Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Birthday, Robin’s Daughter!

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Our guest conductor, Robin (a/k/a Songbird), tells us that her daughter Becca is celebrating her 29th birthday today, and would like songs about magic, fantasy, or fairy tales. Naturally, I have no clue about any of those things, except maybe magic, and even then it’s the prestidigitation type, not turning someone into a wombat…. So, I did my best, Becca. Happy birthday!

  1. Doris Day, "It’s Magic": Written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn for Doris Day’s film debut in 1947’s Romance On The High Seas. It’s been covered many times since, not anywhere near as elegantly as the lovely Ms. Day.

  2. Willie Dixon, "Seventh Son": The poet laureate of the blues, Willie wrote this based on the folklore concept of "the seventh son of a seventh son," who is alleged to be gifted with certain magical powers. Johnny Rivers did a cover of this that was quite popular.

  3. Angelina Jordan, "I Put A Spell On You": The child singing sensation I wrote about five years ago has been steadily putting songs on her YouTube channel, including this, a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s 1956 hit that’s been covered by Bette Midler, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and others. Spells was one of the courses at Hogwarts, if I’m not mistaken…

  4. The Police, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic": From their 1981 album Ghost In The Machine. Reached #3 on the Hot 100 (behind Foreigner’s "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and Olivia Newton-John’s "Physical") and #1 in the UK and Canada.

  5. Pilot, "It’s Magic": From their 1974 album From The Album Of The Same Name. Now being used to sell Type 2 diabetes drugs. Reached #5 in the US, #1 in Canada, and #11 in the UK.

  6. Olivia Newton-John, "Magic": From the soundtrack of the 1980 movie Xanadu, where she rollerskates with Gene Kelly, in what was his last film role (probably because he rollerskated with Olivia in Xanadu). This was the #1 song for most of August 1980, after which "Sailing" by Christopher Cross (who’s nowhere near as attractive as Olivia) took over.

  7. Frank Sinatra, "Witchcraft": A song by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh that was popularized by Ol’ Blue Eyes, who reached #6 on the Hot 100 in 1957.

  8. David Seville, "Witch Doctor": Ross Bagdasarian, a/k/a David Seville, no doubt used this as a forerunner of the studio trick that created the voices for The Chipmunks. This single went to #1 on the Pop and R&B charts in 1958 and saved Liberty Records from bankruptcy.

  9. Santana, "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen": "Black Magic Woman" was written by guitar superstar Peter Green in the days when Fleetwood Mac was a British blues/rock band. Santana’s version changed the feel of the original and added Gabor Szabo’s "Gypsy Queen" as the instrumental ending, which did not make Szabo happy…

  10. The Lovin’ Spoonful, "Do You Believe In Magic": A 1965 song by John Sebastian and the boys that reached #9 on the Hot 100.

Again, Happy Birthday, Becca! That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 5, 2021.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Marie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

11 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Birthday, Robin’s Daughter!

  1. That little girl is the reincarnation of Janis Joplin! What an amazing musical artist. You wouldn’t think she would get the nuances of this song being so young but she does. I do love the others from Doris to Santana but i had to love the ditty that saved Liberty

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  2. HI JOHN! HAPPY BELATED FOURTH!!! Hope yours was good, mine was. The fireworks were fantastic in my neck of the woods. 2 yrs ago we were rained out & last year the demon Covid. So, this year they went all out in our city. It was great. Anyway, wow I haven’t heard Doris Day since my mama was playing her movies. She loved them to say the least. My favorite was Calamity Jane hehehe! Anyway, somehow I knew you were going to play Angelina Jordan’s tune. Good play, John. it’s rather late, so let me just say I know all your tunes are fab! Have a good night my friend. Talk at ya soon.. hugs and HAPPY BELATED FOURTH to you and you lovely wife! 🙂

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  3. John,

    Nice set! Angelina Jordan sounded way too grown up when she was little. I enjoyed her cover but I’d rather hear a grown up gal with that kind of range. Young girls need to stay that way for awhile longer. How ironic, we heard Pilot’s “Magic” on SiriusXM this weekend. I mentioned to DH that the song sounds vaguely familiar but I wasn’t sure. I’m fairly certain I do recall it but don’t have any distinct memories tied to it so it’s just got weighted down in my memories somewhere. Thanks for joining the 4M crew in honoring the birthday girl. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

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  4. You did more than OK, John. A nice mix of hits from my growing on years (I owned the Abraxas album on vinyl, when it first came out), the Witch Doctor song, Olivia Newton John, and Frank Sinatra. The Lovin’ Spoonful. Lots of magic here.

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