Magic Moments

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"Magic Moments"
Single by Perry Como
A-side"Catch a Falling Star"
B-side"Magic Moments"
Released1957 (1957)
RecordedDecember 3, 1957
GenreSwing
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach
Hal David
Producer(s)Joe Reisman
Perry Como singles chronology
"Jingle Bells"
(1957)
"Magic Moments"
(1957)
"Kewpie Doll"
(1958)

"Magic Moments" is a popular song with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David, one of the first compositions by that duo.[1] The song was published in 1957.

Background[edit]

In his 2003 book Burt Bacharach, Song by Song, Serene Dominic comments:

Combined with the quizzical bassoon, the whistling and the ghastly white shadings of the Ray Charles Singers, these distant recollections must seem like occurrences on another planet to later generations.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The biggest hit version of the song was recorded by Perry Como and released by RCA Victor in December 1957, becoming a hit early in 1958. The record was produced by Joe Reisman.[3] The peak position in the United States is hard to track precisely, due to the multiple charts used in Billboard magazine: On the Most Played by Disc Jockeys chart, it reached it highest peak of number four. [4]

The song was also a 1958 hit in Italy, while in the United Kingdom it spent eight weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Como's biggest ever hit there.[3]

Other recordings[edit]

  • A less successful UK cover version recorded by Ronnie Hilton reached No. 22 on the UK Singles Chart, in 1958.[5] Hilton's version included some different lyrics than the original.
  • Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1958[6] for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the album With All My Heart (2012).[7]
  • Amanda Lear recorded this song for her 1985 EP A L.
  • Synthpop duo Erasure recorded the song for their 1997 album Cowboy.

Other uses[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 24 - The Music Men. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  2. ^ Dominic, S. (2003), Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0825672804, p.27.
  3. ^ a b Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 36. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 187.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 253. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 8, 2017.