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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 1971 musical Grease which was performed by Sha Na Na in the 1978 film version.

In the musical, the song is performed Doody and the Burger Palace Boys at Rydell High School and appears between "Summer Nights" and "Freddy, My Love". The song is part of a dream sequence that moves away from Rydell High to Doody's dream of being in a rock concert, with the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys as his harmony singers. The song typifies pop music structure of the mid-to-late 1950s, and its lyrics are double entendres for both chord progression and young love.

However, in the movie version, "Those Magic Changes" is played at the high school dance scene, performed by Johnny Casino and the Gamblers, and rather than being a major part of the plot is kept more in the background. The song is preceded by "Rock n' Roll Is Here to Stay", and succeeded by "Hound Dog". It is was performed with 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.

In the 2016 live TV musical, the song's stage musical beginnings as Doody's solo guitar number is reincorporated. Doody begins to perform the song in the diner when Sandy challenges Danny to prove he can handle committing to a sport, like the male jock that Sandy is dating. After that, Doody performs the rest of the song in the gymnasium between Danny's attempts at finding a sport that would impress Sandy. The final chorus of the song is sung in unison by Doody and Danny, adding to the friendly relationship they share together as T-Birds.

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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1422 news items


Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:26:15 -0800

Grease Live's "Those Magic Changes," credited to Jordan Fisher, Aaron Tveit, and the cast, sold 9,101 US copies last week. By far the best-selling “Grease Live!” soundtrack song, “Those Magic Changes” moved just over 9,000 copies during its inaugural ...


Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:03:32 -0800

The Tony-winning costume designer puts a modern spin on the 70s film of the 50s-set musical. Here, Long reveals the secrets behind his creative process and the "onstage" transformations (yes, we'll see some!) that make him feel more like Copperfield ...


Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:56:15 -0800

A smash ratings hit, FOX's “Grease Live!” also generated interest in its soundtrack. Numerous songs climbed into the Top 500 on the US iTunes sales chart, several reached the Top 200, and one is presently positioned inside the Top 50. “Those Magic ...

Toronto Star

Broadway World
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:05:29 -0800

"Rock Progression" was an early version of "Those Magic Changes" and "Foster Beach" was eventually revised into "Summer Nights." Sandy introduced her revised self to Danny with the song "Kiss It," Johnny Casino and The Gamblers entertained with ...


Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:31:12 -0800

Fisher's performance of “Those Magic Changes” midway through the Fox broadcast earned the singer rave reviews, Bruno Mars comparisons and a slew of new fans. Fisher tells Fuse that when the three-hour production wrapped, he went back and found his ...


Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:37:30 -0800

Grease: Live was full of amazing performances on Sunday night, but one of the most underrated was definitely Jordan Fisher's rendition of "Those Magic Changes." Playing the silly and goofy Doody, the Teen Beach Movie 2 star pulled out all the stops for ...

FOX 11 Los Angeles

FOX 11 Los Angeles
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:22:30 -0800

His stand out moment performing “Those Magic Changes” put Jordan on the map, with the likes of People Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Entertainment Weekly, calling him a star and one to watch. As a musician and signed artist with Hollywood Records, a glimpse ...

Yellowhammer News

Yellowhammer News
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:22:30 -0800

Even critics, reporters, and major Broadway stars, like Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the hit musical Hamilton) tweeted out their love for Fisher's performance of “Those Magic Changes.” Fisher remains in awe of the response to his performance, and he ...

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