Today in Madonna History: October 3, 1985

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On October 3 1985, Madonna’s second single from the motion picture Vision Quest, Gambler was released by Geffen Records in select markets.

Gambler was entirely self-written by Madonna and produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez.

Gambler was never released in the United States, but it went to #4 in the UK.  The single also reached the top-ten in the charts of Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Ireland, Netherlands and Norway.

The music video for the song is an excerpt from the film.

Madonna has performed the song only once, on her Virgin Tour in 1985.

Alex Henderson from Allmusic called the song “an ultra-infectious gem that, unfortunately, isn’t on any of the Material Girl’s CDs” and felt that Gambler should have been a big hit.  

Would you like to see Madonna perform “Gambler” on a future concert tour?

4 responses

  1. I would love to see Gambler on a future tour! Maybe I ought to obtain the Vision Quest soundtrack! Her writing goes “You’re just jealous because you can’t be me!/I’m a gambler/I’ll take you by Surprise/You can’t stop me Now!” I’m sure that sums up Madonna’s whole career! Words to live by!

  2. Wasn’t a single in the U.S. but it was played on the radio and MTV quite a bit. Released to radio earlier here. Earlier 1985 but could not compete with Crazy for You and the next non U.S. single Into the Groove.

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