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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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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 ...

Daily Review

Daily Review
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:01:10 -0800

One great example is Grease (1978), where a whole bunch of songs performed by the supporting characters were ditched, including Those Magic Changes. It's perhaps the most beautiful melody in the entire score, but the song itself doesn't get you very ...


Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:41:52 -0700

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Those Magic Changes!" A Two-Show Day at Walnut Street Theatre's Grease With Richard "Doody" Cerato. By Matthew Blank 06 Jun 2013. Richard Cerato, currently dreaming rock and roll dreams a Doody in Walnut Street Theatre's ...

New York Times

New York Times
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:43:30 -0700

Those Magic Changes,” sung here by Robin de Jesús, as Doody, is downright soulful, while “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” by Morgan Weed, as Rizzo, is quite heartfelt. Ms. Weed's “Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee” is a skilled display of cleverness and ...
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:56:02 -0700

... Drew Foster as her tough boyfriend Kenicke (“Greased Lightnin'”), Natalie Kaye Clater as gold-digging Marty (“Freddy, My Love”), Tyler Bradley Indyck as guitar-playing Doody (“Those Magic Changes”), former St. Louisan and “The Office” star Phyllis ...
The Post-Standard - syracuse.com
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:23:26 -0700

Between oldies numbers like "Shout" and doo wop tunes like "Those Magic Changes," Bauman spoke to the crowd in his matter-of-fact manner -- always smiling, voice always booming. At one point, he strode into the aisles and chatted with people in the ...
Portland Daily Sun
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:37:30 -0700

Mr. McCarrell's Doody brought the house down and was my musical highlight with "Those Magic Changes". My major disappointment was the number "Greased Lightning." Ogunquit uses microphones and generally has a top-notch sound, yet, for this one ...

Back Stage

Back Stage
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:00:55 -0700

I sang 'Those Magic Changes' from 'Grease' and I got asked to come back,” he recalls. A Backstage fan, Giordano enjoys reading the Secret Agent Man and the Working Actor columns. Giordano reveals, “I save all [of] my Backstages. They are all on my ...

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