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"
"This Magic Moment"
"Lonely Winds"
"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
Certification Gold
Jay and the Americans singles chronology
"No Other Love"
"This Magic Moment"
"When You Dance"

"This Magic Moment" is a song composed by lyricist Doc Pomus and pianist Mort Shuman, and is one of their best-known songs.[2] It was recorded first by Ben E. King and the Drifters.[1] The Drifters version spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 16 on April 2, 1960.[3]

Jay and the Americans version[edit]

In 1968, Jay and the Americans released a version of the song, which became the song's most widely successful release. Their version spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 6 on March 1, 1969,[4] while reaching No. 1 on Canada's "RPM 100"[5] and No. 11 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart.[6] The song also debuted at No. 4 in the first issue of RPM's "Young Adult" adult contemporary chart.[7] The single earned gold record status from the Recording Industry Association of America.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

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. In 2016 it was used in ESPN's 30 for 30 of the same title, "This Magic Moment" about the Orlando Magic.

Lou Reed's version, from a Doc Pomus tribute album, Till the Night is Gone, was featured in David Lynch's film Lost Highway.


  1. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 14 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties. [Part 4]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. 
  2. ^ Doc Pomus - Biography at AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
  3. ^ The Drifters - Chart History - The Hot 100, Accessed May 21, 2016
  4. ^ Jay & the Americans - Chart History - The Hot 100, Accessed May 21, 2016
  5. ^ "R.P.M. 100", RPM Weekly, Volume 11, No. 2, March 10, 1969. Accessed May 21, 2016
  6. ^ Jay & the Americans - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Accessed May 21, 2016
  7. ^ "Young Adult", RPM Weekly, Volume 11, No. 4, March 24, 1969. Accessed May 21, 2016
  8. ^ Gold & Platinum, RIAA. Accessed May 21, 2016

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