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"Could It Be Magic" is a song by Adrienne Anderson and Barry Manilow. It was included on Manilow's 1973 debut album, Barry Manilow I.

Due to its popularity, it was released as a single in 1975, two years after it had originally been recorded, where it reached #6 in the United Statesmarker.

The song is based on Frédéric Chopin's Prelude in C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20, and Manilow's singing in the last verse fades into a straight performance of the last few bars of the Prelude.

The song has been covered by a number of other artists over the years, most successfully by Donna Summer in 1976 and UK boy band Take That in the early 1990s. Manilow himself re-recorded an up-tempo version of the song in 1993, using the original orchestration of brass and strings combined with new drums, bass and synthezisers, and included it on the album Greatest Hits: The Platinum Collection. An extended remix of the 1993 version was issued as a promotional 12" single.

Donna Summer version

Just one year after Manilow's original version was released as a single Donna Summer recorded a disco version of the track and included it on her second international album Love Trilogy, and took it to #3 on the US Dance chart in 1976. The song also entered the UK single chart where it stayed for 7 weeks (peak point #40).

Track listings

7" single
  1. "Could It Be Magic" — 3:15
  2. "Whispering Waves" — 4:50


7" single
  1. "Could It Be Magic" — 5:20
  2. "Come with Me" — 4:20


Charts

Chart (1976) Peak

position
Austrian Singles Chart 14
German Singles Chart 23
UK Singles Chart 40
U.S. Billboard Black Singles 21
U.S. Billboard Pop Singles 52


Take That version

Produced and remixed by The Rapino Brothers, UKmarker boyband Take That released their cover version, based on Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder's up-tempo arrangement of the track, on November 30 1992 as the final single from their debut album Take That & Party. The song does not appear on the cassette version of the album. It peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.

The song won Best British Single at the 1993 Brit Awards.

During The Ultimate Tour in 2006, former member Robbie Williams appeared on a hologram with a pre-recorded section of his vocals.Gary Barlow sings lead vocals since Take That's reformation.

The song has received a Silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK.

Music video

A young woman closes up the garage she's working in, then the band arrive with a load of people. They switch the lights on and Robbie Williams begins performing the song, the other band members dance and break-dance throughout. The video ends with the woman coming back and switching the light back off, though everything is still as she left it.

Track listings

U.K. 12" Promo Vinyl (TAKE7)
U.K. 12" Vinyl (74321 12313 1)(limited edition fold out poster sleeve)
  1. Deep In Rapino's Club Mix - 5:56
  2. "Take That Club Megamix"
  3. Mr. F. Mix


U.K. Promo CD Single (TAKE8)
E.U. 7" Vinyl (74321 12313 7)
  1. Rapino Radio Mix - 3:30
  2. "Take That Radio Megamix" - 4:38


U.K. Maxi-CD (74321 12313 2)
  1. Rapino Radio Mix - 3:30
  2. Deep In Rapino's Club Mix - 5:56
  3. Acapella - 3:12
  4. Ciao Baby Mix - 7:19
  5. Rapino Dub - 3:44
  6. Paparazzo Mix - 5:27
  7. Deep In Rapino's Dub - 5:57
  8. Club Rapino Mix - 3:43


E.U. Maxi-CD (74321 12735 2)
  1. Rapino Radio Mix - 3:30
  2. Deep In Rapino's Club Mix - 5:56
  3. Ciao Baby Mix - 7:19
  4. Paparazzo Mix - 5:27


French 12" Promo Vinyl (7432161791)
  1. Paparazzo Mix - 5:27
  2. Club Rapino Mix - 3:43
  3. Ciao Baby Mix - 7:19


Charts

Chart (1992) Peak

position
Irish Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 3
Chart (1993) Peak

position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 30
French SNEP Singles Chart 42
German Singles Chart 37
Swedish Singles Chart 30


Official versions

  • Album Version (4:28)
  • Rapino Radio Mix (3:30)
  • Acapella (3:12)
  • Deep In Rapino's Club Mix (5:56)
  • Rapino Dub (3:44)
  • Club Rapino Mix (3:43)
  • Deep In Rapino's Dub (5:57)
  • Ciao Baby Mix (7:19)
  • Paparazzo Mix (5:27)
  • Mr. F. Mix
  • Live Version (5:18)


Other cover versions



  • A house remix of the song appears as the penultimate track on Hed Kandi: Disco Heaven 01.05, credited to "Andrea T. Mendoza & Tibet feat. Ife Corcoran".


  • Leona Lewis covered the song during X Factor season 3.


  • In 1993 British top-producer Trevor Horn remixed the song with Barry Manilow, who re-recorded his vocals. The release was only available on promo-12" ARISTA-COULD1993


  • The song was recorded in Dutch by the singer Rob de Nijs, called Ontmoeting. Text was written by his former wife Belinda Meulendijk, and was released as a single in 1986. Taken from the album Vrije val.


  • The Dutch group Lucifer also recorded the track in 1975, even before Donna Summer recorded hers. This version doesn't contain the Chopin-preludium, but has a falset-ladyvoice from Margriet Eshuys and mandolines instead.






  • Boy band Alliage released a French language version, "Le temps qui court", in 1997.




  • In 2007, Lazlo Bane covered the song on their Guilty Pleasures album.


References

  1. "Could It Be Magic" by Donna Summer, in Austrian Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  2. German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  3. UK Singles Chart (Donna Summer version) Chartstats.com (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  4. Billboard, Donna Summer version allmusic.com (Retrieved July 30, 2008)
  5. Take That Could It Be Magic UK Promo 5" CD SINGLE (15424)
  6. Take That Biography 2007 | Take That | Biography
  7. Take That Could It Be Magic UK Promo 12" RECORD/MAXI SINGLE (15065)
  8. Take That Could It Be Magic? - Poster Sleeve UK 12" RECORD/MAXI SINGLE (16168)
  9. Take That Could It Be Magic UK Promo 5" CD SINGLE (15424)
  10. Take That - Could It Be Magic
  11. Take That - Could It Be Magic
  12. Take That - Could It Be Magic
  13. Take That Could It Be Magic France Promo 12" RECORD/MAXI SINGLE (28962)
  14. Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  15. UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  16. "Could It Be Magic", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  17. amazon.co.uk
  18. Lazlo Bane - Guilty Pleasures, Track 19


End of year chart (1992) Position
UK Singles Chart 37

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