Moonlight Feels Right


About Moonlight Feels Right

"Moonlight Feels Right" is the debut single recorded by the American band Starbuck. Written and produced by Bruce Blackman, the song was released in the first week of April 1976. The song features a prominent marimba solo by co-founding band member Bo Wagner. "Moonlight Feels Right" was a major American hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100, number two on the Cash Box chart, and number one on Record World. It is ranked as the 34th biggest US hit of the year. On the Canadian chart, the song peaked at number three in early August 1976. It is ranked as the 51st biggest Canadian hit of 1976. On the American Top 40 radio program of August 14, 1976, Casey Kasem reported the group's difficulties in promoting their single. Over the winter they had hand-delivered the record to 400 radio stations, 95 percent of which had told them they would play it, but did not. One of those stations, WERC in Birmingham, Alabama, told them that it sounded like a spring song to them, so they would play it but would wait until spring to do so. Discouraged, the group re-entered the recording studio. However, WERC kept their promise and became the first to do so, because "Moonlight Feels Right" became a hit immediately following its first airing. The song debuted on the U. S. charts the week ending April 17, 1976, with a chart run of over five months. 


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The wind blew some luck in my direction
I caught it in my hands today 
I finally made a tricky French connection
You winked and gave me your o.k.
I'll take you on a trip beside the ocean
And drop the top at Chesapeake Bay 
Ain't nothing like the sky to dose a potion
The moon will send you on your way 

Moonlight feels right 
Moonlight feels right 

We'll lay back and observe the constellations
And watch the moon smilin' bright 
I'll play the radio on southern stations
Cause southern belles are hell at night 
You say you came to Baltimore from Ole Miss
Class of seven four gold ring
The eastern moon looks ready for a wet kiss
To make the tide rise again

We'll see the sun come up on Sunday morning 
And watch it fade the moon away 
I guess you know I'm giving you a warning
Cause me and moon are itching to play
I'll take you on a trip beside the ocean 
And drop the top at Chesapeake Bay 
Ain't nothin' like the sky to dose a potion 
The moon will send you on your way

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Starbuck was a rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 by keyboardist/vocalist/record producer Bruce Blackman and marimba player Bo Wagner. Both Blackman and Wagner, along with guitarist Johnny Walker, had previous success with Mississippi-based "sunshine pop" group Eternity's Children, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Mrs. Bluebird" in the summer of 1968. more »

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Written by: Bruce Blackman


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