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Stayin' Alive

Saturday Night Fever

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The Bee Gees (and Rita Hayworth)


Musicality is musicality. Here Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and many others dance to the Bee Gees' disco hit "Stayin' Alive" from "Saturday Night Fever." Of course they're not really dancing to this song, but a creative editor was able to marry dance clips from 10 movies to the disco beat.

From 1934 to 1972, Rita Hayworth appeared in 61 films, many of them musicals. She was the first featured dancer with both Astaire and Kelly. She also "sang" in many of her films, but her voice was usually dubbed.

The movies featured are Down to Earth, You'll Never Get Rich, Tonight and Every Night, Cover Girl, You Were Never Lovelier, Gilda, Miss Sadie Thompson, My Gal Sal, Pal Joey, Affair in Trinidad. We'll be seeing some of these originals in future Great Show Tune videos.

In the meantime, a bit of additional trivia about this song is that it has been used by the British Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association to instruct people on the proper rhythm for heart compressions when doing CPR. They recommend that you call 911 (999 in the UK) and "Push Hard and Fast" to the 100 to 120 beats per minute of Stayin' Alive. See how Ken Jeong does it in this Great Show Tunes Bonus. By the way, Ken Jeong knows what he's talking about. He plays an odd teacher/student in the NBC comedy, Community, but he actually has an MD from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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