Today in Madonna History: June 20, 1998

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On June 20, 1998, Madonna’s “Ray of Light” became the #1 dance single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.  The hit single remained #1 for 4 weeks!

Ray of Light” was written by Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Muldoon, Dave Curtiss, Christine Leach, and produced by Madonna and Orbit.  “Ray of Light” is based on Curtiss Maldoon’s “Sepheryn“.

“It took a long time to do the album, months. And it wasn’t like we were slacking. We actually did have to work fast, and there were many times when we had to move on. One of Madonna’s favorite phrases was: ‘Don’t gild the lily.’ In other words, keep it rough, and don’t perfect it too much. It’s a natural urge for computer buffs to perfect everything because they can, and we were very wary of that.”

—William Orbit on working with Madonna; Keyboard magazine