(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena

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"(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena"
(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena.jpg
Cover of the original 1985 release
Single by Sandra
from the album The Long Play
B-side"Party Games"
ReleasedMarch 1985
Format7", 12", CD
GenreSynthpop, europop
Length3:58 (single version)
5:55 (album version)
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Michael Cretu, Hubert Kemmler, Markus Löhr, Richard Palmer-James
Producer(s)Michael Cretu
Sandra singles chronology
"Japan ist weit"
(1984)
"(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena"
(1985)
"In the Heat of the Night"
(1985)

"Johnny Wanna Live"
(1992)

"Maria Magdalena"
(1993)

"Nights in White Satin"
(1995)
Alternative cover
Cover of the 1993 re-release
Cover of the 1993 re-release
Music video
"(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" on YouTube

"(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena", also known simply as "Maria Magdalena", is a 1985 synthpop song performed by German singer Sandra. The song was a major chart hit in Europe, reaching no. 1 in multiple countries, and remains Sandra's signature tune.

History

The song was composed by Michael Cretu, Hubert Kemmler (known as Hubert Kah), and Markus Löhr. Cretu also arranged and produced the track. The lyrics were written by Richard Palmer-James and allude to the biblical figure Mary Magdalene, which was Kemmler's idea.[1] He also provided backing vocals on this recording and numerous Sandra's songs in the future.

The song was first released in March 1985 as the lead single from Sandra's debut album, The Long Play. It was her third single as a solo artist, but the first solo single to be released internationally. The song first became a big hit in Greece, where it topped the sales chart, and subsequently reached no. 1 on the official German charts for four consecutive weeks between 13 September and 4 October 1985. The single also peaked at no. 1 in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Finland. It was also a popular radio hit song in Brazil, the Middle East, Northern Africa and Eastern Europe.

The song was re-released in a remixed version as a standalone single in 1993, but was not commercially successful. Music website AllMusic retrospectively rated it 2.5 out of 5 stars.[2] In 1999, another remix of the song was released only in France as a promotional single in support of the compilation My Favourites. The track was remixed again for Sandra's 2006 compilation Reflections, and the original version was later sampled in the song "Kings & Queens" on the 2012 album Stay in Touch.

Music videos

A simple performance music video was filmed for the song in 1985, which presents Sandra accompanied by a bassist/backing vocalist, a percussionist, and a keyboardist. It was directed by Mike Leckebusch. The clip was released on Sandra's VHS video compilations Ten on One (The Singles) and 18 Greatest Hits, released in 1987 and 1992, respectively,[3][4] as well as the 2003 DVD The Complete History.[5]

The industrial style video for the 1993 version was directed by Marcus Adams, and was also released on The Complete History DVD.[5]

Formats and track listings

  • 7" single
A. "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" – 3:58
B. "Party Games" (Instrumental) – 3:25
A. "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" – 7:13
B. "Party Games" (instrumental) – 3:25
  • CD maxi single (1993)
  1. "Maria Magdalena" (Radio Edit) – 3:58
  2. "Maria Magdalena" (Clubmix) – 6:01
  3. "Maria Magdalena" (Original Version) – 3:58
  • 12" single (1993)
A. "Maria Magdalena" (Clubmix) – 6:01
B. "Maria Magdalena" (Vega Sicilia Mix) – 5:36
  • 12" single (1999)
A. "Maria Magdalena" (Original Version) – 3:58
B. "Maria Magdalena" (99 Remix) – 3:59

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification
France (SNEP)[34] Silver
Germany (BVMI)[35] Gold

Cover versions

References

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