“Abracadabra” by The Steve Miller Band hit #1 for two weeks in 1982. It was the title track on Steve’s ‘Abracadabra’ album, and the lyrics were based on a chance encounter with Steve Miller and Diana Ross.
Steve Miller explained that he wrote the song in the late 70’s, but didn’t like the song’s lyrics, so he put it on the shelf. He was stuck on the lyrics for the song until a chance encounter with Diana Ross changed all of that.
Steve said, “About three years later, I was out skiing and I saw Diana Ross on the ski slopes, which blew my mind, man. There’s Diana Ross sittin’ on her butt – had just fallen over. Then I go, ‘Wow, it’s Diana Ross.’ She had about nine bodyguards with her, so I just skied on by. And I went home and I started thinking about Diana Ross and The Supremes and I had done a gig with them once on Hullabaloo in 1965, so I had a pretty good image of them. And I wrote ‘Abracadabra’ in about 15 minutes.”
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[Source: Classic Hits Today]