- Gambler (Madonna song)
Name = Gambler
Artist = Madonna
from Album =
B-side = "Nature of the Beach" (
Black 'N Blue)
October 3, 1985(Europe) October 21, 1985(Japan)
Format = 12", CD, 7"
Genre = Pop
Length = 3:55
Writer = Madonna
Label = Geffen, Warner Bros., CBS
John "Jellybean" Benitez
Last single = "
Dress You Up" ( 1985)
This single = "Gambler" (
Next single = "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
It was not released in the United States but was in other parts of the world, notably in the United Kingdom, where it was a top 5 hit. The single was the last to date of Madonna's commercially available songs whose songwriting was credited solely to Madonna until the release of
I'm Going To Tell You A Secret, which included the original version of I Love New York, also written by Madonna alone. The majority of songs from her subsequent career have been co-written by Madonna and other artists.
As the song was recorded on the Geffen label, it was rumored in the music press that a commercial issuing of the single in the US was suppressed at the request of Madonna's Sire records management. It was feared that commercial availability of yet another single by Madonna would have been detrimental to the other singles from the "
Like a Virgin" album and the already available, Geffen-distributed "Crazy for You", all of which were performing well in the Billboard charts. Whether the song could have been another US Top 5 hit for the singer in 1985 will remain unknown, though in some other markets "Gambler" was Madonna's sixth consecutive Top ten hit in the space of just eleven months. At one stage, this was one of four of Madonna's singles simultaneously in the Australian top 40, showing the singer's incredible international appeal at the time.
The video for "Gambler" is similar to "Crazy for You", with Madonna singing the song along with clips culled from the film "
Vision Quest". Madonna filmed her performance on November 22, 1983at the Big Foot Tavern in Spokane, Washington.
*Director: Harold Becker
*Producers: Peter Guber, Jon Peters
*Director of Photography: Owen Roizman
*Editor: Maury Winetrobe
*Production Company: Geffen Pictures
Later in the year, another "Gambler" video was released from a live performance of
The Virgin Tour.
The UK 12" single (1985 Geffen Records UK #TA 6585) contained the Extended Dance Mix, Instrumental Remix and the song "Nature of the Beach" by Black n' Blue. The 7" single (Geffen 42005 - 1985) had the original version and "Nature of the Beach" by Black n' Blue.
"Gambler" remains the only of Madonna's released solo singles never to have been made available on any of her albums. It also remains virtually unavailable on
CD. The only release which has the original track in digital format is the "La Isla Bonita - Super Mix" Japanese release. The Extended dance Mix and Instrumental version remain unreleased on any digital format, the only way to hear these alternative tracks is on the 12" vinyl single.
#Album Version 3:55
#Extended Dance Mix 5:34
#Instrumental Remix 3:55
#Video Edit 3:33
* Writer(s) Madonna
* Mastered by
John Kalodner: John Kalodner
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