THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………………on December 22nd of 1984 “Like a Virgin” by Madonna sits at #1 on Billboard. This was Madonna’s first #1 hit in the US. It stayed there for six weeks. The songwriting team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg wrote this. Other songs they have written include “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles, “So Emotional” by Whitney Houston, “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper, and “Alone” by Heart. All were #1 hits in the US featuring female vocalists. Steinberg considers this their most famous song. The song’s writers, Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, were a recording duo called I-Ten when they wrote this song. They released one album, Taking a Cold Look, which came out in 1983. Steinberg told us how he and Kelly got together: “When we were writing songs like ‘Like a Virgin’ and ‘True Colors,’ Tom lived in Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley and he made a living primarily as a background singer, he was a session singer. He had been in a rock band called Fool’s Gold. There were a couple of guys in LA – Richard Page, who later formed the group Mr. Mister, and Bill Champlin from The Sons of Champlin. Tom, Bill and Richard were sort of the guys that producers called when they needed background vocals. We met at a party at producer Keith Olsen’s house. Keith Olsen had already proved to be a successful matchmaker. If I’m not mistaken, he introduced Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to Fleetwood Mac. He produced the first Fleetwood Mac record that included Stevie and Lindsey. It was August of 1981 that we met at a party at Keith Olsen’s house.” Madonna didn’t write the song (which has nothing to do with the Virgin Mary), and her stage moniker is simply part of her birth name (Madonna Louise Ciccone), but she often wore a cross and questioned her Catholic upbringing, later converting to Kabbalah. The song reached #3 in the UK.