Pilot Magic



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The Magic Collection:

Because of lockdown, I’ve spent most of my days in the studio recording and experimenting with ideas. This is where the recordings for The Magic Collection began.

It has been a very productive time for me, I felt very at home with the Pilot songs and spent a lot of time listening to the albums and picking out my favourites.

I’m really delighted with the end result and I believe that the music has adapted well to a more modern approach. Pilot music does have a timeless quality to it so reworking the songs has been a very enjoyable task.

I hope Pilot fans are happy with the new interpretations. Thank you all for your continued support.


Track List.


01. Magic 2021

02. January

03. Over the moon

04. Just a smile

05. Lucky for Some

06. Canada

07. Lovely Lady Smile

08. Penny in my pocket

09. Out of touch

10. To you alone

11. High into the sky

12. You’re devotion

13. Sky Blue



New Book on Sale – Paperback

Paperback Copies Now Available.

Magic - The David Paton Story


Magic – The David Paton Story – Paperback

“When I discovered The Beatles at the age of fourteen, I had no idea that one day I’d work with Paul McCartney in Studio two at Abbey Road; or that I’d write a number one worldwide hit; or that I’d spend three years touring the world and recording as bass player with Elton John, including playing in his band at Live Aid. These achievements were well beyond my imagination – yet I did them.

Making music is a joy and a privilege, but my career as a musician has made it possible for me to meet and work with some of the world-famous artists that I idolised. I am the singer, songwriter and bass player with the group Pilot. I wrote the worldwide hits ‘Magic’, ‘January’ and ‘Just a Smile’. I was a member of The Alan Parsons Project for ten years. I have done session work with The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Chris De Burgh, Chris Rea and Jimmy Page, to name but a few.”

This book gives an insight into the life of a successful songwriter and session musician. I have a lot to say, but as well as telling my story, I also offer a valuable insight into what to do – and what not to do – should the reader be interested in pursuing a career in music.

David Paton first gained recognition as the lead singer and writer of the group Pilot, writing their hit songs including ‘Magic’ and number one ‘January’ in the mid-1970s. He then went on to collaborate with various major artists such as Kate Bush, The Alan Parsons Project, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

He has always had a genuine passion for writing, playing, and producing all types of music, with an emphasis on collaborating with other musicians. Still active in music, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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