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This was featured in the movie of the same name starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Valli was not in the movie, but another Frankie was: Frankie Avalon played the Teen Angel and sang "Beauty School Dropout."
This song was written and produced by Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees specifically for the movie. His music helped make Saturday Night Fever a huge hit 2 years earlier. He asked Valli to record it.
Gibb produced this with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson, who worked on the music to the movie Saturday Night Fever. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
This was not used in the stage production of Grease - it was written specifically for the movie.
The movie had the highest box office gross receipts for any musical.
This was Valli's second US #1 hit as a solo artist. Three years earlier, he hit #1 with "My Eyes Adored You
." Previously, he had massive success as a member of The Four Seasons, which broke up in 1978, the same year this song was released.
Peter Frampton played lead guitar.
With its Disco beat, this song is way out place for the '50s, which is when Grease takes place. Audiences didn't seem to mind: According to Rolling Stone, this song sold over 7 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits from the soundtrack. (thanks, James - Beverly Hills, CA)
Speaking with Billboard magazine in a 2013 interview, Valli explained how he came to record this song. "Barry Gibb called and said, 'I wrote a song. I think it's for you. It's going to be the title song for this motion picture," Valli recalled. "My manager at the time was Allan Carr, who was partners in Grease with Robert Stigwood. He called and said, 'What do you want to do? Do you want to be in the movie? Or sing the title song?' Well, I had already heard the title song, and I loved it. I called [famed arranger] Don Costa up and told him to come over right away and hear this song. He said, 'If you don't record this song, you're crazy.' So I said, 'What's the song if I want to be in the movie?' And they said 'Beauty School Dropout.' It was done by Frankie Avalon. It never became a hit, but he made a lot of money from it being on the soundtrack. But 'Grease' was one of the biggest records I ever had in my career."
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