Now, you may’ve heard the adage, “one man’s leftovers is another man’s treasure.” Well, that was certainly the case for today’s story. You see, in 1985, writer and producer Patrick Leonard- who went on to write hits for Peter Cetera and Jewel- was asked to compose the theme for a Paramount movie called “Fire With Fire.” At the time, Patrick was the musical director for Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” tour, and the singer had agreed to write lyrics to Patrick’s music. But executives at Paramount didn’t like Patrick’s work and found someone else to score the film. Well, Patrick told Madonna about the situation, and she liked the theme he’d composed and felt it would be great for a movie that was being made by her husband-at-the time, Sean Penn. So Madonna quickly wrote words for it, sang the song in one take, and took a tape over to Sean. Later, the actor called Patrick saying he loved the track and wanted to use it in his film, “At Close Range.” Not only that, the director of that movie let Patrick Leonard score the rest of the film too. Now, when it was time to make a record of the song Patrick and Madonna had written, Patrick kept her one-take rough vocal and just changed the music around it. The result was a #1 hit for Madonna. Not bad for a piece of music that was rejected by a major studio. It’s Madonna’s ‘Live To Tell’…today’s Mark and Kristin’s Behind the Song on KOST 103.5!
Live To Tell - Madonna