Tavares: Behind the Hits

Today, I take a look at “More Than A Woman” by the group Tavares.

The story is the brothers were backstage at a Madison Square Garden show when the Bee Gees approached them with this song and said they thought they would be a good choice to cover it. It was featured on the soundtrack album for Saturday Night Fever, which contains both this cover version and The Bee Gees’ original version of this song.

The 5 Tavares brothers are Arthur(Pooch), Ralph, Perry Lee (Tiny), Antone (Chubby) and Feliciano (Butch). They started performing in 1963 when they were known as Chubby and the Turnpikes. They changed their name to Tavares in 1969 and enjoyed several transatlantic hits in the mid 1970s including “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel,” “Don’t Take Away The Music” and “Whodunit.” Chubby, Butch, Tiny and Pooch are still performing together today.

This was produced by by Freddie Perren, who was responsible for most of the Jackson 5’s early hits. He later co-produced and co-wrote the classic Gloria Gaynor hit “I Will Survive.” In 1978, Perren won a Grammy for his work on a couple of songs he did on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Take a look back at this Musical Mallorca 1978′ live performance.

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