“Magic Man” is the opening Track from Heart’s 1975 Album Dreamboat Annie. What an opening to an Album! This is my Favorite Heart Song, it always has been, especially after watching a “Behind the Music” type show on VH-1 years ago that was about Heart. Something about the story of Ann Wilson in the 70’s, and the man this Song was written about captured me and I’ve never forgotten it. Also, you can hear in this Track how influenced the Wilson sisters were from Led Zeppelin. It really is a Classic Rock gem of a Song with a bit of Blues Rock and Prog Rock that weave through the Song, most notably in the instrumental section of the Song.
“Magic Man” was released as a Single in Canada in 1975, and in the U.S. in 1976. It was the second Single from Heart’s debut Album, Dreamboat Annie. It was written and composed by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, and is said to be written from the viewpoint of a young girl who is being seduced by an older man.
In an interview (and also in the VH-1 special I mentioned) Ann revealed that the “Magic Man” was her then-boyfriend, band manager Michael Fisher, and that part of the Song was an autobiographical telling of the beginnings of their relationship. (from Wikipedia)
Michael was originally Heart’s guitarist. Ann followed Michael to Canada during the Vietnam War years so he wouldn’t get drafted. In 1974, Nancy joined the band later and Michael then became the Band’s manager and sound engineer.
“Magic Man” by Heart
from the Album, Dreamboat Annie (1975)
“‘Come on home, girl’ he said with a smile
‘you don’t have to love me yet, let’s get high awhile.
But try to understand, try to understand
Try, try, try to understand, I’m a magic man.'”
“Magic Man” became Heart’s first Top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. (from Wikipedia)
According to Ann and Nancy Wilson’s autobiography Kicking and Dreaming, “Magic Man” climbed the charts thanks to a radio publicist who offered DJs drugs and prostitutes in return for airplay.
Nancy Wilson recalled:
“When we were out of the way he’d pass the DJ a gram of cocaine,”or the number of a hooker and say, ‘She’s yours, on Heart.'”
“Magic Man” (live, 1976) by Heart
What do you think of Today’s Song of the Day? Do you have a Favorite Heart Song?