♫ This Magic Moment ♫

Seems that every song that popped into my head tonight has already been played in the last six months or so … some nights are just like that.  But, I just let the music play for a bit until I hit on this one and … yeah, it’s a good one.

This R&B classic was written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. First recorded by The Drifters in January 1960, it was one of the few Drifters tracks where Ben E. King sang lead – he left the group later in 1960.  The Drifters version spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 16 on April 2, 1960.  As far as I can tell, it did not chart outside the U.S.

In 1968, Jay and the Americans released a version of the song, which became the song’s most widely successful release. Their version spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #6 on March 1, 1969, while reaching #1 in Canada.  While I really like both versions, my preference is The Drifters version, but I have a feeling most will prefer Jay and the Americans, so I will offer up both and let you choose.

This Magic Moment
Song by The Drifters

This magic moment
So different and so new
Was like any other
Until I kissed you

And then it happened
It took me by suprise
I knew that you felt it too
By the look in your eyes

Sweeter than wine
Softer than the summer night
Everything I want I have
Whenever I hold you tight

This magic moment
While you lips are close to mine
Will last forever
Forever til the end of time

Oh…
Oh…
Mm…

Sweeter than wine
Softer than the summer night
Everything I want I have
Whenever I hold you tight

This magic moment
While your lips are close to mine
Will last forever
Forever til the end of time
Oh…
Magic moment…
Magic moment…
Magic moment…

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Mort Shuman / Jerome Pomus
This Magic Moment lyrics © Unichappell Music Inc., Mort Shuman Songs Llp, Pomus Songs Inc

17 thoughts on “♫ This Magic Moment ♫

  1. I’d never heard either version of this before, which probably reflects the fact that neither charted here. It’s pleasant enough, but it doesn’t stand out for me, sorry.

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  2. I don’t know about The Drifters’ version, except to put it down to bad luck. To the best of my knowledge the Drifters recording never made it into Canada, and when Jay and the Americans did it in 1968, it was their song., Or maybe the time just wasn’t right in 1960.
    I don’t want to be biased, but Jay’s voice was just that little bit softer than Ben’s. Does that make a difference, I don’t know. Maybe the Drifters did not have a good promotion team. Who can say?
    After reading about them in Wikipedia the Drifters had a long and storied past, changing personnel so often it was hard to keep track. Not one member of the original members was in the group that recorded This Magic Moment. Three different groups were indicated into Hall of Fame status, distinguished by the lead singers. Ben was in the second group.
    Still, a great song. I enjoyed both versions.

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    • You’re right … the Drifters’ version apparently never made it outside the U.S., though I don’t understand why. But, as you say, could have just been timing. I wasn’t aware of that about the Drifters … thanks for the info! I’m glad you enjoyed the music.

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  3. Jill, this is one of the best love songs with its imagery, music and performance. The use of the term “magic” is so fitting. It serves as a reminder to those feelings that keep us alive. Keith

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