Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's A Kind Of Magic

In mid 1982, blues/rock guitar impressario Steve Miller cast a spell over the Australian charts with the silky smooth 'Abracadabra', lifted from the Steve Miller Band album of the same name.  For two weeks the song weaved its magic at #1 and held at bay the roar of Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' (see previous posts), in the process helping to push the source album to #5.  The U.S. became spellbound also by 'Abracadabra', which ascended to the summit of the Billboard charts for two weeks during September of '82, delivering Miller his third American chart topper ('The Joker' - 1973, 'Rock 'N Me' - 1976).  The U.K. managed to resist the track's charms, but only after it had levitated to #2.  The accompanying music video was a highlight, not only of my teenage years, but of the entire MTV generation.

The follow up single 'Keeps Me Wondering Why', though a personal favourite of this author, didn't manage to ride the wave of success 'Abracadabra', which remains the high water mark of singles chart success for the Steve Miller Band

More to come on the Steve Miller Band.

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