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One of Madonna's biggest hits - the 1990 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 dance anthem 'Vogue' - had surprisingly humble beginnings. 'The whole thing was done on a shoestring budget,' says Shep Pettibone, the track's co-writer and producer.

Allotted just $5,000 by Warner Bros. Records to create what was initially slated as a B-side, he finished the song in three weeks, recording the then-31-year-old pop star's vocals in a 'basement on West 56th Street' in New York, where, he says, a closet had been converted into a vocal booth.

Released as an A-side, 'Vogue' topped the Hot 100 on May 19, 1990. Madonna and Pettibone also collaborated on the singer's 1992 No. 1 ballad, 'This Used to Be My Playground,' but Pettibone left the music business in the late '90s and now owns The Empress Hotel and Paradise Nightclub in Asbury Park, N.J.

From Billboard.com


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Still one of M's best songs ever, and certainly one of the most enduring in terms of airplay and popularity across all generations!

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