If our recent ‘Album Tales’ deep-dive into the creation of Madonna’s brilliant Like A Virgin had you jonesing for more about this revered 1984 album from the Material Girl, here are five bonus facts.
1. Madonna chose Nile Rodgers to produce Like A Virgin due to his work with Chic and her muse David Bowie (Rodgers produced Bowie’s 1983 record Let’s Dance).
2. The title track’s three-note, Giorgio Moroder-esque synth bass is borrowed from the Four Tops’ I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).
3. Originally recorded by Rose Royce, Madonna’s cover of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, which appears on the album, was recorded with a live orchestra. According to Rodgers, Madonna was overcome with emotion and shed real tears during the take “but [he] left it on the record”.
5. Into The Groove, which was recorded for Madonna’s 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan and featured on the Like A Virgin reissue, was Madonna’s first UK #1. Although this song was only available in the US as the B-side to the 12” version of Angel (the third single to be lifted from the album), it was honoured by Billboard as ‘80s Dance Single Of The Decade.