Grease (song)

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"Grease"
Grease single.png
Single by Frankie Valli
from the album Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
B-side"Grease" (Instrumental)
Released6 May 1978
Format7" vinyl single
Recorded
Genre
Length3:21
LabelRSO
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb
Producer(s)Gibb-Galuten-Richardson
Frankie Valli singles chronology
"Rainstorm"
(1977)
"Grease"
(1978)
"Save Me, Save Me"
(1978)

"Grease" is a song written by Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli. "Grease" is the title song for the 1978 musical motion picture Grease, which was based on the stage play of the same name. It sold over seven million copies worldwide[1] and was featured twice on the film's soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track. This track was specifically written for the 1978 musical motion picture and was not used in the stage production of Grease. [2]

Background[edit]

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey had written a different title track for Grease for its original version in Chicago. It was discarded when the show was picked up on Broadway and has been heard only once since that time.[3]

Barry Gibb wrote a new title song to order for the Robert Stigwood film of the stage musical Grease.[4] The song was recorded separately from, and significantly later than, the rest of the film's songs. Shortly after filming of the 1978 musical film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Gibb invited castmate Peter Frampton to play guitar on the Grease session. Gibb himself provides backing vocals. The other musicians were some of those from the Andy Gibb album that was being made around the same time.[5] Valli is known for his powerful falsetto voice, but on this track, as with most of his 1970s work, he does not sing in his upper range. However, Valli could sing in a similar high vocal range to Gibb, and as a result, was asked to record it. When he was being approached about recording “Grease”, Valli didn’t have a record deal.[2] The single, “Grease”, was released on Robert Stigwood's RSO label, which issued the soundtrack. Valli quickly landed a deal with Warner Brothers, but unfortunately never scored another hit on the Hot 100.[6]

"Grease" was one of four original songs in the film that were not part of the original musical, and the only one not performed by the cast. The film's director Randal Kleiser did not like the added songs because they did not fit the late-1950s/early 1960s style musically or lyrically. This was especially true of "Grease," which used disco instrumentation and a contemporary 1970s beat; it was nonetheless left in.[5]

"Grease" became a No. 1 single in the United States in 1978 (it would turn out to be Valli's final No. 1 single), and also reached No. 40 on the R&B charts in the same year.[7] In 1978 Valli released a followup album containing the song, Frankie Valli... Is the Word, whose title echoes the chorus of this single, "Grease Is the Word".[8]

The Bee Gees never recorded a studio version of this song. However, the Bee Gees later performed the song in their tour One Night Only in 1997 until 1999, and captured on their live offering One Night Only.

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. Vol. 29 no. 6. September 23, 1978. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
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  23. ^ "Cash Box Top 100". Cash Box. September 9, 1978. Archived from the original on January 18, 2015.
  24. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '78". RPM. Vol. 30 no. 14. December 30, 1978. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
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  27. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1979). "Top 200 Singles in 1978". BPI Year Book 1979 (4th ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 186–89. ISBN 0-906154-02-2.
  28. ^ "Pop Singles". Billboard ("Billboard Talent in Action" supplement). December 23, 1978. p. TIA-18.
  29. ^ "The Cash Box Year-End Charts: 1978". Cash Box. December 30, 1978. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
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  31. ^ Scapolo, Dean (1997). New Zealand Music Charts 1966–1996: Singles. Wellington, New Zealand: IPL Books. ISBN 978-0-90887-600-6.
  32. ^ "British single certifications – Frankie Valli – Grease". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Grease in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  33. ^ "American single certifications – Frankie Valli – Grease". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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  35. ^ http://www.people.com/article/grease-live-carly-rae-jepsen-playing-frenchy-jessie-j-performing
  36. ^ Matthew E. White and Flo Morrissey get funky on their cover of “Grease”

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