Regina – Baby Love (1986)

Regina had this hit back in 1986.

This is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago. On the radio, on our website and in our app.

There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different?  When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory and more of the music that keeps you movin?  We’re it.

See, we’re all about the classics too… Classic R&B and dance of the ’60s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more.   For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.

Back when this song was released, people would say “that sounds like Madonna”.  There’s a reason why.  The song was written by songwriter extraordinaire Stephen Bray who wrote a ton of songs for Madonna including Into The Groove, Express Yourself and more.

Bray met Madonna before her fame when she was attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for dance. He moved to New York after receiving a call from Madonna two years later; at that time she was a member of the band Breakfast Club in New York City. They’d have their own hit after she left the band in 1987 with the Bray penned Right On Track. Bray would go on to write hits for The Jets, E.G. Daily, Kylie Minogue and more.

The song was actually written for Madonna but she turned it down. Enter Regina. Regina Richards, a Brooklyn native signed to Atlantic Records would take the song top ten on the pop charts and number one on the dance charts that year.

Little known tidbit: The first released version of the song was by Dutch girl group The Star Sisters, who released it on their 1985 album Danger.

In 1991, Dannii Minogue did a cover version of the song which had a remix by U.S. Dance Music Hall of Fame alum and Chicago native Steve “Silk” Hurley.