leejohnson's current selection is:
by Samantha Sang
by Samantha Sang
An interesting interpretation of the development of today's selection exists at the eccentrically-named blog "Ya sang along with it and ya KNOW ya did!!!", as posted on October 13th 2013. The similarities between 'Bee Gees' songs and this one-off item (as far as the vocals, backing, production and overall sound is concerned) are all-encompassing, and if you didn't know it beforehand you might swear that this WAS the 'Bee Gees'. Read on:
So, how can a song that was not only written by Barry Gibb, but performed by the 'Bee Gees' ever be a "One Hit Wonder"? How about if the song was written for someone else, and the 'Bee Gees' were actually the back-up singers? (Even if their voices are almost more prominent than the lead singer's voice.)
That's pretty much exactly what happened when Australian singer Samantha Sang scored 1978's first Top 20 "One Hit Wonder" with her single "Emotion". She'd enjoyed a busy and pretty successful career in Australia but was pretty much unknown outside of "The Land Down Under", and decided to broaden her horizons ... and career possibilities ... by reconnecting with The Brothers Gibb, who she had actually worked with ..... nearly a decade earlier, when she was in the UK between 1969 and 1975, and had scored a couple of minor hits before visa restrictions forced her to move back "Down Under". She met back up with them in France in 1977, while they were working on the soundtrack for an obscure little film called "Saturday Night Fever".
Barry Gibb had convinced his label to sign her when she was in the UK several years back, and he was still convinced she had something big vocally. Barry and Robin Gibb had a song that they were writing for "Saturday Night Fever", and that "The Head Bee Gee" though would be perfect for Samantha. SO, she recorded it, produced by Barry Gibb, with the same musicians providing the tunes that did so for the 'Bee Gees', and with Barry and Robin Gibb providing back-up vocals ... so, essentially, it was a 'Bee Gees' song ... except that, Samantha Sang was the lead singer, and she wasn't a 'Bee Gee'. So THAT'S how a 'Bee Gee' song becomes a "One Hit Wonder".
[ And find out even more at: http://tanksseventiesmusicblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/emotion-by-samantha-sang.html ]
Most of the rest of the "Saturday Night Fever" output by Barry, Robin and Maurice was rightly labelled 'disco' music, but I'm not doing that today, as the best description you can muster for this tune in that area would be as a 'smoochie'. Try breakdancing to this - I dare you.
It was big all over the place as a single though: UK No. 11, US No. 1 (Cash Box), Canada No. 1, New Zealand No. 1, Australia No. 2 and Republic of Ireland No. 9.
1977 - Private Stock - United Kingdom
Posted: 17th December 2018