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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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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:56:15 -0800

... Carlos Penavega of Dancing With the Stars as Kenickie. Talk about an all-star list of beauty school drop-outs. We'll be watching. And no, not alone at a drive-in movie. We can't wait to see how those magic changes play out in a live format. Begin ...

Springfield News-Leader

Springfield News-Leader
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:52:28 -0700

Colton Taff's Doody leads an ear-catching version of "Those Magic Changes," while 2008 Rydell alum Clayton Avery and Zoe Zelonky get lowbrow laughs in Roger and Jan's "Mooning" number. Also winning are full-voiced Lora Sorenson as Marty ("Freddy, ...


Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:21:23 -0700

Both songs were on the soundtrack of the 1978 film “Grease,” along with other tracks performed by the group including “Those Magic Changes,” “Hound Dog,” “Rock & Roll Is Here to Stay” and “Blue Moon.” Sha Na Na appeared as a band called Johnny ...

The Sun Chronicle

The Sun Chronicle
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:56:15 -0700

Doody, the youngest of the greasers, is played by Chris Margodonna of Warwick, who gives a powerful, strong rendition of "Those Magic Changes" early in Act 1. It's so well done it's worth the price of admission by itself. Betty Rizzo, leader of the ...

Gaston Gazette

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”.

San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

San Antonio Express-News (subscription)
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:44:07 -0700

Trevor Chauvin does a great job with “Those Magic Changes”; James R. Welch is sweet and funny in “Mooning”; Paige Berry rules in “Freddy, My Love”; and Carlye Elyse Gossen makes “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” her own. In addition, Kacey Roye ...

Greenville News

Greenville News
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:33:45 -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, ...


Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:55:16 -0700

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