Olivia’s first solo single in 1971 was If Not For You which was written by Bob Dylan and from the album of the same name. The Banks Of Ohio was the second UK top ten hit for Olivia that year. The song dates back to the 19th century and nobody really knows who wrote it, but it is about a man rejected in marriage and then kills her.
The next year 1972 saw a minor hit with What Is Life, but the next year she charted high once again.
Take Me Home Country Roads from the album Let Me Be There was initially a hit in 1971 by John Denver who co-wrote the song. John broke his thumb and was laid up. Whilst talking to his friends (the co-writers), they came up with this hit song.
Moving on to 1974 and Long Live Love was her next big hit. This song was the British entry that year for the Eurovision Song Contest being held in Brighton, UK. Of course Abba went on to win that one.
Later that year she scored a number 22 hit (No. 1 in many territories) with I Honestly Love You, the song won her two Grammy awards that year, and she sang it live on close friends TV show in September. He was Cliff Richard, and for a while they were both said to have been romantically involved.
1975 and 1976 saw no UK chart action, but in the States she scored many hits including Please Mr. Please, Come On Over and Every Face Tells A Story. 1977 gave us the beautiful Sam which was written by Don Black and also Hank Mavrvin of the Shadows.
The movie Grease was released worldwide in 1978 and Olivia had an enormous jump in popularity as she played the girlfriend of a very young John Travolta. The film produced so many singles that it took over the summer of 1978. It seemed every other record was related to the film.
Olivia had Summer Nights and You’re The One I Want which were both duet hits with John. Both getting to No.1 in the UK and both going gold in the U.S.
She also managed solo hits from the film too. Hopelessly Devoted To You was one of them, and it was written by John Farrar and was nominated for an Oscar, but failed to win. The second song A Little More Love and was ranked No. 17 in the chart of that year.
Olivia continued to have singles chart in the U.S. but for the UK it had come to the stop. But she would return in the 1980s with several hits including Physical. She has had seventeen top thirty hits in the UK during her career. She has beaten cancer and is a high energy devoted charity raiser too.