Blue Magic was a Philadelphia-based R&B group formed in 1973. The group, which was distinguished by the falsetto vocals of lead singer Ted “Wizard” Mills, was part of the “soft soul” movement of the early 1970s that also produced The Delfonics, The Chi-Lites and The Stylistics. Like those groups, Blue Magic was best known for dreamy love songs with high tenor leads.
The group’s first major hit, Sideshow, topped the R&B charts in 1974. But success was fleeting. Just three years later, Blue Magic made what would be its last appearance on those charts for 12 years; a song called Summer Snow struggled to reach 40 on the chart. Two “comeback” singles released in 1989 also performer poorly.
Signature songs: Sideshow, Stopped to Start, Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely and Three Ring Circus
Signature lineup: Ted “Wizard” Mills, Keith Beaton, Vernon Sawyer, Wendall Sawyer, Richard Pratt