1977: How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees

Composed by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees and recorded by the same. The song was chosen for the soundtrack of the film Saturday Night Fever, though was not specifically composed for that film. How Deep Is your Love won a Grammy Award in 1978 for Best Pop Performance by a Group. In 1983, the Bee Gees were sued by songwriter Ronald Selle. He claimed that the Bee Gees stole melodic material from one of his songs, Let It End, and used it in How Deep Is Your Love. The jury returned a verdict in favour of Ronald Selle. The Bee Gees attorney immediately asked for judgment not withstanding the verdict, a process which allows the judge to over-rule the jury. The basis for this request was that Ronald Selle had failed to show, as was required by law, that the Bee Gees had prior access to his song. Even Ronald Selle admitted that he had sent out his demo tape to only a few recording companies, none of which did business with the Bee Gees. He also admitted that there were some similarities between his song and several Bee Gee compositions that predated his song by several years. The judge ruled in favour of the Bee Gees. Ronald Selle appealed the ruling but it was upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which agreed that he had not proven his case.

Chart History (1977 – 1978)Peak Position
Australia3
Austria13
Belgium6
Brazil1
Canada1
Chile1
Finland1
France1
Germany (West)21
Ireland2
Italy2
Netherlands8
New Zealand6
Norway5
South Africa2
Spain7
Sweden4
United Kingdom3
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart1
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart1
USA Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart1
USA Radio and Records Chart1
USA Records World Chart2
Year-End Chart (1978)Final Position
Australia17
Canada53
South Africa8
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart6
Chart History (2012)Peak Position
France85