V is for Frankie Valli and “Grease”
Composed by Barry Gibb, “Grease” the song was released as a single by Frankie Valli in May 1978 and sold over seven million copies worldwide and was featured twice on the film's soundtrack: as the first track and reprised as the final track.
As well as the main phrase “Grease is the word….” which was great to sing along to, there were other meaningful phrases tucked within the song.
“We start believing now that we can be who we are”
“We stop the fight right now, we got to be what we feel”
I was just a teenager when this came out and drew a lot of similarities to Westside Story in terms of storyline.
Funnily enough when I was in my late 30s and moved to France I ended up performing a selection of songs from Grease with a group of newly made English friends for a french school concert! Mind you not quite as strange as performing the Wilson, Kepple and Betty sand dance with my husband and a game french friend complete with eyebrow -pencilled in hairy legs and pink striped flannel sheets!