It was 35 years ago this week in 1978 that the Bee Gees‘ “Stayin’ Alive” enjoyed the first of four weeks at the Number One spot. The song, along with the group’s other 1978 Number Ones “How Deep Is Your Love,” and “Night Fever,” was part of the blockbuster soundtrack to the John Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever, which had opened the previous December.
“STAYIN’ ALIVE” FAST FACTS
- “Stayin’ Alive” holds the distinction of being the second of six straight Number One hits released on the Bee Gees’ mentor Robert Stigwood‘s RSO Records label. Between December 24th, 1977 through May 20th, 1978, the RSO label held the Number One spot with the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” (three weeks); “Baby Come Back” by Player (three weeks); “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees (four weeks); “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” by Andy Gibb (two weeks); “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees (eight weeks); and the Bee Gees-written “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman (one week.)
- The RSO Number One run was broken during the three weeks when Paul McCartney & Wings‘ “With A Little Luck,” and Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams‘ “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” briefly topped the charts.
- RSO bounced back with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta‘s Number One hit “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease which topped the charts for one week, followed by Andy Gibb’s biggest hit “Shadow Dancing” — which was the only song co-written by all four Gibb brothers — and topped the charts for seven weeks.
- Following another three week break when the Rolling Stones‘ ‘Miss You” and the Commodores‘ “Three Times A Lady” topped the charts, RSO Records was back at Number One with Frankie Valli‘s Barry Gibb-written theme song to Grease.
- During those eight months, songs co-written and produced by Barry Gibb held down the Number One spot for 20 weeks — an unprecedented feat in pop music.