Saturday, December 24, 1977

Bee Gees hit #1 with “How Deep Is Your Love”

First posted 10/23/2020.

How Deep Is Your Love

Bee Gees

Writer(s): Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb (see lyrics here)


First Charted: September 24, 1977


Peak: 13 US, 14 CB, 2 HR, 14 RR, 16 AC, 3 UK, 16 CN, 3 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.96 UK, 2.88 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 5.0 radio, 451.5 video, -- streaming

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About the Song:

“How Deep Is Your Love” kickstarted one of the most successful soundtracks of all time, reaching #1 a week after the debut of the Saturday Night Fever movie. SF It was followed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 by two more Bee Gees songs (“Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever”) and Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You.” It was the best-selling soundtrack of all time until it was dethroned by 1992’s The Bodyguard.

“Deep” was also significant in that it ended Debby Boone’s 10-week reign at the top of the charts and became the first song to spend 17 weeks or more in the top 10 since Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.” It held the record until Boyz II Men’s 19-week top-10 run with “End of the Road” in 1992. The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb has said it is his favorite Bee Gees’ song. WK

Robert Stigwood, who manged the Bee Gees, tapped them to contribute songs to his Saturday Night Fever movie. The group was tempted to give this song to Yvonne Elliman, but Stigwood said, “You’ve got to do this song yourself; you should not give it to anybody.” WK

When the song, which Billboard described as a “warm tender ballad,” WK reached #3 in the UK, Barry said, “With all the new wave and punk rock out, I would have thought something like ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ wouldn’t have a chance.” WK The song won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Group.


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