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How Deep Is Your Love

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Bee Gees



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The Bee Gees wrote this for the American singer Yvonne Elliman. Robert Stigwood, who produced the movie Saturday Night Fever, insisted the Bee Gees perform it themselves for the soundtrack. Elliman did sing "If I Can't Have You," which was written by The Bee Gees and included on the soundtrack. That song was also a #1 hit in the US.
This won the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Group.
This was a massive hit in the US. It was #1 for three weeks and stayed in the Top 10 for 17 weeks, which was a record at the time. The song was also a huge hit on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it spent six weeks at #1 - more than any other Bee Gees song. When Billboard listed their top 100 Adult Contemporary song of all time in 2011, "How Deep Is Your Love" came in at #13.
In 1996 Take That covered this for their last single release until their comeback in 2006. It topped the UK chart. Gary Barlow (in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh) commented on their remake, "We wanted to prove that we could still do a cover version this far on in our career and do it very well."
A songwriter/antiques dealer in Illinois named Ronald Selle sued the Bee Gees, claiming a song he wrote in 1975 called "Let It End" was the basis for "How Deep Is Your Love." The case went to a jury in 1983. The Bee Gees claimed that they had never heard "Let It End," and there was no evidence that they did (that song was never released - Selle made a home recording that he had sent to music publishers). The case was based on the similarities between the songs, and an expert witness for Selle - a musicologist named Arrand Parsons - tried to convince the jury through technical analysis of the notes that the Bee Gees plagiarized the song. The jury bought it, and ruled that the Bee Gees did copy Selle's song. The judge, however, nullified the verdict. Selle later appealed, and was once again rebuffed.

The case underscored the problem of juries making judgments on music, and it led to a landmark ruling that "striking similarities" between songs was not enough to prove plagiarism (something George Harrison would have appreciated). Henceforth, a songwriter had to prove that the infringing party actually heard the song before the case could move forward. This is one reason why music publishers and songwriters refuse to hear most unsolicited material.
This was the first of four new songs on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack to top the US Hot 100. It was released as a single before the film or the soundtrack were issued, and rose to the top spot a week after the film debuted.
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Comments (31):

This song made the film Saturday Night Fever. It's perfect and the best version... and John Frusciante's cover sucks.
- Jinny, Brighton , United Kingdom
Red Hot Chilli Peppers have an awesome cover, hope you guys listen to it!
- Drea, Acámbaro, Mexico
The Gibbs' falsetto got on my nerves after a while, so I spoofed the title line with *How high is your voice...*
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
The Bee Gees rock!!!! This is the one song (or one of the few) in which the Bee Gees use 4/4 time. Most of their stuff is 2/2 time, much of it disco.
- Drew, B\'ham, AL
This is without doubt one of the all time greatest songs ever written.A beautiful ballad with a powerful melody that's hard to beat.I agree with the comments by Jeff from Texas,it was very well said,also I want to say that the comment made by Ron from Florida was bittersweet and beautiful.
- George, Belleville, NJ
Luthor Vandross and Keith Sweat also covered this song.
- kevin, Mobile, AL
Nice Christmas present for The Bee Gees, this record reached No. 1 on December 24th, 1977. The song it knocked out of No. 1 was "You Light Up My Life", which had been in the top spot for 10 weeks!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
john frusciante does the best version of this song
- Jack, Niceville, FL
I remember couple skating with my first "girlfriend" to this song when I was 6 in 1977. This was our song. Actually she didn't know it was our song but I just decided it was. Come to think of it, she didn't know she was my girlfriend.:) Great memories though.
- Robert Catron, Maitland, FL
When I was in high school, this was the song played for the Homecoming Queen, which in retropect, was a suitable choice.
- Robert, Houston, TX
The Bird & The Bee did an notable cover that's just as good as the original in my opinion. It was used in VH1 commercials a while back.
- Ashley, Baltimore, MD
I love this song! It first reminded me of Cheryl ladd.
- Jennifer Harris, Grand Blanc, MI
My local radio station told me they have more requests for this song that any other love song. I can understand why.
- Mallory, Upper Marlboro, MD
Donny Osmond also did a cover of this song on his album Donny Osmond Love Songs Of The 70's
- Kevin, birmingham, United Kingdom
What a song,has to be in my top ten favourite songs of all time,barry gibb is a genius,check out the two songs he wrote for cliff richard "i cant give you my love" and "how many sleeps" two classic tracks from one of the greatest songwritters of all time
- mark, dublin, Ireland
The harmony in the chorus is as nice as anything I've ever heard.
- Tony, Red Deer, AB
I fell in love to this song.
- Jesus, Houston, TX
This is about as perfect as a song can be. The Gibb brothers have to be in the conversation when you're talking about greatest the songwriters in history, so pretty much all of their songs are amazing. But this one, in my opinion, their best. As always, fantastic lyrics, but the melody is what does it on this one. The chorus gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.
- Jeff, Austin, TX
This has always been a favorite of mine but it has a special meaning now. I just lost one of my best friends, Keith, this week at the age of 33. Now Keith was a hardcore metal fan and loved bands like Pantera, Slipknot, Korn, etc. But he had this mellow side that he didn't want anyone to know about. One day we were talking and he just busted out singing "How Deep is you love". I surprised him by chiming in and I knew every word. Of course he didn't know that I was a Bee Gees fan so he was shocked. After that everytime we would see one another he would MAKE me sing this song. Of course I can't listen to this now without falling apart. We just buried him yesterday. It will take me a while to get over it. So now everytime I hear this, it will be for Keith...
- Ron, Auburndale, FL
How Deep Is Your Love is a song which I will love until the day I die. Everything about it is perfect both musically and lyrically.
- Jennifer, Phoenix, AR
This is one of very few songs, the mere mention of which sends it playing in my head, and then I can't stop it, and what's more, I don't want it to stop. I wouldn't call it the single greatest love song ever written, but it's among a very, very, few at the top. At that rarefied level, I would include two of the Beatles', one of which is George's "Something" from Abbey Road, and the other, L-M's "Here, There, and Everywhere" from Revolver (US). I might also throw in, "Follow You All Over the World" by Marti Jones on her album, Unsophisticated Time.
- Fred, Laurel, MD
This song was covered by John Frusciante from RHCP during their concert in Paris in 2006.
- Zuzana, Bratislava, Europe
This song was used on American Idol; Season 6 to perfection. If you watched that boy band that went during the Hollywood auditions, you'd know what I'm talking about.
- Matthew, East Brunswick, NJ
I want this song played at my funeral.
- Sarah, USA, IA
The best love song ever written
- James, Beverly Hills , CA
Yvonne Elliman was Robert Stigwood's girlfriend for a time.
- Debbie, Keene, NH
Best love song ever! There are over 400 cover versions by various other artists!
- Paul, UK, England
I could be wrong, but ....
I believe the correct lyric is: "I really mean to learn", not "need to learn".
Most lyric sheet have "need", though.
If you see the VH1 Storytellers with the Bee Gees, you will see (hear) Maurice make it a point to sing "mean to learn." Anyway, just a small point about a great song.
- mark, los angeles, CA
Take That did a great remake of this song sometime in the 1990s. It is a beautiful song and it strikes a cord in everyone that listens to it, I think. It describes the exact feelings I have towards my boyfriend anyways :D
- Sarah, Ottawa, Canada
This song is also used in the first scene of Anger Management starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.
- Erin, Louisville, KY
they use to dedicate this song to their late brother Andy when they did this live..... now they'll probably add Maurice
- pete, nowra, Australia
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