On this day in music history: August 8, 1992 – “This Used To Be My Playground” by Madonna hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart on the same date. Written and produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone, it is the tenth chart topping single for the pop music icon born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. The song is written as the end theme for the Penny Marshall directed film “A League Of Their Own” which co-stars Madonna, Tom Hanks and Rosie O’Donnell. After she’s cast in the film, Marshall asks Madonna if she’ll write a song for the film, and she agrees to do so. Two days later, Madonna and Pettibone write “Playground” and play it for the director who loves the song and green lights it for inclusion in the film. The ballad is the first non-dance oriented track that Madonna and Pettibone write together. When they record the track, it is the first time that Pettibone works with live musicians in the studio. Veteran arranger Jeremy Lubbock (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand) is brought in to write the string arrangement for the song. In an ironic twist, when the soundtrack album for “A League Of Their Own” is released, “This Used To Be My Playground” is not included on it. Madonna’s label Warner Bros does not grant permission for the song to appear on the album due to licensing restrictions in her contract. The song first appears on an album on the Olympics compilation “Barcelona Gold” in 1992, and on the Madonna ballads compilation “Something To Remember” in 1995. Entering the Hot 100 at #35 on July 4, 1992, it streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later. “This Used To Be My Playground” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.