Four decades ago, the soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever,” which featured five tunes by the Bee Gees, was released and ruled the Billboard Top 200 for a staggering 24 straight weeks from January to July 1978. This double disc set stayed on Billboard’s album charts for 120 weeks until March 1980. The first single, “How Deep is Your Love” won the Best Pop Group Grammy in February 1979 while the album took the top prize the following year. In 2004, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the recording academy tribute paid tribute to this landmark recording with a concert that included Barry Gibb, the last surviving of the three brothers who formed the Bee Gees. The resulting special, “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees,” topped the ratings on Sunday by drawing 10.3 million viewers to CBS.
Among the talents they saw raising their voice in song were a slew of Grammy champs, including Stevie Wonder (25 wins), John Legend (10), Celine Dion (5), Keith Urban (4), Pentatonix (3), Little Big Town (2) and Tavares (1). Also joining in are Grammy nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Andra Day, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato and Thomas Rhett as well as Jason Derulo and DNCE.
Take a look at the set list below and see why this two-hour special was must-see-TV for disco fans.
Medley: “Stayin’ Alive,” “Tragedy” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Night Fever” – Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, Andra Day
“To Love Somebody” – Keith Urban
“Massachusetts” – Ed Sheeran
“Lonely Days” – Panic! At The Disco
“Tragedy”- Tori Kelly
“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” – John Legend & Stevie Wonder
“Islands In The Stream” – Kelsea Ballerini & Thomas Rhett
“Immortality” – Celine Dion
“Night Fever” – DNCE
“If I Can’t Have You” – Demi Lovato
“More Than A Woman” – Jason Derulo & Tavares
“How Deep Is Your Love” – Little Big Town
“Love So Right” – Andra Day
“I Just Want To Be Your Everything” – Nick Jonas
“Too Much Heaven” – Pentatonix
“Emotion”- Katharine McPhee
“Jive Talkin'” – Barry Gibb
“You Should Be Dancing”- Barry Gibb
“Stayin’ Alive” -Barry Gibb & Ensemble