Archive for category 26. Dear Jessie

Dear Jessie

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on December 10, 1989

Found in:
Like a prayer (1989)

Live performances on Tour:


Billboard Hot 100

UK Singles
Debut date: December 16, 1989
Peak date: December 30, 1989-January 13, 1990
Peak: #5 (3 weeks)
Certification: SILVER
Final week on chart: February 10, 1990
Chart run: 9-7-5-5-5-16-28-42-50-off (9 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #51
Austria: #21Eurochart Hot 100: #9
Germany: #19
Japan: #25
Ireland: #3
Netherlands: #25
Spain: #17
Switzerland: #16

Worldwide Sales: 350,000

“Dear Jessie” is Madonna’s 26th overall single and was released to some European territories, as well as Australia and Japan. It was not released in the USA. It’s the fifth single from “Like a prayer” and even though it was a small release, it’s also a brave choice for a single, as it sounds more like a lullaby than a conventional pop song, but as mellow as it may sound, “Dear Jessie” has fierce string arrangements, trumpets, unexpected changes in tempo and psychodelic  synthesizers, not common in a regular pop tune. The video for the song, combines live action and animation, but does not feature Madonna in it, making it her only video where she doesn’t appear on screen.

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