Pilot were a Scottish rock group, formed in 1973 in Edinburgh by David Paton and Billy Lyall. They are best known for their song “Magic”
“Magic” is a popular 1974 song by Scottish pop rock band Pilot, and was the first hit single for the group. It was written by band members Billy Lyall and David Paton for their debut album, From the Album of the Same Name.
It charted most successfully in Canada, where it topped the RPM national singles chart on 19 July 1975, and received a gold certification. It climbed as far as number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and reached number five during the summer of 1975 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.
According to David Paton, he was in a place in Edinburgh, Blackford Hill and he purchased a house there. The hills and the sunrise at 6 AM inspired him to write the song. In a 2012 interview with Hotdisc Television, Paton also stated that at the time, his wife said she’d “never seen a daybreak,” which also inspired the song.