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|Single by Perry Como|
|A-side||"Catch a Falling Star"|
|Recorded||December 3, 1957|
|Perry Como singles chronology|
The biggest hit version of the song was recorded by Perry Como and released by RCA Victor in December 1957, becoming a hit early in 1958. The record was produced by Joe Reisman. The peak position in the United States is hard to track precisely, due to the multiple charts used in Billboard magazine. The overall impact of the song probably fell just below the top ten. The song was also a 1958 hit in Italy, while in the United Kingdom it spent eight weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Como's biggest ever hit there.
In his 2003 book Burt Bacharach, Song by Song, Serene Dominic comments:
Combined with the quizzical bassoon, the whistling and the ghastly white shadings of the Ray Charles Singers, these distant recollections must seem like occurrences on another planet to later generations.
A less successful UK cover version recorded by Ronnie Hilton reached No. 22 on the UK Singles Chart, in 1958. Hiltons version included some different lyrics than the original. Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1958 for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the album With All My Heart (2012).
Magic Moments is also the name given to a Surprise, Surprise style show within the BBC television film Pat and Margaret. Its theme music is the song itself and as the coach carrying various members of the audience sets off at the start of the film, they start singing it.
The song is also occasionally sung by Ulster Rugby fans at away matches, particularly after 'magic moments' of play.
The Perry Como version is featured in the 1998 film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, when Raoul arrives at a Vegas hotel where Dr. Gonzo is located, briefly in Alex Holeh Ahavah (1986), Dogma (1999), Police Academy (1984), Two Weeks Notice (2002), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Episode 3 of the first season of the 2012 BBC series Call the Midwife, which is set in 1957, and episode 9 of the 2017 Netflix series "Glow".
The song was also used as background music for a segment on the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon featuring a meeting of NASA Astronaut Group 2 - The New Nine - all of whom booked into the The Rice Hotel in Houston,Texas with the code name "Max Peck".
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- Dominic, S. (2003), Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics, Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0825672804, p.27.
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