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35 Years Ago the Bee Gees Are Grammy Winners

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The Bee Gees won two Grammy Awards 35 years ago, not for a song, but for several songs. Their Grammys were for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Album of the Year for the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack.

For album of the year, there was pretty stiff competition including the Grease Soundtrack, Barry Manilow’s Even Now,  Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty, and the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls.

The competition at the 1979 Awards show for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group wasn’t any less fierce. Check out this list of ‘losers’: Earth, Wind, and Fire, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, Steely Dan, and the Commodores for Three Times A Lady.

By the way, the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive was nominated for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The winner in both categories was Billy Joel’s Just the Way You Are.

The Grammy Awards this Sunday night won’t look much like it did 35 years ago, but appearances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Star, and Chicago will be a good reminder of how things used to be – and they were good!

Check out this video of  (young) Neil Diamond announcing the album of the year winner.

NEXT: 2014 Grammy Preview

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