Today in Madonna History: May 6, 1998

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On May 6 1998, Ray of Light was released by Maverick Records. The title track from her seventh studio album was issued internationally as the album’s second single.

Ray Of Light is based on a track called Sepheryn by Curtiss Maldoon, and was included on their 1971 self-titled album. In 1996, Christine Leach, Maldoon’s niece, recorded her version of the track with William Orbit. Leach said she had always loved Dave Curtiss and Clive Maldoon’s work and noted that Sepheryn had a dream-like quality. Leach revised the chorus melody while Orbit provided new music for the song. After Madonna heard Leach’s version of the track, she immediately took to it and began reworking its lyrics.

Maldoon said he “couldn’t believe it” after he heard it, and was pleased with what Madonna had done with his original composition. Madonna said about the song: “It’s totally out of control. The original version is well over 10 minutes long. It was completely indulgent, but I loved it. It was heartbreaking to cut it down to a manageable length.”

Madonna’s original unedited version was set to be included on a remix album titled Veronica Electronica that was initially discussed as a follow-up to Ray Of Light, but plans for the collection apparently never made it past the drawing board.

3 responses

  1. The extended mix of that song that you could get on the CD single was a total aural orgasm. I couldn’t BELIEVE how good it was when it came out. I was beside myself.

  2. I Was beside myself when I First heard Ray of Light also. In this Detroit Rock City anthem, Madonna is happy for her audience but also extremely sad and distraught over her mother’s death and the two loves that got away from her-Sean and Guy are their Names. Anyway, Ray of Light is a testament to Madonna’s brilliance, strength and fortitude! I will always love Ray of Light-and Madonna herself! Cheers Maddy!

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