This Magic Moment

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"This Magic Moment"
Single by The Drifters[1]
B-side "Baltimore"
Released 1960
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 2:28
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
The Drifters[1] singles chronology
"(If You Cry) True Love, True Love"
(1959)
"This Magic Moment"
(1960)
"Lonely Winds"
(1960)
"This Magic Moment"
Single by Jay and the Americans
from the album Sands of Time
A-side "Since I Don't Have You"
Released 1969
Recorded 1968
Genre blue-eyed soul
Length 3:03
Label United Artists Records
Certification Gold
Jay and the Americans singles chronology
"No Other Love"
(1968)
"This Magic Moment"
(1969)
"When You Dance"
(1969)

"This Magic Moment" is a song composed by lyricist Doc Pomus and pianist Mort Shuman. It is one of their best-known songs.[2] It was recorded first by Ben E. King and the Drifters[1] and made No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 during 1960. The version by Jay and the Americans in 1969 went to No. 6, earning gold record status. The song is used in David M. Evans' film The Sandlot and was also featured in David Chase's television show The Sopranos in the episode "Soprano Home Movies". The session musicians Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller hired to play on this record include Phil Bodner on sax, Ernie Hayes on piano, Bucky Pizzarelli and George Barnes on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, and Shep Sheppard on drums.

Lou Reed's version, from a Doc Pomus tribute album, Till the Night is Gone, featured in David Lynch's film Lost Highway. It was also covered by horror punk music band the Misfits for the album Project 1950 and by indie rock band the Mountain Goats for their first cassette release Taboo VI: The Homecoming.

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