Starbuck – Moonlight Feels Right 

Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3); 1976

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In the world of pop music, each summer brings records that capture seasonal vibes. In 1976 that honor went to Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck. Starbuck’s singer and keyboardist, Bruce Blackman, got his professional feet wet in 1965 when he formed The Phantoms while attending Delta College in Mississippi. The band soon changed its name to Eternity’s Children and – in August, 1968 – reached #69 on the Hot 100 with Mrs. Bluebird. In 1972, Blackman resurfaced in Mississippi along with another ex-Children member, drummer Bo Wagner, who’d joined Blackman’s former band after he’d left the lineup. Fortune eluded Blackman again when Mississippi’s debut-to-be album was not released. 1974 found Blackman and Wagner together again in Starbuck. The band released Moonlight Feels Right in September of 1975 to thundering silence. Six months later Birmingham, Alabama disc jockey Mike St. John started spinning Starbuck’s sunshine pop single. It reached #3 on July 31st: smack dab in the middle of summer.

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Produced by:

  • Bruce Blackman

Lyrics Written by:

  • Bruce Blackman