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C is for Could it be Magic #AtoZChallenge

For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of songs about magic. (Fitting for a fantasy author.)

C is for “Could it be Magic” by Barry Manilow. Lyrics to Manilow’s music was provided by Adrienne Anderson. The single was released in 1973 and appears on Barry Manilow’s self-titled album. Before this, in 1971, a version was released by Featherbed, a group of session musicians featuring Barry Manilow. Later the song was remixed and re-released by Manilow in 1975. This version topped the charts at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Just seven months after the re-release, Donna Summer released a disco version of the track and included it on her third studio album, A Love Trilogy. Her version of the song rose to number three on the US Dance charts.

The English boy band, Take That, also released a cover version of Donna Summer’s version in 1992 as part of their debut album. Their version topped the UK Singles Chart at number 3.

Barry Manilow’s version

Donna Summer’s version

Previous A to Z Challenge Posts 

A is for Abracadabra

B is for Black Magic Woman

Singing Up a Spring