Special Sub-Topic: Check Out This "Magic" Trick
|The simple title "Magic" will appear three times in this quiz. All three songs are different, not covers. This one was a 1975 hit for a singer/group from Europe. What act did this?|
Pilot. "Magic" was the debut hit for Pilot, a group which hails from Scotland. It was a number 11 hit in the U.K., and reached number five in the U.S. on Billboard's Hot 100. It was their only U.S. hit. They did, however, had a hit in the U.K. in 1975 called "January", which hit the top of the charts there.
|"Magic" number two was recorded by this Australian beauty in the 1980s for a movie soundtrack. Who did this song?|
Olivia Newton-John. "Magic", by Olivia Newton-John is a cut off of the 1980 soundtrack for the movie "Xanadu". It became a number one song in the U.S. on the Billboard charts in the summer that year. It also reached number two in Olivia's home country of Australia, and number 32 in the U.K. The song was Olivia's biggest hit on the charts until "Physical" was released about a year later.
|"Magic" number three was a mid 1980s hit for this New England based American group. Who did this version?|
The Cars. "Magic" was a 1984 hit for the Boston based new waves group "The Cars". Led by Ric Ocasek, they had a number of hits in the U.S. during the 1980s. This particular song was a number 12 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It also made number one on the U.S. Mainstream charts. The music video was a memorable one where Ocasek is seemingly walking on water.
|What 1950s doo-wop group had a big hit with "(You've Got) The Magic Touch?|
The Platters. "(You've Got) The Magic Touch" was a romantic hit from The Platters which reached number four on the Billboard charts in 1956. The group was a mainstay of the mid and late 1950s with songs like "The Great Pretender", "My Prayer", "Twilight Time", and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes".
|"This Magic Moment" was a hit twice, once in 1960 for The Drifters, and again in 1969 for Jay and The Americans but neither group was able to take the song to number one.|
t. "This Magic Moment" was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, and was one of their best compositions. First recorded and released by The Drifters in 1960, the song went to number 16 on the Billboard charts that year. Jay and The Americans did a cover of the song in 1969, and although they charted higher than The Drifters, they could only get at high as number six, and earning a Gold record.
|"Puff The Magic Dragon" roared onto the charts in the early 1960s for this group of singers with a folk slant. Name them.|
Peter Paul and Mary. "Puff The Magic Dragon" was a 1963 hit for Peter, Paul and Mary which did very well for them. It reached number two on the U.S. Billboard charts early that year. The song itself is based on a 1959 poem written by Leonard Lipton. He was a devotee of Ogden Nash, who had once written a poem called "Custard The Dragon'. Lipton gave the poem to his friend Peter Yarrow, who modified it to its now famous lyrics. Contrary to some rumors, the song is not about smoking marijuana.
|Who invited us to take a "Magic Carpet Ride" in the 1960s?|
Steppenwolf. "Magic Carpet Ride" was released as a cut from the album "Steppenwolf The Second". It was the group's second biggest hit, peaking at number three on the U.S. Billboard charts. Of course, the band's biggest hit was "Born to Be Wild".
|"Do You Believe In Magic"? Well, do you? Who asked that question in the 1960s?|
The Lovin' Spoonful. John Sebastian and his group, The Lovin' Spoonful used this song as their debut release in 1965 off the album of the same name. It made the Billboard Top 10, peaking at number nine on the charts. It is one of the group's most recognizable tunes, and found a place on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" at number 216.
|Who wanted you to take a ride on the "Magic Bus" in the 1960s?|
The Who. "Magic Bus" was a 1968 international hit for The Who. It's tale is that of a bus rider who goes to see his girlfriend everyday. He tries to buy the bus from the driver, at first without success, but he is able to buy it eventually, and he promises to drive the bus to his girlfriend's house every day. The song itself reached number 25 in the U.S. and number 26 in the U.K.
|"Black Magic Woman" was a U.S. hit for this group with a beat in the early 1970s. What group? (Be careful)|
Santana. "Black Magic Woman" was originally written by Peter Green, and appeared on the album "Fleetwood Mac" in 1968. It was released as a single in the U.K. and reached number 37. It was NOT released as a single in the U.S. The up tempo Santana version with the Latin beat is the one that was the U.S. hit, reaching number four in both the U.S. and Canada. Their version came off the immensely successful album called "Abraxas".
|"Magic Man" was a hit for this family group in the 1970s. What was the name of the group?|
Heart. "Magic Man" was a single written by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and recorded with their band named Heart in 1976. It was the second release off their debut album called "Dreamboat Annie". The song is a semi-autobiographical account of Ann Wilson's relationship with her then boyfriend and manager Michael Fraser, who was significantly older than her. The song was a big success in the U.S., reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
|"Could It Be Magic" was a single off this artist's debut album in 1973. Who was at the keys for this work of art?|
Barry Manilow. "Could It Be Magic", written by Barry Manilow, was a cut from his debut album in 1973 called simply "Barry Manilow I". The song was not originally released as a single, but due to its popularity and great reception at Manilow's live shows, he had it released in 1975, and it went to number six on the U.S. Billboard charts. It was covered, and made into a disco version by Donna Summer in 1976, and while it did well in disco circles, the song never cracked the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
|"Strange Magic" was a mid 1970s hit for this group who shortened their name to three letters. Who is this group?|
ELO (Electric Light Orchestra). "Strange Magic" was a big hit for The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) in 1976. Originally released on the album called "Face The Music" in 1975, the song made it up to number 14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts and got as high as number 38 in the U.K. There were two different releases. The one in the U.S. was edited and it lost about a minute's worth of time. The U.K. version was the original album cut, which lasted a little over 4 minutes.
|The 1980s brought us "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" from this British based group. Who brought it to us?|
The Police. Yes, it was Gordon Sumner, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland et al, who brought us this little ditty in 1981. Sting (Sumner) had written this song back in 1976, and recorded an acoustic version in 1977, but with the success of the group, this song was released and made it to the top of the U.K. charts, as well as number three on the U.S. Billboard charts.
|OK, lets tie it all together now. What's the magic word(s) used by The Steve Miller Band that we can use to make this quiz disappear?|
Abracadabra. The Steve Miller Band recorded and released "Abracadabra" in June 1982. The song was a major success, hitting the number one spot in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and it also became a number two hit in the U.K. The song is unique in the sense that it is one of the few songs in history that dropped out of the number one position on the charts and then regained the position. After being at number one in the U.S. it dropped out in favor of the band Chicago's ballad "Hard to Say I'm Sorry". That song stayed there for two weeks, and it was then knocked out of the position by "Abracadabra" which regained the number one position. This has been accomplished only a handful of time in rock and roll history. "Abracadabra" is listed on Billboard Magazine's
list of "Greatest Songs of All Time" at number 70.
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