How Deep Is Your Love

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"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)
"Stayin' Alive"
(1977)


Music sample
Saturday Night Fever track listing

"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. 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 22 on the 55th anniversary edition of 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]

"How Deep Is Your Love" 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. Originally intended for Yvonne Elliman, but she later recorded "If I Can't Have You" instead.[4]

On the Bee Gees' 2001 Billboard magazine interview, Barry reportedly said that "How Deep Is Your Love" was his favorite Bee Gees song.[5]

Composition and recording[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". This track was written mainly by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb. Barry worked out the melody with keyboard player Blue Weaver, though he is not credited officially as a songwriter here. Co-producer Albhy Galuten later admits the contribution of Weaver on this track, "One song where Blue [Weaver] had a tremendous amount of input. There was a lot of things from his personality. That's one where his contribution was quite significant, not in a songwriting sense, though when you play piano, it's almost like writing the song. Blue had a lot of influence in the piano structure of that song".[6]

Weaver tells his story behind this track:

"One morning, it was just myself and Barry in the studio. He said, 'Play the most beautiful chord you know', and I just played, what happened was, I'd throw chords at him and he'd say, 'No, not that chord', and I'd keep moving around and he'd say, 'Yeah, that's a nice one' and we'd go from there. Then I'd play another thing - sometimes, I'd be following the melody line that he already had and sometimes I'd most probably lead him somewhere else by doing what I did. I think Robin came in at some point. Albhy also came in at one point and I was playing an inversion of a chord, and he said, 'Oh no, I don't think it should be that inversion, it should be this', and so we changed it to that, but by the time Albhy had come in, the song was sort of there.[6]

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.[7] As Weaver says, "We started work about 12 o'clock maybe one o'clock in the morning, and that demo was done at about three or four o'clock in the morning. Albhy played piano on the demo, I'd drunk too much or gone to bed or something. Then I woke up the next morning and listened to that, and then put some strings on it and that was it. Then we actually recorded it for real in Criteria. The chords and everything stayed the same, the only thing that changes from that demo is that when we got to Criteria, I worked out the electric piano part which became the basis of the song. It was the sound of the piano that makes the feel of that song."[6] Despite Weaver's absence on the first demo of the song as he fell asleep, Galuten claimed, "Even though I did the demo because he wasn't there, there were a lot of things from his personality [on 'How Deep Is Your Love']".[6]

On the song's lyrics, Barry revealed:

"A lot of the textures you hear in the song were added on later. We didn't change any lyrics, mind you, but the way we recorded it was a little different than the way we wrote in the terms of construction. A little different for the better, I think, the title 'How Deep Is Your Love' we thought was perfect because of all the connotations involved in that sentence, and that was simply it".[6]

There were some talk of Yvonne Elliman was going to record "How Deep Is Your Love" but according to Barry, their manager Robert Stigwood says, "You've got to do this song yourself, you should not give it to anybody".[6]

Release and critical reception[edit]

"How Deep Is Your Love" was released as a single in September 1977 elsewhere. And in the UK, it was released by 14 October 1977 as a single.[8] 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. 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.[9] 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.[10] On the Cashbox charts on the week February 4, 1978, when it was at #13, the soundtrack's second single "Stayin' Alive" was at #1 with "Night Fever" debuted at #71 on the same week.[11]

When "How Deep Is Your Love" also became a UK #1, Barry exclaimed: "You have no idea what a thrill it is to have a Top Five single in England. With all the new wave and punk rock out, I would have thought something like 'How Deep Is Your Love' wouldn't have a chance. We always kept going forward and we're getting stronger every day".[6]

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.

1983 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 Beatles song "From Me to You" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (under Lennon-McCartney) 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.[12][13][14]

Notable cover versions[edit]

  • In 1993, Luther Vandross released a version as Medley How deep is your Love/ It's Takes a Fool which in turn was a Intro to the Album's final song, "Never Let Me Go" which was the album's name.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Gold 75,000^
France (SNEP)[33] Gold 846,000[34]
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 500,000
United States (RIAA)[36] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Personnel[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
Producer(s) Take That, Chris Porter
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, Latvia 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

Weekly charts[edit]

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