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"You Can Do Magic" is a song by singer-songwriter Russ Ballard which was recorded as a 1982 single by folk rock duo America from their album View from the Ground.

"You Can Do Magic"
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Single by America
from the album View from the Ground
B-side"Even the Score"
ReleasedJuly 6, 1982 (1982-07-06)
RecordedMarch 1982
StudioAbbey Road Studio 2, London
GenreSoft rock[1], pop rock
Songwriter(s)Russ Ballard
Producer(s)Russ Ballard
America singles chronology
"You Can Do Magic"
"Right Before Your Eyes"

The song was one of two Ballard compositions on View from the Ground, the other being "Jody". Ballard wrote both songs specifically for America at the behest of Rupert Perry, A&R vice president for Capitol Records. Ballard also produced the tracks marking a return to record production after a four-year hiatus; although Ballard had had earlier hits as a songwriter, "You Can Do Magic" was his first major hit credit as a producer.[2]

"You Can Do Magic" proved a solid comeback vehicle for America whose last Top 40 hit - "Today's the Day" - had occurred in 1976 with the second of their two further appearances on the Hot 100 in Billboard occurring in 1979. "You Can Do Magic" returned America to the Top 40 in August 1982 with the track reaching #8 that October.[3] The popularity of "You Can Do Magic" was paralleled by the success of the parent View From the Ground album which rose to #41 on Billboard's listing of the top 200 albums, the first time an album by America as a duo (rather than the original trio) had appeared in that chart's upper half.

International chart placings for "You Can Do Magic" include #30 in Australia,[citation needed] #37 in Canada,[4] #20 in Ireland,[citation needed] #27 in Italy,[citation needed] #12 in New Zealand[citation needed] and #59 in the UK.[5]

The success of "You Can Do Magic" led to America recording their 1983 album Your Move with Russ Ballard as producer.


Chart performanceEdit

Other versionsEdit

Drew Seeley covered "You Can Do Magic" for the 2009 Walt Disney Records soundtrack, Wizards of Waverly Place.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "200 Greatest Soft Rock Songs".
  2. ^ Billboard vol 94 # 40 (October 9 1982) p.33
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-8230-7499-0.
  4. ^ America, "You Can Do Magic" Canadian Chart Positions Retrieved March 30, 2015
  5. ^ "America singles charts history". Official Charts. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  6. ^ RPM
  7. ^ RPM
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – You Can Do Magic". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  9. ^ NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, 28 November 1982

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