10 January 2022

10 January 2022 - Olivia Newton-John - Magic

Most of you know that I am a huge ONJ fan.  Always have been. Perhaps part of it is the greatest movie musical involving roller-skating.  I am, of course, speaking about Xanadu

This song, a huge hit for Newton-John in 1980, was used in the movie when her character, Kira, whose origin you don't know at the time, meets Sonny, the Michael Beck character, and they fall in love.  The song, although, in the context of the movie, is a lot more than this, stands alone as a love song - a love that's always been there, predestined.  

Wikipedia considers this song "disco" and "soft rock".  OK, I guess so, but it came at the tail end of the disco era, and still spent 4 weeks at #1 - finishing 1980 as the 3rd biggest hit of the year.  

DJ Dan Murphy and Steve Peach remixed the song in 2011, for ONJ's charity, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.  She did reenter the studio to rerecord the vocals for this project, which also featured a music video with a large cast.

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