Saturday Night (Bay City Rollers song)
|Single by Bay City Rollers|
|from the album Rollin'|
|Released||29 September 1975|
|Writer(s)||Bill Martin, Phil Coulter|
|Producer(s)||Bill Martin, Phil Coulter|
|Bay City Rollers singles chronology|
"Saturday Night" is a song recorded by the Scottish pop rock band Bay City Rollers. It was written and produced by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. The tune is an upbeat pop rock number with a memorable hook: the word "Saturday" spelled out in a rhythmic chant.
The original version of the song was recorded and released in the UK in 1973, but did not hit the charts. The original version was sung by Nobby Clark. At the end of 1975, Saturday Night was released In America under the direction of Clive Davis (Head of Arista Records) Unfortunately for the band, they released the original version with Nobby Clark's lead vocals. They hastily re-recorded the song with Les McKeown but it was already at No. 1. It was the first Billboard #1 of the US Bicentennial year. The song was re-recorded for the Rollers' 1974 UK album Rollin', by this time Clark had left the band for solo work and had been replaced by Les McKeown. The re-recording was released as a Canadian single and became a hit in early 1976, The single also reached number one on the RPM Canadian Singles Chart listing on 10 January 1976. Despite a string of worldwide hit songs, and other US hits, "Saturday Night", with Nobby Clark's lead vocals, was the group's only enduring American hit. In Canada, they were able to follow up their chart-topping success with "Money Honey", which hit the top of the RPM listing on March 13 of the same year.
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||1|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||2|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||10|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||7|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
Among the remakes of "Saturday Night" is a 1993 hit version by Ned's Atomic Dustbin, featured in the Mike Myers movie So I Married an Axe Murderer, along with the Bay City Rollers' original. Japanese melodic hardcore band Hi Standard recorded a version on their 1995 album Growing Up. Japanese comedian Gorie released a cover of "Saturday Night" called "Pecori Night" which was the 48th best-selling single in Japan for 2005, according to Oricon charts. Although the melody is the same, the lyrics are completely different from the original. Also, the Japanese producer Yoichiro Ito - Akakage released a groove disco cover.
Japanese boyband Arashi borrows the chorus replacing the lyrics Saturday Night with Carnival Night, in their song Carnival Night Pt. 2. Japanese band JAM Project uses the Saturday Night chant rhythm in its song "March of Rescue Hero." Japanese band Tokio uses elements from Saturday Night in their song "Kanpai!!" It is commonly used during Saturday night Ottawa Senators games at Scotiabank Place.
- Producer - Bill Martin & Phil Coulter (tracks: A), Phil Wainman (tracks: B)
- Library and Archives Canada: Top Singles - Volume 24, No. 15, January 10 1976
- Library and Archives Canada: Top Singles - Volume 24, No. 24, March 13 1976
- "Australian-charts.com – Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bay City Rollers search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Charts.org.nz – Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night". Top 40 Singles.
- "Bay City Rollers Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Bay City Rollers.
- "Saturday Night" at Discogs (list of releases)
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- Ned's Atomic Dustbin cover
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