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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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Shelby Star

Shelby Star
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:30:00 -0700

Doody — “Those Magic Changes”. * Roger — “Mooning”. Girls auditioning: * Sandy — “Hopelessly Devoted”. *Rizzo — “There are Worse Things I Could Do”. * Marty — “Freddy, My Love”. Anyone wishing to be a part of ensemble will sing “We Go Together” 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 ...
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 ...

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 ...

Camas Washougal Post Record

Camas Washougal Post Record
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:11:15 -0800

Doody (Charles Moreland) plays a rock star singing, “Those Magic Changes.” It is the second time WHS drama students will perform the Broadway show, “Grease.” The first time was nine years ago, but the movie songs were not yet available. Now, they are ...

Seward County Independent

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

When Danny, a popular tough guy, and Sandy, a sweet do-gooder, go back to school after a summer fling, Sandy finds that Danny is a different boy than the one she knew over the summer and must decide whether they really do “go together.” ...


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The Stage

The Stage
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:03:05 -0800

... I realize that the song is one of those created for the film version and didn't originate on stage, but now that some productions have incorporated that material, it's at least theatre-adjacent. We'll just have to wait for the metal version of ...

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