Album cover for Madonna Like A VirginIf 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”.

4. A homage to Motown music, Shoo-Bee-Doo tips its hat to the songs of ‘60s girl groups such as The Shirelles and The Crystals.

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.