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The biggest hit version of the song was recorded by Perry Como in 1957, and became a hit in early 1958. The peak position is hard to track precisely, due to the multiple charts used in Billboard. The overall impact of the song probably fell just below the top ten. The song was also a 1958 hit in Italy, while in the United Kingdom it spent eight weeks at number one, becoming Como's biggest ever hit there. A much less successful UK cover version recorded by Ronnie Hilton reached #22 on the UK Singles Chart.
Magic Moments is also the name given to a Surprise, Surprise style show within the BBC television film Pat and Margaret. Its theme music is the song itself and as the coach carrying various members of the audience sets off at the start of the film, they start singing it.
The song is also occasionally sung by Ulster Rugby fans at away matches, particularly after 'magic moments' of play.
The Perry Como version is featured in the 1998 film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, when Raoul arrives at a Vegas hotel where Dr. Gonzo is located, briefly in Dogma (1999), Two Weeks Notice (2002), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), and Episode 3 of the first season of the 2012 BBC series Call the Midwife, which is set in 1957.
"The Story of My Life"
by Michael Holliday
|UK number-one single
1 March 1958
"Whole Lotta Woman" by Marvin Rainwater
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