Album: Grease Soundtrack (1978)
Charted: 1 5

Songfacts®:

  • This is a big song in the musical Grease, which was popularized by the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as the main characters, Sandy and Danny. The song finds the pair singing about their summer romance, with each having a completely different perspective on what really happened. Danny sings his part to his greaser friends the T-Birds, and implies that it was a sexual relationship. Sandy sings to her friends the Pink Ladies about a much more innocent adventure where they held hands and drank lemonade. Unfortunately for Danny, he tries to keep up the act when he sees Sandy, acting cool to impress his friends. It takes him the whole movie to win her back.
  • This was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, who composed the musical Grease.
  • In the UK, the songs from Grease were enormous hits - this and "You're The One That I Want" both went to #1, and in 1990 the "Grease Megamix," which featured this song, hit #3. Apparently, the very American antics of the kids at Rydell high draw an international audience.
  • On the 2013 Parks and Recreation episode "The Cones of Dunshire," the characters Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Jeremy Jamm (Jon Glaser), sing a karaoke version of this song, but Leslie singing the guy part and Jeremy as the girl.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 13th 1978, the movie version of "Grease" had its world premier in New York City; and three days later on June 16th it opened in theaters across the U.S.A. and Canada...
    Five songs featured in the movie made Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "Grease" by Frankie Valli (#1 for 3 weeks), "You're the One That I Want" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (#1 for 1 week), "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Newton-John (#3), "Summer Nights" by Travolta & Newton-John (#5), and "Greased Lightin'" by Travolta (#47)...
    And on July 23rd, 1978 the movie's soundtrack album reached #1 (for 12 non-consecutive weeks) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart (the album also peaked at #1 in the United Kingdom and Australia).
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