The Making of a Classic – The Story of How One of Barry Manilow’s Most Beloved Songs Finally Became a Hit

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About this Episode

Cover of Barry Manilow’s 1973, debut album

It was 1971, and a 25-year-old Barry Manilow was still a struggling musician and commercial jingles writer when he came up with a melody he felt was very special. That melody would become the song “Could It Be Magic,” which featured a chorus based on the chord changes in Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor.

“Could It Be Magic” had several early incarnations, including a version produced by a well-intending Tony Orlando that Manilow says thankfully didn’t become a hit. The behind the scenes story of how the song eventually became a Top 10 single – as well as Manilow’s unwavering belief that the song was something special – are detailed in this radio documentary.

 

Song Notes

 

“Could It Be Magic” (1971 version)

Performed by Featherbed featuring Barry Manilow

Written by Tony Orlando, Barry Manilow

© 1971 Orlando Music/ Manilow Music, BMI

“Could It Be Magic” (1973 version)

Performed by Barry Manilow

Written by Barry Manilow, Adrienne Anderson

© 1973 Kamikazi Music/Angeldust Music, BMI

“Could It Be Magic” (1975 version)

Performed by Barry Manilow

Written by Barry Manilow, Adrienne Anderson

© 1975 Kamikazi Music/Angeldust Music, BMI

 

“Mandy”

Performed by Barry Manilow

Written by Scott English, Richard Kerr

© copyright 1974, Screen Gems-Columbia Music/Grahple Music, BMI

“It’s a Miracle”

Performed by Barry Manilow

Written by Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer

© copyright 1975 Kamikazi Music, BMI

“KnockThree Times”

*Performed by Dawn

Written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown

© copyright 1970 Pocketfull of Tunes/Jillbern Music/Saturday Music

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