That Old Black Magic

Album: Greatest Hits (1943)
Charted: 1
  • That old black magic has me in its spell,
    That old black magic that you weave so well.
    Those icy fingers up and down my spine,
    The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine.

    The same old tingle that I feel inside,
    And then that elevator starts its ride.
    And down and down I go; round and round I go
    Like a leaf that's caught in the tide.

    I should stay away, but what can I do?
    I hear your name and I'm aflame.
    Aflame with such a burning desire
    That only your kiss can put out the fire.

    For you're the lover I have waited for,
    The mate that Fate had me created for.
    And every time your lips meet mine,
    Darling, down and down I go; round and round I go
    In a spin, loving the spin I'm in
    Under that old black magic called love. Writer/s: HAROLD ARLEN, JOHNNY MERCER
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm {12-17-2017}...
    Keely Smith, best remembered for hits like "That Old Black Magic" (#18 in 1958) with then husband Louis Prima, died Saturday (December 16th, 2017) of heart failure in Palm Springs, California at the age of 89. Born Dorothy Keely in Norfolk, Virginia, she began singing while still a teenager with a naval air station band. Though she sang with Earl Bennett's band, her big break came she won an audition to sing with Louis in 1948. Five years later they were married-- resulting in two children. The combination of Keely, Louis and Sam Butera and the Witnesses backing them became the hit of late night Las Vegas where their Sahara Hotel shows-- dubbed "the wildest"-- became the basis of several albums with that name in the title. Their witty stage reparte, which included Keely insulting Louis in a deadpan manner, was copied by many acts, including Sonny & Cher. The duo appeared in the film "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!" in 1959 and won a Grammy that year for Best Performance by a Vocal Group at the first annual awards. The cuple split up in 1961 and Keely settled in to a comfortable solo career as a jazz singer. She married singer/producer/label executive Jimmy Bowen in 1965. It lasted four years. Keely was awarded a golden palm on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 1998 and a star on the Hollywood Walk Fame that same year.
    May she R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 26th 1961, Bobby Rydell performed "That Old Black Magic" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Five days later on May 1st, 1961 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #53; and on May 29th, 1961 it peaked at #21 (for 1 week) and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show it also performed "Cherie", it reached #54...
    Interestingly; the A-side of "Cherie" was "Good Time Baby, and it peaked at #11, spent 11 weeks on the Top 100, and was Bobby's 11th chart record on the Top 100...
    On this appearance on "Bandstand' in 1961 he was also celebrating his 19th birthday (he was born on April 26th, 1942).
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyWhen Glenn Miller's "That Old Black Magic" reached #1 on May 29th, 1943 it ended Harry James' "I've Heard That Song Before" amazing 12 consecutive weeks as the No. 1 record. But James did come back a week later to reclaim #1 for one more week!!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 29th, 1943 "That Old Black Magic" by Glenn Miller reached No. 1 for a one week period!!!
  • Sam from Hipsville, CaBobby Rydell did a great version of this one as well in the early 60's.
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