Magical musical tour: #12 "You Can Do Magic" America (1982)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
March 15, 2019 6:23am CST
“You can do magic You can have anything you desire Magic, and you know You’re the one who can put out the fire” In 1970, the British-American trio of Dan Peek, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley formed America in London. Hard to believe now but their soft folk rock sound was popular in the era of hard and progressive rock and burgeoning punk rock scene. America scored major hits with “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Their best and biggest hit “A Horse With No Name” is unlike anything else they did and quite good. From the album “A View from the Ground,” “You Can Do Magic” was specially written for America by Russ Ballard who also wrote Rainbow’s “Since You Been Gone” and Three Dog Night’s “Liar.” The love song was something of a comeback for the group peaking at Billboard #8. However, changing musical tastes caught up with America and the song was their last hurrah. America is still active on the nostalgia circuit.
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• United States
Well, you see, it's like this: all of their "hit albums" had a title that began with the letter H. "A View From the Ground" would have continued their success if they had named it HA View From the Ground. Truth be told, not a favorite America song.
• United States
This reminds me of my junior high years . . . and funny I still remember the lyrics even though I haven't heard this in a long time! I loved Top 40s on top of the stereotypical 80s stuff, but a lot of my peers weren't into the Casey Kasem . . . I liked this one when everyone else was only into the KROQ type stuff.