Do You Believe in Magic (song)

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"Do You Believe In Magic"
Do you believe in magic lovin spoonful 1965.JPG
Single by The Lovin' Spoonful
from the album Do You Believe in Magic
B-side "On the Road Again"
Released August 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded 1965
Genre Folk rock,[1] sunshine pop[2]
Length 2:06
Label Kama Sutra
Writer(s) John Sebastian
Producer(s) Erik Jacobsen
The Lovin' Spoonful singles chronology
"Do You Believe In Magic"
(1965)
"You Didn't Have to Be So Nice"
(1965)

"Do You Believe In Magic" is a song written by John Sebastian. It was first recorded and released by his group, The Lovin' Spoonful in 1965. The single peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1978, Shaun Cassidy reached the top 40 with his cover version. The song has been recorded by various artists including a 2005 version by the pop duo Aly & AJ.

The Lovin' Spoonful version[edit]

Song history[edit]

In 1965, the group The Lovin' Spoonful released the song as the first single from their debut studio album Do You Believe in Magic. The single was well received by the public and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 9. According to the lyrics, the magic referenced in the title is the power of music to supply happiness and freedom to both those who make it and those who listen to it. Session drummer Gary Chester played on the track.[3] The Lovin' Spoonful's version was ranked number 216 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In a 2007 DVD entitled The Lovin' Spoonful with John Sebastian - Do You Believe in Magic, author Sebastian illustrates how he sped up the three-chord intro from Martha and the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" to come up with the intro to "Do You Believe in Magic".

The song is also significantly featured in the Jim Sheridan movie In America, as an Irish-immigrant family, having entered the U.S. on false pretenses, enter New York City for the first time.

"Do You Believe in Magic" was featured in The Parent Trap, American Pie, Date Movie, Temple Grandin, and Rolie Polie Olie. The original version was also the theme song for the short-lived TV series State of Grace.

In 2012, the Lovin' Spoonful's version was used in the official "Meet the Pyro" trailer for the first-person shooter video game, Team Fortress 2.

Shaun Cassidy version[edit]

"Do You Believe in Magic"
Do You Believe in Magic - Shaun Cassidy.jpg
Single by Shaun Cassidy
from the album Born Late
B-side "Teen Dream"
Released March 1978
Format 45 RPM
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop
Length 2:15
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) John Sebastian
Producer(s) Michael Lloyd
Shaun Cassidy singles chronology
"Hey Deanie"
(1977)
"Do You Believe in Magic"
(1978)
"Our Night"
(1978)

"Do You Believe in Magic" became a top forty hit again in 1978 in both the U.S. and Canada when Shaun Cassidy released his cover as a single. Cassidy's version reached number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was Cassidy's second successful remake of a 1960s hit, the first being "Da Doo Ron Ron" from his previous LP.

Chart performance[edit]

Aly & AJ version[edit]

"Do You Believe in Magic"
DYBIM.jpg
Single by Aly & AJ
from the album Into the Rush
Released February 15, 2005
Format Promo single, Radio Disney single
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop, teen pop
Length 2:14
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) John. B. Sebastian
Producer(s) Matthew Gerrard
Aly & AJ minor singles chronology
"Do You Believe in Magic"
(2005)
"No One"
(2005)
Alternative cover
UK/digital cover

"Do You Believe in Magic" was covered by American pop rock duo, Aly & AJ. Their version of the song was for Aly's film, Now You See It..., and it also appeared on their debut studio album, Into the Rush in addition to an appearance on the 2009 soundtrack to the TV show Wizards of Waverly Place. The duo consists of sisters, Alyson "Aly" and Amanda Joy "AJ" Michalka.

Track listings[edit]

Promo CD/CD single[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Do You Believe in Magic"   2:17
2. "Do You Believe in Magic" (instrumental) 2:17
Total length:
4:34

Release history[edit]

Date Country Format Label
February 15, 2005 United States CD Hollywood Records
June 5, 2006 Belgium
United Kingdom Digital download EMI

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales[7] 2
Canadian Singles Chart 23

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Great Moments in Folk Rock: Lists of Aunthor Favorites". www.richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ leggett, Steve. "Do You Believe in Magic/Daydream joint album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  3. ^ "The Official Gary Chester Website - Discography". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  6. ^ "Aly & AJ "Do You Believe in Magic" Promo CD" (JPG). Aly-and-aj.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. ]
  7. ^ [1][dead link]

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