May 11, 2015

Frankie Valli - Grease (1978)

Frankie Valli - Grease (1978)

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Grease is a song written by Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli. "Grease" is the title song for the musical motion picture Grease, which was based on the stage play of the same name. It was featured twice on the film's soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track.

Barry Gibb wrote a title song to order for the Robert Stigwood film of the stage musical Grease. Since it is heard only in the animated opening credits, it did not need to be recorded before filming. The song was recorded shortly after filming for the 1978 musical film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was probably when Gibb invited Peter Frampton to the session. Frampton plays guitar on the recording, while 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.

Valli was a falsetto singer, but on this track he sings his natural voice. The film director Randal Kleiser did not like "Grease" and the new song "You’re The One That I Want" because they did not fit the '50s style musically or lyrically. It became a #1 single in the United States in 1978 and also reached #40 on the R&B charts in the same year.

The Bee Gees would later perform the song in their tour One Night Only in 1997 until 1999, and captured on their live offering One Night Only.


  1. Alexandra RiveraMay 11, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    I'm just a 13 year old and I like all of this kind of songs from the old days better than what we have today even if I'm from the 21st century

  2. This song is absolutely brilliant. It immortalizes the feelings of youthood and convinces me that anything is possible

  3. I remember when Frankie Valli made his second appearance of the year 1978 July 13 at the Aladdin's Bagdad Showroom and scored what had to be a personal triuph. Riding the crest of his latest hitv"Greace," from the movie of the same name. Valli unleashed a 12 song set package into a fast, one hour program.

    Anchoring himself in his up-beat positive sounds, Valli opened his show with the title song, written by his friend Barry Gibb. Next was one of three songs from his lataest album "Frankie Valli Is The World," the funky rhythemed "You Can Do It." Prior to the next new song, Valli continued his high tenor falsetto style with such past hits as the pop-oriented ballad, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," The 1975 hit "Who Loves You?" and his disco hit "Native New Yorker"

    Enhancing his act with three vocalist, comprised of Krystal Davis, Jean Graham and Jim Zimmerman, Valli led the singers in a medley of his hits, which included sounds from the '60s.

    Those songs were "Stay," "workin' My Way" and "Let's Hang On" with the three backup singers clad in letterjackets with Valli's initials on them. Another new selection from the album, "Needing You," showcased Valli's disco power again in harmonic melody line illustrating his six man band's versatility.

    Lee Shapiro, Valli's musical conductor, led the tight-knit group which contained pianist Mitch Forman, guitarist Tim Breen, Harvey Auger on bass, drummer Ron Tierno and Richard Garcia on percussion.

    A medley of hits continued Valli's positive-sound performance, with such titles as "Sherry," "Walk Like A Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Bye Bye Baby." Prior to the love songs medley, Valli executed a new Bill La-Bounty slow disco song, "Sometimes Love Songs Make Me Cry," another selection of the new album.

    "Without Your Love," yet another lyrical ballad from the new LP, helped to close the hour-plus performance, followed by a past hit, "Swearin' To God" and a reprise of his hit single "Grease."

    Thanks for shearing this song!

    1. Thanks for this amazing coment, this is history :)

  4. Features of This Track

    pop rock qualities
    r & b influences
    disco influences
    mild rhythmic syncopation
    interweaving vocal harmony
    use of a string ensemble
    mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation
    minor key tonality
    a vocal-centric aesthetic
    melodic songwriting
    electric rhythm guitars
    a dynamic male vocalist
    electric pianos
    the subtle use of a horn section
    vocal harmonies