THROWBACK THURSDAY: BABY LOVE BY REGINA.....NOT MADONNA.
In 1986 Madonna was still relatively new and anything she touched was a phenomenon, period. She was having hit after hit and you never knew where they were coming from. She had albums, soundtracks and songs flying out of her butt left and right. Then, suddenly, on the radio was a song that everyone thought was Madonna.....but it wasn't. Regina was a Brooklyn-born singer who had actually been in the business for a while, but never had a successful chart song. Baby Love was written in part by frequent Madonna collaborator (and ex-boyfriend) Stephen Bray (who co-wrote several major Madonna hits and album tracks in the 80s) with Regina and was intended for Madonna, but when Madge turned it down Regina decided to record it herself. Not hurt by her vocal similarity to Madonna, I'm sure, Baby Love was hit, reaching #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Dance Club Chart in the Spring of '86. Regina never had another mainstream hit, but Baby Love is definitely a sugary little number that still evokes the very best of 80s pop. So here is Baby Love by Regina......not Madonna. They REALLY sound alike though.