Classic Hit Academy- Songs Inspired by other Musicians-Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band

Veteran bluesman Steve Miller got his start in his teens ion the 1960s and by the 1980s he was makign pop hit records.

This was Steve Miller Band’s their third #1, following “The Joker” and “Rock ‘N’ Me.”

The lyrics were inspired by Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Miller had met the Supremes performing together on NBC’s Hullabaloo in 1966.

Although he had the music for this song it was a struggle finding words the fit it. Miller explained that “One day I was out skiing in Sun Valley and, lo and behold, who did I see on the mountain but Diana Ross. I skied down off the mountain to go have lunch. I had played with Diana Ross and the Supremes on Hullabaloo in the ’60s, and I started thinking about the Supremes and I wrote the lyrics to ‘Abracadabra’ in 15 minutes.

A little Motown magic I suppose !

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