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It Must Be Magic

1981
Gordy records
written & produced by Teena Marie


Songs:
A link indicates that lyrics are available for the song.

It Must Be Magic (6:03) (Teena Marie)
Revolution (4:27) (Teena Marie)
Where's California (5:24) (Teena Marie)
365 (4:10) (Teena Marie)
Opus III (Does Anyone Care) (1:27) (Teena Marie)
Square Biz (6:13) (Teena Marie-Allen McGrier)
The Ballad of Cradle Rob & Me (3:42) (Teena Marie-Jill Jones)
Portuguese Love (7:47) (Teena Marie)
Yes Indeed (4:57) (Teena Marie)


Singles:
"It Must Be Magic" b/w "365" -- (Gordy 7212, 9/11/81)
"Portuguese Love" b/w "Yes Indeed" -- (Gordy 7216, 10/23/81)
"Square Biz" b/w ? -- (Gordy 7202, 5/29/81)


Chart Positions
"It Must Be Magic" -- #30 R&B
"Portuguese Love" -- #54 R&B
"Square Biz" -- #3 R&B, #50 Pop


Personnel:

Lead Vocals -- Teena Marie
Guitar -- Tom McDermott, Josef Andre Parson
Synthesizer, Keyboards, Piano -- Teena Marie, James S. Stewart, Jr., Scott Markus DeTurk, Bill W. Wolfer, Allen McGrier, Patrice Rushen (keyboards on "Yes Indeed")
Bass -- Oscar Alston, Allen McGrier, Charles A. Glenn, Jr.
Drums -- Paul Hines, Christopher Anthony Boehme
Harp -- Lloyd Lindroth
Saxophone -- Daniel Lemelle, Gerald Albright
Trombone -- John C. Ervin
Flute -- John C. Ervin, Gerald Albright
Trumpet -- Cliff J. Ervin & Roy L. Poper (piccolo trumpet), Kenneth Scott, Eric Butler
Background Vocalists -- Teena Marie, Mickey Boyce-Hearn, Jill Jones, Rick James, Diedra Joseph, Jackie Ruffin, the Temptations (Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Glenn arl Leonard), Dwayne Wedlan, Ray Townsend, Grayland Taylor, Ginny Pallante, Anthony Brockert, Arnell Carmichael, Darren Carmichael, Phillip Ingram, Maxine Waters-Willard, Julia Waters-Tillman, Pattie Brooks


Additional notes:

Teena provides all vocal arrangements and shares rhythm and horn arrangements for this album, which was certified gold on August 6, 1981. This album was also Teena's last for Gordy/Motown records. Rick James provides the "male adlib" vocals on "Portuguese Love." "Square Biz" was a huge R&B chart success that featured one of the earliest raps (along with Deborah Harry of Blondie) to be done by a non-rap female (not to mention white) artist.


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