Classic Hit Academy - Father’s Day –"Papa Don't Preach" - Madonna

During the autumn of 1985, Madonna started writing and recording songs for her third studio album, True Blue.

This song was written by Brian Elliot, who described it as “a love song, maybe framed a little bit differently”.

Apparently the song is based on teen gossip that Elliot overheard outside his recording studio window. The large window worked as a huge mirror for the High School across the street who regularly stopped to fix their hair and chat.

It was Madonna’s fourth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, also reaching the top position in the United Kingdom and Australia.


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