On this day in music history: January 21, 1978…

On this day in music history: January 21, 1978 – “Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack” hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 24 weeks. Produced by Bill Oakes (Music Supervisor), Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, Karl Richardson, Albhy Galuten, Freddie Perren, Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch, Thomas J. Valentino, David Shire, Arif Mardin, Bobby Martin, Broadway Eddie, Kool & The Gang and Ron Kersey, it is recorded at Château d’Hérouville in Hérouville, Val d’Oise, France, Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, TK Studios in Hialeah, FL, The Mom & Pop’s Company Store, Studio City, CA, Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA, Sound Ideas Studios, The Hit Factory, Rosebud Recording in New York City and House Of Music in West Orange, NJ from January 1975 – March 1977. The seventeen track double album to the film starring John Travolta features six tracks by the Bee Gees as well as ones by Yvonne Elliman, Tavares, Kool & The Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, David Shire, MFSB, Walter Murphy, Ralph MacDonald, and The Trammps. Like the film itself, the albums’ success is unprecedented, with demand for the record being so great, that RSO Records distributor Polygram is unable keep up with the demand on its own. The label has to hire pressing facilities from rival record labels in order to keep adequate stock in stores. The soundtrack spins off six hit singles (including four number one singles, in addition to three others that topped the chart prior to the albums’ release), selling over forty million copies worldwide, spending over two and a half years on the charts, and winning three Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year in 1979. Originally released on CD in 1983 as a double disc set, it is remastered and reissued as a single CD in 1995. It is also briefly reissued as  24K gold CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in 1998, which becomes a high priced collectable after quickly going out of print. The vinyl LP, out of print since 1989, is remastered and reissued as double 180 gram LP set in 2014. To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the soundtrack and film, it is reissued as a super deluxe box set, featuring the CD and vinyl versions of the album, a director’s cut Blu-ray disc of the film, a twenty four page book with essays, art prints, a reproduction of the original movie poster and a felt turntable mat. “Saturday Night Fever” is certified 15x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.