Billboard #1 Hits: #519: ‘Abracadabra’- Steve Miller Band. September 4, 1982. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Abracadabra’- Steve Miller Band
- Record Company- Capitol
- Genre: Pop Rock
- Written by Steve Miller
- Time: 3:34
- B-side: ‘Never Say No’
- Album- Abracadabra
- Grade: B
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #2 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Steve Miller on the Howard Stern Show in June 2016 said that Capitol Records didn’t see a hit with ‘Abracadabra’- and didn’t want to release it as a single. It came out in Europe and went to #1 all over Europe -then Capitol released it in the US- and of course it went to #1. Miller has said that the song was inspired by- Diana Ross.
I remember my first reaction in hearing the song was it didn’t sound like a Steve Miller type song. This was the Steve Miller Band’s third #1- and last Top 40 hit.