Battle of the Bands

It’s Magic #BoTB showdown

Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! I’m struggling to find my blog groove after a busy April. I had lots of fun pulling together my All Thing Vintage series and now I’m ready to settle into a life of normalcy again.

It’s Magic was written by Jule Styne (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics). The song introduced by Doris Day in her film début, Romance on the High Seas in 1948. Day’s recording spent 21 weeks on the billboard chart at #2.

Here is Doris Day from Romance on the High Seas singing It’s Magic at the 1:37 mark.

U.K. artist, Keely Smith, recorded It’s Magic ten years later with a similar style as Day.

Who did you like the best, Doris Day or Keely Smith? There’s no right or wrong vote, except for a no vote. Cast your vote by leaving your favorite choice in comments and if you have time feel free to tell me why your pick is the best.


The fun continues with more epic battles underway; I invite you to visit, Stephen, for a complete list of BoTB players and a special thanks to the brain child of this music meme, Fae.

I will share the results of this competition a week from day, so mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named! Thanks for joining in on the fun and I hope you’ll dance by tomorrow for Mewsic Moves Me.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with have a bandtastic day!


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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


  • Far Away Eyes

    Cathy, STMcC asked me to stop by and let you know that he left his vote for your BOTB in the comment section of HIS blog. Seems the old guy just could not get through your security to leave a comment here. Not sure what’s up with that, but maybe the two of your can figure it out.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Thanks, Fae. I hopped over to Stephen’s just now and got his vote. I have no idea what sort of problem he had. I hope no one else has had problems. Have a good day!

  • Myke Todd

    The Doris Day performance was average for her, so I thought, perhaps, perhaps, perhaps the Keeley Smith rendition would raise the bar, but that did not happen for me.

    Doris Day is my choice.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Myke, thank you for playing along this round of BoTB. This isn’t the best Doris Day performance, but it was nice. She has such a lovely voice with an undeniable feminine quality that I totally enjoy hearing in female artists. I have your vote recorded for Doris Day. Please check back on Friday to see who wins the showdown!

      • D-FensDogG

        WTH???!!! 7 Attempts to post a simple comment?! System all fouled up, but why am I the only person having a problem with it? …PART 1 OF 2:

        CATHY ~
        I was going to use Keely Smith in my April 15th BOTB contest – just before deciding to sit that one out.

        And this time I went a different musical route because I’m combining BOTB with TSOML. But within the next few Battles I’ll finally be using that Keely Smith song I have in mind. (Continued…)

        • Cathy Kennedy

          Stephen, thanks for popping in, but you didn’t vote! Were you having trouble leaving a comment here?! I noticed you used a different blog url when you left this comment. Now, I”m confused and I’m not blond. lol I hope you come back to cast your vote or to clarify what’s going on. That’s interesting that you were going to use Keeley last BoTB. I’ll look forward to seeing what you share by Keeley in the next round, though. Hop back over when you get a chance, my friend!

  • Janie Junebug

    I have to vote for Doris Day. I loved watching her movies on TV when I was growing up. Although Kelly Smith has a good voice, no one can quite match the vocal styling of Doris Day.


    • Cathy Kennedy

      Janie, Yeah, I always liked watching Doris Day movies and her old TV show when I was a kid. In recent months DH & I watched one of her movies on Netflix. We got a real kick out of seeing it ~ delightfully innocent and cute! Thanks for voting for Doris. Next stop your place!

  • Cherdo

    Hey, neighbor! I love both of these songs and both of these artists. So, I have to go to me roots! There’s something about Doris Day (insert Rizzo from Grease: “hey…I’m Doris Day” mockery) that is comforting. In the land of limited television channels (i.e., grandma’s house), I seemed to see ole’ DD often and that makes her family-ish. Like my other family, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Mike Nesmith….


    Lovely job, Cathy!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Howdy, neighbor! 😉 I have some fond memories of DD, too. I loved watching her old TV show. Oh, I’m a Monkee’s fan, too. I had such a crush on Davy Jones. Do you remember in the mid-80s when they went on tour? They came to Knoxville and I got to see them. That was so much fun! Thanks for voting. I have you down for Doris Day. Now I’m off to see you! 😉

  • Birgit

    I still have to see that Doris Day film! I know, I know….I did not see this one:) Gosh, this is tough for me because Doris always sings these songs with a little bit of perkiness to them while Keely has some of the sexy style that is needed but some of the swingin style in Smith’s version didn’t appeal to me as much so I am going with Doris Day. On a rare point, my hubby was here listening to both and he preferred Keely Smith’s version because of her voice being a bit more sultry

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Birgit, Hmmm, do I log both votes? Yours for Doris and the hubs for Keely? lol Both gals do a fab job, don’t they? Their similar, yet different styles can be enjoyed the best depending on the day you hear them, I think. Thanks for playing along, now to hop over to visit you!

  • John Holton

    These are both wonderful. I’ve never seen “Romance On The High Seas,” but it looks like the kind of movie I’d like. I love both these singers: Keely Smith was Louis Prima’s wife and the two of them did some great songs together, and it seems like Doris Day has been around forever. I felt like Doris sang this with a lot more emotion, and she gets my vote here.

    • Cathy Kennedy

      John, I haven’t seen Romance On The High Seas either, but would like to, as well. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Keely Smith before this battle. It’s nice discovering new-to-me retro singers like Smith. I have you down for Doris Day, now I need to hop over to you place.

  • dcrelief

    Wow! Another tough battle choice for me. I am thrilled by the big band sound that accompanies Keely Smith. I only wish it didn’t sound like she’s yelling the lyrics. I really want that ‘Romance on the High Seas’ to sound soft and dreamy…. that said… my vote is for Doris Day.

    Congratulations on a fine A-Z challenge theme. I hated to miss so many of your posts. Have fun with this battle. See you later.

    @dcrelief from

    dcrelief – Battle of the Bands

  • greyzoned/angelsbark

    Hey Cathy. Congrats on a fantastic A-Z! I enjoyed your posts so much!
    As for your battle, I like Keely Smith’s voice better overall so please give my vote to her.
    Have a great and restful Sunday!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Michele, I’m delighted you liked the All Things Vintage series I used in the A2Z challenge. It was a lot of fun to do and it makes me very happy that others such as you liked it, too. I appreciate you popping in to cast your vote for Keely. I’m a day behind on the BoTB, so I better get cracking. Next stop your place!

  • McGuffy Ann

    Hi, Cathy! I have not been getting your notifications. I put my Follow info in, again. Do you have a Subscribe by Email option? That seems to work best for me. Blog Lovin’ is very unreliable for me: lots of ads, but ones that I follow are often left out. I understand this happens for others, too. I have missed a lot, unfortunately, but am trying to correct it. I did the A-Z, for the first time…that consumed me, but was fun!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      McGuffy Ann, I’m sorry for the delay in addressing your question, but yes I do have email notifications. You can subscribe in my side menu, just above my Twitter icon you should see CATHY MEWS with a box to add your email address. Thanks for being such a loyal reader and friend. I am now playing catch up on A2Z comments and visits for the past 2-weeks when my schedule snow balled out of control. lol OH well, have an awesome week! If you want to vote in this round of BoTB then I’d love, if you did! 😉

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Mary, I’m glad you enjoyed both women’s recordings. They do, do a nice job each in their own personal styles that makes equally nice to listen to. I have you down for Keely, now it’s time to dash over to your place!

  • Thomas Anderson

    Hi, Cathy!

    I love it when you turn back the clock to the 40s and 50s. My mother loved Keely Smith and I agree that she has a fine voice, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Doris Day, and I prefer her late 40s version of It’s Magic performed in Romance On the High Seas. Young Doris delivered the song with freshness and innocence and she was accompanied by a great orchestra which included Oscar Levant on piano. I enjoyed Oscar’s many comedic guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He always cracked Johnny up. The Keely Smith version had a brassy tempo change in the middle which was a nice touch but, all things considered, I give my vote to the earlier version, Doris Day singing the song in her film debut.

    Thank you very much, dear friend Cathy!

  • Arlee Bird

    Great song. My father used to love this one and my mother used to use it in her magical tap dance routine where she performed magic tricks while dancing. I remember seeing the orchestrated sheet music around the house for the times when they had a live band.

    I was pretty sure that I was going to go with Keely’s version because I really like her, but the uptempo big band portion kind of turned me off. I like this song done slowly and sweetly like Doris did it. Keely was good but just not totally to my taste–she started off the way I like though.

    A vote for Doris Day after a few listens to both. Good Battle.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Lee, I think I read Doris Day used It’s Magic for her TV show. It’s really a pretty song, especially with her soft singing style. I have your vote recorded for Doris Day!

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