Monday, December 5, 2016

BEFORE IT WAS A HIT XLII: Could It Be Magic. Continues tomorrow.
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Could It Be Magic
 Take that could it be magic uk cd single.jpg
When Take That covered "Could It Be Magic", the single propelled the UK boy band to a wider fan base. The remake peaked at #3 in Britain in 1992 and helped break them into new territories. 
Barry Manilow had composed the song based around Chopin's "Prelude In C Minor". Lyrics were written by Adrienne Anderson. Manilow's original version was released in 1971 and credited to Featherbed featuring Barry Manilow. It flopped. 
He re-recorded "Could It Be Magic" 2 years later for his self-titled debut album. In 1975, the new take was finally issued as a single. This time, it reached the Top 10 in America and Canada. In Britain, the single peaked at #25. 
Image result for could it be magic donna summerDonna Summer gave Manilow's ballad a disco makeover. On her 1976 album 'A Love Trilogy', the song was injected with an edgy sensuality. Summer's interpretation was released as a single and fared particularly well in Europe. In the UK, it cracked the Top 40. On the US Soul Chart the track reached #21. Her remake proved particularly popular with dance fans and peaked at #3 on the Disco Chart.     
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Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:

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