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"Those Magic Changes"
Song by Sha Na Na
Released 1978
Genre Rock and Roll, Doo Wop
Length 2:18
Label RSO Records
Writer Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

"Those Magic Changes" is a pop song from the musical Grease which was performed by Sha Na Na in the film version.

In the movie version of Grease, "Those Magic Changes" is played at the high school dance scene, preceded by "Rock n' Roll Is Here to Stay", and succeeded by "Hound Dog". However, in the musical, it is set in Rydell High, and comes between "Summer Nights" and "Freddy, My Love". Also, Doody and the Burger Palace Boys sing "Those Magic Changes" in the musical, as opposed to Sha Na Na in the movie version. In the Broadway musical the song goes away from Rydell High to Doody's dream of being in a rock concert with the Pink Ladies, and Burger Palace Boys (the men's gang in the stage version) as his harmony singers. Furthermore, the song is placed in the forefront of the show, while it is background music for the movie.

To this day, Sha Na Na remain well known for their performances as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers in the film version of "Grease". "Those Magic Changes" was performed with important dialog over it, illustrating some subplots in the movie, such as building up the rivalry between The T-Birds and The Scorpions, as well as Sandy realizing that Cha Cha was one of Danny's past girlfriends, and leaves the dance upset. Later, she calls makes it up to him by getting a complete makeover, as demonstrated in "You're The One That I Want".

This song is built upon a simple, repeated, chord progression of C to A Minor to F to G7, which was the basis for most Doo Wop songs in the 50's ("This Magic Moment", etc.),[1] known as the 50s progression.[2] In the play, the other characters sing each of these letters in background accompaniment, and in the 1994 revival, this progression becomes the basis for the bridge with the letters being spoken as the words "see," "a" and "gee," and the first syllable of the word "effortlessly":

"C - C - See how much I want you;

A - A - A - A million ways!

F - F - Eff-ortlessly love you;

G - G - Gee, I'm in a haze!"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "This Magic Moment", MusicNotes.com. Chords marked. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Those Magic Changes", MusicNotes.com. Chords marked. (subscription required)

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85 news items

Gaston Gazette
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:18:45 -0700

Those hoping for a specific role should come prepared to sing these solos: * Danny — “Alone at the Drive-In”. * Kenickie — “Grease Lightening”. * Doody — “Those Magic Changes”. * Roger — “Mooning”. Girls auditioning: * Sandy — “Hopelessly Devoted”.

Greenville News

Greenville News
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:37:18 -0700

This enthusiasm continues as Martinez leads a delightful “Those Magic Changes” and through to the joyous group number “Greased Lightning,” and Pennington's Three Stooges-infused take on “Mooning.” The more introspective songs are also handled well, ...

San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

San Antonio Express-News (subscription)
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:33:45 -0700

... show also gives most of the characters in the couple's orbit a chance to shine in solo numbers, an opportunity that the actors grab and run with. Trevor Chauvin does a great job with “Those Magic Changes”; James R. Welch is sweet and funny in ...
Clintoncourier (subscription)
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:11:25 -0800

Brett Hammes, as Doody, is a pleasant surprise when his goofy, half- witted comments take a backseat to belted vocals in the dream sequence during “Those Magic Changes.” Meanwhile, Becca Williams' Frenchy, and Jan and Roger, played by Kehela ...

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Citizen
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 03:32:59 -0700

The enactment of Gabriel Sanchez as Doody was exceptionally striking, as Sanchez displayed his guitar skills and musicianship in highlight songs such as Those Magic Changes and Rock and Roll Party Queen. Supporting the other roles with a memorable ...
Butler Eagle (subscription)
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:07:30 -0700

Those Magic Changes” and “Rock'n'roll Party Queen” as performed by Derek Gieraltowski and Vinnie Lowerre were like listening to 1950s radio all over again. “Freddy My Love,” sung by Ann Marie Lowerre, oozed teenage puppy love. Waylon O'Donnell ...

Seward County Independent

Seward County Independent
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:26:15 -0700

The Burger Palace Boys, from left, Kenicike (Josh Brumm), Doody (Jake Marshall), Roger (Kyler Nolan) and Sonny (Andrew Cahoon) try to get Danny (Kyle Rojewski, center) to talk about his summer in "Grease." ...
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:15:00 -0800

"Grease Is The Word", “Greased Lightening”, "Born to Hand Jive"," Sandy", "Rock n' Roll is Here to Stay" “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On”, “Those Magic Changes", "Hound Dog", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "Blue Moon", "La Bamba","You're the One That I ...

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