MUSIC legend Frankie Valli appeared live on This Morning today and went down a storm with fans as he revealed the truth behind the iconic Grease theme tune.
The song, with its instantly recognisable intro, was released in May 1978 and was a big hit worldwide, hitting No1 on the US Billboard and selling half a million copies in the UK.
But today Frankie, 82, speculated that its writer – the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb – may never have let him sing it if he knew how big it would be.
On This Morning, he said: “I can start out by telling you I was a big fan of the Bee Gees for a very long time, and Barry Gibb and I had talked many times about doing something together.
“While the movie was being shot, the Bee Gees were also doing a movie and the movie they were doing was Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and I had a call from Barry and he said, ‘I wrote this song, it’s perfect for you’. He sent it over and I listened to it and I loved it.”
However, he added: “But I think if he knew the magnitude of that song and what it would be, I probably never would have got it.
“When the Bee Gees were touring, they did that song. They merged my recording with their live performance.”
Frankie also criticised artists who spend the majority of their gigs playing new material, arguing that it’s the big hits that sell tickets.
“It’s a simple philosophy: if you advertise that you’re appearing somewhere, and even if you have an incredible fan base, and said ‘I will not being any of my hits’, you might get three people coming to see the show,” he joked.
“So you’re not doing a show for yourself. You do it for an audience.”
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The interview was a big hit online, with one person saying: “Very happy to be watching Frankie Valli on This Morning, such a legend #FrankieValliTM.”
Another wrote: “I hadn’t realised that #FrankieValliTM was responsible for every single great song.”
“I never watch day time tv, flicking through channels and see @frankievalli on tv, oh I love him, so talented,” beamed a third person.