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"Those Magic Changes"
Song by Sha Na Na
Released 1978
Genre Pop music
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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3 news items

Pomerado Newspaper Group
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:00 -0700

Also deserving mention is Jake Saenz as Doody for his guitar performance in “Those Magic Changes,” an Act I number he sings with the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies. International platinum recording artist plus stage and screen veteran Rex Smith ...
The Tennessean
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:15:00 -0700

Some of my favorite moments are lesser-known numbers, such as Steven Kraski's charming take on “Those Magic Changes” and Micah Lynn's beautiful “Freddy, My Love.” Musical Director Jaclyn Brown has done an outstanding job, and the band, which also ...


Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:33:45 -0700

먼저 정성화는 '라디오 스타'의 '별자리 노래', '지킬앤하이드'의 '지금 이 순간', '그리스'의 'Those magic changes'를 연이어 소화했다. 지난 3월 첫 단독 콘서트를 성공리에 개최했던 정성화는 지난 콘서트에서 깜짝 선보인 댄스를 언급하며, '댄싱머신'의 변신 ...

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