memories of the ’70s – Magic by Pilot

The Scots ruled the Canadian airwaves in 1975, with the release of the single Magic by the band Pilot.

Formed in 1973 in Edinburgh, two of the members had been in the Bay City Rollers: David Patton and Billy Lyall.

Signing with EMI, their first album, From the Album of the Same Name, was produced by Alan Parsons. Their first single from the album was Magic, written by Patton and Lyall and released in 1974

The song made the top 10 in the UK and US, but it went number one in Canada in 1975, becoming a radio favourite. Want a listen of this song? Magic by Pilot.

Certified gold after selling a million copies, the band’s second single January, was well-received in the UK, giving Pilot its first number one single in the UK.

But for this band with a strong label, well-known producer, and well-known members, this band didn’t stay together, with band members leaving to work with other acts and consequent songs failing to hit the top of the charts.

By 1978, all band members were working on other projects and the two remaining members had recorded Two’s a Crowd in 1977, which didn’t garner any radio airplay.

But the power of the single Magic continues, as one of the mainstays of 1970s classic rock and playlists of the 21st century.



About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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