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On June 30, 1986, Madonna released her third studio album True Blue. Madonna cowrote and coproduced the entire album with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard, who also played drums with her on the record along with Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett (pictured above).

Many posit that True Blue was the album that launched Madonna to superstardom, and indeed the record earned the pop singer a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, where she was given the title of most successful singer for 1986. True Blue was also the world’s top-selling album of that year and the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist.

True to its ’80s roots, in addition to acoustic drums the album features plenty of electronic drum programming, drum synths, and keyboard, along with some Cuban and Latin percussion on songs like “La Isla Bonita” and “Love Makes The World Go Round.”

Take a trip down ’80s memory lane with the following songs.

“True Blue”

Stephen Bray produced and drummed on this track.


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“Live To Tell”

With Patrick Leonard on drums.

“Papa Don’t Preach”

Stephen Bray on drums.

“La Isla Bonita”

With Patrick Leonard doing the drum programming, Jonathan Moffett on drums, and Paulinho da Costa on percussion.

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