Tuesday, September 9, 2014

For the Record...La Isla Bonita


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Hot 100 Chart Peak: 4

Surely one of Madonna’s most timeless tracks is “La Isla Bonita,” the gentle, dreamy recollection of utopian San Pedro. As a romance, it’s touching, and as a personal reflection, it’s beautiful.

The Spanish-flavored track seems to be a favorite of Madonna's, as it has been included on the setlists of many of her concert tours. She also performed it at the 2007 Live Earth benefit show in London. "La Isla Bonita" was the fifth and final single from her "True Blue" album, and the cut reached No. 4 on the Hot 100.

"La Isla Bonita" was released in February 1987 as the fifth single from True Blue. It was the first of Madonna's top 10 singles to incorporate a Latin feel. The song was first offered to Michael Jackson. Madonna worked with Patrick Leonard to re-write some of the lyrics and "La Isla Bonita" became another top 5 pop hit. The accompanying video included an appearance by actor Benicio del Toro.