More Than a Woman (Bee Gees song)

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"More Than a Woman" is a song by the Bee Gees, written by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb[1] for the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. It became a regular feature of the group's live sets from 1997 until Maurice Gibb's death in 2003 and was often coupled with "Night Fever".

"More Than a Woman"
Bee Gees - More Than a Woman
The Italian single release of the song, backed with "Children of the World"
Song by the Bee Gees
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Released 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco
Length 3:15
Label RSO
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track track listing
17 tracks
Side one
  1. "Stayin' Alive"
  2. "How Deep Is Your Love"
  3. "Night Fever"
  4. "More Than a Woman"
  5. "If I Can't Have You"
Side two
  1. "A Fifth of Beethoven"
  2. "More Than a Woman"
  3. "Manhattan Skyline"
  4. "Calypso Breakdown"
Side three
  1. "Night on Disco Mountain"
  2. "Open Sesame"
  3. "Jive Talkin'"
  4. "You Should Be Dancing"
  5. "Boogie Shoes"
Side four
  1. "Salsation"
  2. "K-Jee"
  3. "Disco Inferno"

Recording and release

The Bee Gees started to record it from February to March 1977 in Le Château, Hérouville in France, continued it in Criteria Studios in Miami in April, and later in September, the song was finished in Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles.[2]

The soundtrack includes two versions — one by the Bee Gees and the other by Tavares. Both versions are featured in the film as well. The song has been recorded and performed by various artists but in different forms. The Bee Gees did not release the song as a single (though in Italy it peaked at No. 4 in September 1978),[3] yet it has remained a staple on radio and is one of their best known songs. An abridged live version of the song performed by the Bee Gees in 1997 is available on both the DVD and CD versions of One Night Only.

The song has also been included on Bee Gees compilations such as Tales from the Brothers Gibb and Their Greatest Hits: The Record. The very first British pressings of Their Greatest Hits: The Record featured the song with a mastering fault, with the audio noticeably dipping to the right briefly during the first verse. This was corrected after several thousand copies had been distributed.


Credits adapted from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track.[4]

Chart performance

Chart (1978) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 31
Italy (FIMI)[3] 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[6] 39

Tavares version

"More Than a Woman"
Tavares - More Than a Woman
Single by Tavares
from the album Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
  • "Keep in Touch" (US)
  • "We're Both Ready for Love" (UK)
Released November 1977[2]
Format 7"
Length 3:25
Producer(s) Freddie Perren
Tavares singles chronology
"More Than a Woman"
"One Step Away"
"More Than a Woman"
"One Step Away"

"More Than a Woman" was also recorded by Tavares in 1977, and also appeared in Saturday Night Fever and on the soundtrack album. Their version charted at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100[7] and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.[8]


Weekly charts

Chart (1977–1978) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 29
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 32
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles[7] 36

Year-end charts

Chart (1978) Rank
Canada (RPM Top Singles)[11] 199

Other cover versions


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  2. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs : 1977". Columbia University. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "HitParadeItalia – Top10 del 30 Settembre 1978" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track (liner notes). RSO. 1977. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 26.
  7. ^ a b c "Tavares – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5486a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ " – Tavares – More Than A Woman" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 30, No. 14, December 30 1978". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Flava To Da Bone – More Than A Woman". Discogs. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  13. ^ Chaney, Jen (18 April 2012). "When 'Glee' went disco: The 'Saturday Night Fever' episode". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  14. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Glee Songs Report Card – Season 3, Episode 16". Retrieved 29 January 2014.

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