, tying The Beatles for the record for most consecutive #1 singles. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1978, behind Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing."[3]

In addition to Saturday Night Fever, the song has also appeared in the movie and on the soundtrack for Mystery Men. The song is listed at number 38 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for the song in 1978, but not shown to the public until 2004[citation needed]. It features the brothers singing the song in a darkened studio, layered over background video filmed while driving along “Motel Row” on Collins Avenue, a three-mile motel strip in what is now Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.[5] Most of these motels are now closed or demolished, including several whose names are reminiscent of Las Vegas resorts (Castaways, Desert Inn, Sahara, Golden Nugget).

Track listing[edit]

  • "Night Fever" - 3:32
  • "Down the Road (live)" - 4:26
  • "Night Fever (Stereo)" - 3:32
  • "Night Fever (Mono)" - 3:32

Charts and certifications[edit]