hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks of All Time: Grease
Grease, iconic American musical set in the 1950s at Rydell High School
So what’s the film about?
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star as lovestruck teenagers Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson who meet on the California beaches during the summer holidays. When they return to discover they both now attend the same high school, the holiday romance proves a little difficult to rekindle.
Danny is the leather-clad leader of a greasy biker gang named the T-Birds, while Sandy is a member of Rizzo's female gang the Pink Ladies. The pair meet at a pep rally and with both trying to act cool in front of their friends, there's a little work to be done if their love story is going to have a happy ending.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
Its a soundtrack, with seven of the songs voiced by Travolta and Newton John, while the much of the rest is performed by vocal group the Sha Na Na's.
So who's on it? Anyone I might know?
In addition to the above, the title song is performed by Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons, while Frankie Avalon also puts in an appearance with the song 'Beauty School Dropout', but other than that it's largely the cast providing vocal duties.
So which songs are on it? Did any of them become hits?
'Grease' and 'You're The One That I Want' both topped the Billboard Charts in the U.S., while 'Summer Nights' was also a No.1 hit here in the UK, while 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' and 'sandy' both reached the top three.
What’s the best moment?
'Summer Nights' sets the scene nicely near the beginning of the film, filling us in on the story and featuring a great ensemble performance from the cast.
Has it stood the test of time?
Grease never seems to wane in popularity with stage show versions still being performed round the world today, and much of that is due to the list of great songs featured in this classic musical, so on that evidence we'd have to say that it has.