Album: Pilot (1974)
Charted: 11 5
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  • This was Pilot's first hit single. It was written by the band's keyboardist, Billy Lyall, and its guitarist, David Paton, and was produced by Alan Parsons. It was their only Top 40 hit in the US.
  • The band's guitarist, David Paton, performed this song (along with Pilot's other hit, "January") as a soloist in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia, which ran from August to September of 2007.
  • This song was used in the movies Herbie Fully Loaded (2005), Doogal (2006) and Magicians (2007).
  • In 2007, this song was used in a Pillsbury commercial. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above
  • In 2009 actress Selena Gomez recorded a cover for the soundtrack CD of the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place series. The song was released as the lead single for the soundtrack, thus creating renewed interest in Pilot's original version.
  • This was also heard in the independent film Eve and the Fire Horse, which takes place in the 1970s. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ekristheh - Halath
  • In 2019, this was used in commercials for the pharmaceutical Ozempic. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Rob - Bethesda, MD, USA
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Comments: 13

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenThis song was produced by Alan Parsons, who took group members Parsons David Paton and Ian Bairnson with him when he formed The Alan Parsons Project the following year.
  • Martin from Fresno, CaThis song is sentimental to me. I remember hearing it one day on the bus in High school and I reconnected with someone from High School that rode on the bus with me that day.
  • Ellen from Chicago, Ilcompletely forgot about this song until hearing it recently on a Chase ad, made me smile, and of course it's now been downloaded! :-)
  • Jeff from Boston, MaWith its simplistic lyrics and pleasant tune but hard-edged instrumentation, this song was exactly the sort of thing teenagers in the 70s would listen to in their basements while getting high to the light of a lava lamp. If you ever see a clip of Pilot performing this song it's clear they were no strangers to psychedelic phenomena. It's very much a period piece.
  • Claire from Miller's, MdMy younger sister likes Selena Gomez's version.
  • Michelle from Grays, United Kingdomi used to live next door to ian from this band and i never knew this was one of there songs till i came on this site !! i think this song just has a happy sound to it and lets be honest in todays world thats gota be good
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesFrank - I didn't say this sounded -like- 65 Love Affair, I said that it was "simple and clear". It's the line I'm quoting, is all. I remember this was a splash of cold lime water precisely when I needed it.
  • Frank from Granchester Meadows, GreenlandEkristheh---Magic sounds NOTHING like 65 loathe affair...what in the world are you smoking these days? c'mon, have some respect will ya?
  • Arthur from Sayville, NyThis song is awesome. I have heard it alot on the radio lately.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesI adore this song. It's like the rock and roll that was "simple and clear" in "65 Love Affair".
  • Pearl from Mayer, Azthis song is also in the movie 'happy gillmore'
  • Joe from Chicago, IlIt is amazing this one wasn't higher than #5!
  • Jennifer from Los Angeles, CaI was a kid when this song was popular. I disliked it for years as an adult, considering it an example of seventies schlock. Oddly, I've come to really like it in recent years. What had seemed corny before now seems fun and optimistic.
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