|Song by Doris Day|
"It's Magic" is a popular song written by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. The song was introduced by Doris Day in her film debut, Romance on the High Seas (known in the United Kingdom as It's Magic after the song), and was published in 1947. Versions which made the Billboard magazine charts in 1948 were recorded by Doris Day, Tony Martin, Dick Haymes, Gordon MacRae, and Sarah Vaughan. It was nominated for a Best Song Oscar in 1948, losing to "Buttons and Bows."
The Sarah Vaughan recording was released by Musicraft Records as catalog number 557. The recording spent two weeks on the Billboard chart, peaking at position #29. It appeared on the EP The Divine Sarah Sings (1954)
Beverly Kenney recorded the song in 1958 for her album Beverly Kenney Sings for Playboys.
Keely Smith recorded it in 1959 for her Capital album, Swingin' Pretty, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.
Barbara Lewis recorded the song in 1965, and it was included in her album of the same name.
In 1962, The Platters, with Sonny Turner singing lead, released it as a single. It reached 95 on the Billboard chart. It was also featured on their 1961 album Song for the Lonely.
To celebrate the one hundredth birthday of Sammy Cahn, a 2013 album was released featuring an ensemble of vocalists and jazz combo for the CD, It's Magic.
Other film versions
In the 1951 Warner Brothers cartoon Rabbit Every Monday, Bugs Bunny parodied the song with several verses beginning with "Carrots are divine...You get a dozen for a dime. It's magic." In the 1953 Warner Brothers cartoon Robot Rabbit, Bugs Bunny reprised this parody in a shorter version. In a later short, 1963's Transylvania 6-5000, Bugs hums/sings the melody, inserting magic words that he acquired from a book and unknowingly causing troublesome transformations in the short's antagonist, Count Bloodcount.
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- "It's Magic - A Centennial Tribute to Sammy Cahn". www.americanmusicpreservation.com.