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On this day in music history: May 11, 1985 - “Crazy For You” by Madonna hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, peaking at #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart on the same date, and #80 on the R&B singles chart on May 4, 1985. Written by John Bettis and Jon Lind, it is the second chart topping single for the pop music superstar from Rochester, MI. Songwriters Bettis (“Top Of The World, "Goodbye To Love”) and Lind (“Boogie Wonderland”, “Save The Best For Last”) are asked by Warner Bros film music executive Joel Sill if they write a song for a film being produced by Jon Peters and Peter Guber (“Batman”, “The Color Purple”) titled “Vision Quest” in early 1984. Producer Phil Ramone acts as the music supervisor for the film, and is responsible compiling the soundtrack album. Ramone hears “Crazy For You” and loves it immediately, knowing exactly who he wants to record the song. At the time, Madonna’s career is just beginning to take flight as her third single “Borderline” is climbing the charts. Known at the time only for her uptempo dance material, the songwriters are unsure of Madonna’s ability to sing a ballad. The track is produced by Madonna’s then boyfriend, club DJ and remixer John “Jellybean” Benitez. When Bettis and Lind attend the initial recording session for the song, they are disappointed at the outcome. Benitez brings in keyboardist and studio musician Rob Mounsey to write a new arrangement and they re-record the song. Everyone is pleased with the new version and it is included on the “Vision Quest” soundtrack album. Madonna also has a small role in the film as a night club singer, performing “Crazy For You” and “Gambler”. Released in February of 1985, as her second album “Like A Virgin” is riding high in the charts, the ballad is another major smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #55 on March 2, 1985, it climb to the top of the chart ten weeks later, unseating USA For Africa’s “We Are The World” from the top spot, after holding at number two for three weeks behind it. “Crazy” not only is Madonna’s second number one single in less than six months, it also helps broaden her audience and show another side of her musically that had not been previously seen. The single also earns Madonna a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1986. “Crazy For You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Full British GQ interview (Oct 2016 issue)

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Story by Dorian Lynskey. Photographs by Gavin Bond. Styling by David Thomas.

Outshining all earnings lists, commanding six-figure sums a show, and working with Rihanna and - yes - Taylor Swift, this year’s musical superman stands alone as the DJ king of EDM

Six years ago, Calvin Harris decided to start again. Three years into a moderately successful career, he was fed up with singing, touring, doing interviews and reading reviews that were invariably unkind: everything, really. “I was just pissed off,” he says now. “this frustration became unmanageable.” So he chose to sack it off and spend all his time in his Islington studio, making tracks and finally learning to DJ.

This, it has become abundantly clear, was the smartest decision of his life. Harris’ commitment to DJing led to a tour with Rihanna, which led to her recording his song “We Found Love”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks, which enabled him to sign an exclusive DJ deal with Wynn Las Vegas just as the EDM industry was going nuclear, which made him, in 2013, the world’s highest paid DJ. It’s safe to say that he is no longer pissed off.

“I got lucky in different ways,” he says evenly. “I wrote the right songs at the right time, I picked the right genre of music, I started DJing in the US at the right time. If I hadn’t made all of these reckless decisions, I wouldn’t have been put in that place. Every time I play in front of people I’m celebrating the fact I got out of that situation.”

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