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Throwback Thursday: "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees

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The Bee Gees song “Stayin' Alive” was released in 1977 as part of the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack. It peaked at #1 on the US Billboard chart and remained there for four weeks. In 2004 it was placed #189 on The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. (genius.com) The Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Album of the year. The Bee Gees recorded Staying Alive in France at a studio called Chateau D’Herouville. (songfacts.com) A quote from Karl Richardson who was one of the song’s producers and the song’s engineer: “I distinctly remember Barry [Gibb] saying ‘Boy, Karl, have I got a song for you,’ and sitting down to play ‘Staying Alive’ on an acoustic guitar. It was like a chant, and it was unbelievable. I said, ‘Barry, don’t forget that rhythm. That’s a number one record.’ I knew, five bars in, no questions asked. You couldn’t get past the intro without knowing it was a smash.” (Classic Tracks: The Bee Gees ‘Staying Alive’ by Richard Buskin, soundonsound.com)