Madonna covered "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" for her second studio album, Like a Virgin, in 1984. It was originally given a single release in March 1986 as a 7" vinyl in Japan only and was given a full release in 1996 as it was included on the 1995 ballads hits compilation Something to Remember. The idea to cover the song was actually Michael Ostin's, the head of the A&R department of Warner Bros. Records. In author Warren Zanes book Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records, the First 50 Years, he recalled: "I had the good fortune of finding material that Madonna really responded to, 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore' for instance, which was the old Rose Royce record. I was driving into work one day and heard it on the radio, I called producer Nile Rodgers and Madonna, they were in the studio. I said, 'I have an idea,. You know the old Rose Royce record, 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore'? Why don't you try and record a version of it for Like a Virgin?"
Initially both Rodgers and Madonna were apprehensive of tackling an already well-known ballad, but in the last minute they decided that if Madonna wanted to bring diversity to the album, there could be no better song than "Love Don't Live Here Anymore". According to Rodgers, although Like a Virgin was mainly driven by Madonna, he was instrumental in adding "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" to the track list. The song was a favorite of Madonna, so when in 1995 she released the compilation, she included a remixed and reworked version of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" produced by David Reitzas. The version was released as the second single from the album in North America and the third single in Europe and Australia. The original 1986 release was included in the 1996 Japanese box set CD Single Collection on 3" CD single and includes the tracklisting from the 7" vinyl version.
The song features Madonna's vocals supported by acoustic guitars and synth strings, with Thompson playing the drum in the second verse. Towards the end, Madonna emotes in the voice of a soul singer.
|Filmed||March 4, 1996|
|Location||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|VEVO views||1+ Million Views|