Grease (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture (Remastered)) John Travolta & Oliva Newton-John
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- 1Grease (From “Grease”)03:24
- 2Summer Nights (From “Grease”)03:36
- 3Hopelessly Devoted To You (From “Grease”)03:05
- 4You're The One That I Want (From “Grease”)02:47
- 5Sandy (From “Grease”)02:30
- 6Beauty School Dropout (From “Grease”)04:02
- 7Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee (From “Grease”)01:38
- 8Greased Lightnin' (From “Grease”)03:12
- 9It's Raining On Prom Night (From “Grease”)02:57
- 10Alone At A Drive In Movie (From “Grease”)02:22
- 11Blue Moon (From “Grease”)02:18
- 12Rock N' Roll Is Here To Stay (From “Grease”)02:00
- 13Those Magic Changes (From “Grease”)02:15
- 14Hound Dog (From “Grease”)01:23
- 15Born To Hand Jive (From “Grease”)04:39
- 16Tears On My Pillow (From “Grease”)02:06
- 17Mooning (From “Grease”)02:12
- 18Freddy My Love (From “Grease”)02:40
- 19Rock N' Roll Party Queen (From “Grease”)02:08
- 20There Are Worse Things I Could Do (From “Grease”)02:18
- 21Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee (From “Grease”)01:25
- 22We Go Together (From “Grease”)02:59
- 23Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (From “Grease”)01:23
- 24Grease (End Credits / From “Grease”)03:24
Info for Grease (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture (Remastered))
Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the original motion picture soundtrack for the 1978 film Grease. It was originally released by RSO Records and subsequently re-issued by Polydor Records between 1984 and 1991. It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, also ranking amongst the biggest selling soundtrack albums of all time. The song "You're the One That I Want" was a US and UK No. 1 for stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Besides performers John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the album also featured songs by rock and roll revival group Sha Na Na as well as the hit song "Grease", a tune written by Barry Gibb (of the Bee Gees) and sung by Frankie Valli (of The Four Seasons) that was an additional US number one.
The summer of 1978 was a great time to be an Olivia fan. You're the One That I Want topped the charts around the globe - number 1 in the US and British charts (in Britain for a massive nine weeks and was the best selling single of the year). Summer Nights was almost as successful followed by Olivia's solo single Hopelessly Devoted To You. John Travolta also had solo hits with Sandy and Greased Lightnin' and Frankie Valli had a big hit with the theme tune of the film. It seemed like the whole world was going Grease mad with Olivia and John being mobbed by some 3,000 fans whilst attending the London premiere of Grease - one of the most frightening times in Olivia's career. The album featuring photos from the movie was also a best seller and the movie became one of the most successful musicals ever made.
Grease premiered in New York on the 13th June 1978. A common search query seems to be how old was Olivia when she made Grease. Filming started in June 1977, Olivia was born on the 26th September 1948 so she was 28 when movie shooting started and 29 when the movie premiered. John Travolta was 23 when shooting started
So how did Olivia get involved in it all? Olivia was spotted by the producer, Allan Carr, at a party at Helen Reddy's house. He describes how he first noticed her: "At first she was her usual self, almost a waxen figure, but then all of a sudden she started telling a joke and she became instantly animated, screwing up that perfect face in some cute but hilarious contortions."
He was so impressed with her that he went up to her and asked her to do a screen-test for his new musical Grease. Olivia agreed cautiously, wisely waiting to see how she looked on the big screen before committing herself to anything. As an audition Olivia did the drive-in scene (slightly different from the one shown in the film) with John Travolta. They had to do quite a lot of ad-libbing. After the test was over Allan Carr and Olivia had 48 hours to each think about it. Carr knew immediately that Olivia was right, despite having seen other actresses such as Marie Osmond. Olivia apparently took a bit longer but thankfully agreed to do the film. The script was even changed to take account of Olivia's Australian accent as the original role was written for an American teenager.
The media at that time thought that Olivia didn't have to act for the film (except for the very last scene) due to her innocent, girl-next-door image. She was after all, they argued, just being herself. However, as her then manager Lee Kramer pointed out "She's a complete lady with all the normal feelings of a woman - not a child. In Grease, she plays an 18 year old. That's quite an accomplishment for someone her age (29), to go back in time and be demure and innocent and all those other schoolgirl things!"
Olivia also dances in the movie. She'd never before had any training for dancing and originally she was going to leave the dance hall before the action began. However, the choreographer thought that Olivia did so well in the warmups that she was given 2 weeks dance training and help from John Travolta. The training however was not without mishap, Olivia apparently landing flat on her back when she first tried to do a flip! John And Olivia struck up a friendship during the filming of Grease, a friendship which lasts to this day. According to Olivia, John helped her a lot during the filming. An example of this was the day when they were shooting a key scene for Olivia. They were shooting Olivia close-up over John's shoulder (the scene where Sandy and Danny meet for the first time since the Summer holidays). However, because Olivia was very tired she didn't perform well and John made a deliberate mistake to stop the take being used in the final film. This gave Olivia another opportunity to perform better when she was more awake.
Olivia and John became such good friends that John would go riding with Olivia at the weekends on her Malibu ranch. Predictably, romance rumours started to fly. However, Olivia was still involved with Lee Kramer (although they did split up for a while during the filming of Grease) and John was mourning the recent death from cancer of his girlfriend Diana Hyland. Olivia and John were just supporting each other in their times of need.
Although Olivia refuses to talk about how much she earned doing Grease, one music magazine reports her to have only received $10,000 for making the film (equivalent to only one weeks wage doing cabaret in Las Vegas). However, the songs and the spin-offs from Grease made Olivia a very successful star.
Olivia's favourite bit of the movie is the end. After two and a half months of playing prim and proper Sandy, Olivia came out dressed in black leather and high-heeled red shoes. The crew hardly recognised the woman they had been working with for the last few months and she was subject to much admiration. This experience encouraged Olivia to become more raunchy with her music and image and after the movie was finished she recorded the successful album Totally Hot.
Grease 2 was made in 1982 without Olivia or John but with then newcomers Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. It was a flop.
The success of the movie Grease and its songs continue to this day. At the end of 1990 the Grease Megamix single was released in Europe. It consisted of a remix of the songs You're The One That I Want, Summer Nights and Greased Lightnin' This reached Number 3 in the British charts. Unfortunately no official remix has ever been released as a single in the US. The movie itself is shown at least once a year by the BBC and the US channels with good audience figures.
In 1993 Grease the musical was performed in the West End of London originally with the American singer Debbie Gibson and Australian (Neighbours) star Craig McLachlan. Debbie Gibson was a good choice because her favourite movie is Grease. She also reportedly admires Olivia having once written a song originally intended for Olivia (Who Loves You Baby?) but she ended up recording it herself. Debbie and Craig were also in the charts singing their version of You're The One That I Want which reached number 13 in 1993 (of course not up to the standard of the original version!).
Olivia has also attended the German stage production of Grease in 1996. In 1995 she even recorded a new version of You're The One That I Want with the French singer Francis Lalanne - unfortunately Lalanne is no Travolta!
In 1992 Olivia and John met in Hollywood for a Grease reunion sparking off further rumours that Grease 3 would be made. One strange idea for a plot was John and Olivia as grown ups with their own kids, living in a hippy commune in the '60s. When asked in 1995 about this Olivia laughed and said she'd never heard about it. She also said that the only way she and John would consider making Grease 3 would be if a really good story came along as they'd "hate to look ridiculous".
1998 came the successful re-release of Grease for its 20th anniversary, the video was remastered and re-released with extra interview footage. Olivia, Didi Conn, the late Allan Carr and other cast members all attended the "re-premieres" in LA and London. Although nothing reached the popularity of the 1978 premieres in London or Chicago, where crowds mobbed Olivia and John, the re-premieres were a great success. The 1998 re-release did well peaking second at the US and UK box office (second only to the huge smash Titantic). (Philippe Roumila)
Olivia Newton-John, vocals
John Travolta, vocals
Stockard Channing, vocals ("Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee", "There Are Worse Things I Could Do")
Frankie Valli, vocals ("Grease")
Barry Gibb, vocals ("Grease")
Frankie Avalon, vocals ("Beauty School Drop Out")
Ollie E. Brown, drums
Carlos Vega, drums
Cubby O'Brien, drums
Ron Zeigler, drums
David Hungate, bass
Max Bennett, bass
David Allen Ryan, bass
Wm. J. Bodine, bass
Dean Cortez, bass
Harold Cowart, bass
John Farrar, guitar
Tim May, guitar ("Born to Hand Jive")
Jay Graydon, guitar
Lee Ritenour, guitar
Dan Sawyer, guitar
Bob Rose, guitar
Dennis Budimir, guitar
Tommy Tedesco, guitar
Cliff Morris, guitar
Joey Murcia, guitar
Peter Frampton, guitar ("Grease")
George Terry, guitar ("Grease")
Louis St. Louis, keyboards
Greg Mathieson, keyboards
Michael Lang, keyboards
Lincoln Mayorga, keyboards
Thomas Garvin, keyboards
Ben Lanzarone, keyboards
George Bitzer, keyboards
Ray Pizzi, saxophone ("We Go Together" & "Greased Lightnin'")
Ernie Watts, saxophone ("There Are Worse Things I Could Do" and "Alone at a Drive-In Movie")
Jerome Richardson, saxophone
John Kelson, Jr., saxophone
Albert Aarons, trumpet
Robert Bryant, trumpet
Lloyd Ulyatem, trombone
Eddie "Bongo" Brown, percussion
Larry Bunker, percussion
Victor Feldman, percussion
Antoine Dearborn, percussion
Dorothy Remsen, harp
Gayle Levant, harp
Curt Becher, backing vocals
Paulette K. Brown, backing vocals
Cindy Bullens, backing vocals
Beau Charles, backing vocals
Carol Chase, backing vocals
Kerry Chater, backing vocals
Loren Farber, backing vocals
John Farrar, backing vocals
Venetta Fields, backing vocals
Gerald Garrett, backing vocals
Jim Gilstrap, backing vocals
Mitch Gordon, backing vocals
Jim Haas, backing vocals
Patty Henderson, backing vocals
Ron Hicklin, backing vocals
Diana Lee, backing vocals
John Lehman, backing vocals
Maxayn Lewis, backing vocals
Melissa MacKay, backing vocals
Myrna Matthews, backing vocals
Marti McCall, backing vocals
Gene Merlino, backing vocals
Gene Morford, backing vocals
Lisa Roberts, backing vocals
Sally Stevens, backing vocals
Zedrick Turnbough, backing vocals
Jackie Ward, backing vocals
M. Ann White, backing vocals
Jerry Whitman, backing vocals
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