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  • Jun 7, 1972
    The Broadway production of "Grease" opens at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York. The movie version, which opens in 1978, assists Olivia Newton-John in edging away from country music, though it nets her a country hit with "Hopelessly Devoted To You"
    May 8, 1977
    As she continues to distance herself from country music and change her image, Olivia Newton-John debuts at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. The performance draws a request to star in the movie adaptation of "Grease"
    Apr 12, 1978
    Olivia Newton-John continues her conversion from a country-flavored singer to pop icon, netting an RIAA-certified gold single with future "Urban Cowboy" star John Travolta for "You're The One That I Want," from the movie "Grease"
    Apr 21, 1978
    Olivia Newton-John records "Hopelessly Devoted To You" for the movie "Grease"
    May 2, 1978
    The "Grease" soundtrack earns a gold album from the RIAA. It includes Olivia Newton-John's country hit "Hopelessly Devoted To You"
    Jun 16, 1978
    The film version of "Grease," featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opens in New York. She scores a minor country hit with a song from the soundtrack, "Hopelessly Devoted To You"
    Jul 18, 1978
    Olivia Newton-John, putting distance between herself and country music, scores an RIAA-certified platinum single with future "Urban Cowboy" actor John Travolta on "You're The One That I Want," from the movie "Grease"
    Jul 31, 1978
    Olivia Newton-John appears on the cover of People magazine in the wake of her first film role. "Since Travolta," says the headline, "she's moving like Greased lightning"
    Aug 31, 1978
    Olivia Newton-John earns a gold single from the Recording Industry Association of America for "Hopelessly Devoted To You"
    Aug 31, 1978
    John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John earn a gold single from the RIAA for the pop single "Summer Nights"

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