Category: Vogue

Joni Mitchell photographed by Jack Robinson for Vogue, November 1968.

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Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1970.

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Cher photographed by Bob Willoughby for Vogue (1967)  

Mariah Carey photographed by Steven Meisel

for Vogue (December 1994)

Gia Carangi photographed by Stan Malinowsk for Vogue (October 1978)

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Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Evelyn Hofer for Vogue, 1985.

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Gia Carangi photographed by Stan Malinowski for Vogue (December 1979).

On this day in music history: May 19, 1990 – “Vogue” by Madonna hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on the same date. Written and produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone, it is the eighth chart topping single for the pop music superstar born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Collaborating with club DJ, remixer, and producer Shep Pettibone, Madonna decide to come up with a non-album B-side for the “Like A Prayer” albums’ fifth single “Keep It Together”. The singer is inspired by dancers she sees at the New York City club The Sound Factory doing a stylized dance called “voguing”. Originating in New York’s black and latino underground gay clubs and drag balls as early as the 1960’s, the dance takes its name from the fashion magazine “Vogue”. It is a series of “angular, rigid hand, arm, leg and body movements” designed to look like the person is posing like a model while they are moving. When Madonna lets Warner Bros. know of her original intent to the use the song as a B-side, their great enthusiasm for the track persuade her to release it an A-side instead. “Vogue” is also added to the album “I’m Breathless” which includes songs from the film “Dick Tracy” in which she plays the character Breathless Mahoney. The songs popularity is further heightened by a memorable and striking black and white video directed by David Fincher (“Fight Club”, “Se7en”), featuring several of the dancers Madonna originally sees performing the dance, becoming dancers on the “Blonde Ambition Tour” in 1990. Entering the Hot 100 at #39 on April 14, 1990, it leaps to the top of the chart five weeks later. In 2010, “Vogue” is featured in “The Power Of Madonna” episode of the television show “Glee”, when the song is used in a spoof of the music video performed by actress Jane Lynch. The same year, Madonna and co-writer/producer Shep Pettibone are sued by Salsoul Records, claiming that “Vogue” samples a portion of The Salsoul Orchestra’s disco classic “Love Break”. The court eventually settles the lawsuit in Madonna’s favor. As a result of the suit, Warner Bros stops publishing royalty payments to Pettibone, who sues WB Music and Warner/Chappell Music in April of 2017. The suit claims that he is owed more than $500,000 in back royalties. Finally in April of 2019, one month shy of twenty nine years after the song tops the pop chart, Shep Pettibone wins his lawsuit (on appeal) against Warner Music Group and its music publishing company Warner/Chappell. “Vogue” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Sammy Davis Jr. and May Britt photographed by Brian Duffy, 1960.

This photo by Duffy of Sammy Davis Jr. & his wife May Britt was taken in 1960 for Vogue. At the time, interracial marriage was banned in 31 US states before President Kennedy was elected and the laws were changed. May Britt converted to Judaism prior to her marriage.

Cher photo shoot for Vogue (October 1970)