It was 35 years ago Sunday

(December 16th, 1977) that Saturday Night Fever opened nationally. The film, which turned actor John Travolta into a global superstar, told the story of Tony Manero, a 19-year-old from Brooklyn going nowhere fast, whose only bright spot is as the weekend king of the disco floor.


Saturday Night Fever — which was so successful at the time that it was eventually released in both “R” and “PG” versions — showcases Manero’s troubled and often comical personal life, highlighted by his Friday and Saturday nights dancing at Bay Ridge’s 2001 Odyssey disco, which define his and his friends’ otherwise empty lives.

The soundtrack album, featuring music by the Bee Gees, Yvonne Elliman, KC & The Sunshine Band, Tavares, MFSB, and the Trammps, went on to become the biggest-selling soundtrack of all time, selling over 15 million copies to date. The album scored four Number One hits: “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and “Night Fever,” by the Bee Gees, and Yvonne Elliman‘s “If I Can’t Have You.” All four hits were actually written by the Bee Gees — Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb.