They are instantly recognizable, the music and albums that have shaped popular culture for generations. ICON explores the inside story of the most memorable albums that you know and love – with those that were there.

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Your host Paul Doty talks to DONNA DE LORY about Madonna’s “Immaculate Collection.” Donna, daughter of legendary session musician Al De Lory, was a back-up singer on this iconic album which was ranked #1 by Blender magazine as one of the greatest albums of all time. Released in November of 1990, it was Madonna’s second album to be ranked “Diamond” by the RCIA and has sold 30 million copies worldwide. Rolling Stone also listed it as one of their greatest albums of all time in 2003.

Daughter of legendary session musician Al De Lory, Donna grew up in L.A. with an impressive musical pedigree. “My granddad was a musician in the Warner Brother’s Studio Orchestra,” she says. “He worked on films like Casablanca and Gone With the Wind. And my dad was in Phil Spector’s band,” she said. De Lory has lent her glorious voice to everything from advertising jingles to albums by Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Selena and Belinda Carlisle. In 1987 she became a part of Madonna’s touring ensemble, dancing and singing backup vocals on the now legendary Who’s That Girl, Blonde Ambition, Drowned World, Girlie Show and Confessions tours, also appearing in director Alek Keshishian‘s Madonna Documentary Truth or Dare. In 1993 De Lory made her debut as a solo artist with a self-titled album on MCA/Universal Records, hitting #1 in Japan with the single “Praying for Love” and landing in the US top 10 dance chart with “Just a Dream.”

Donna has put all that aside to sing sacred mantras and lyrics of consciousness. Her latest CD “The Unchanging” boasts a stellar cast of A-list musical talent, including mixmaster Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Elvis Costello), bassist Tony Levin (Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon) drummer Jerry Marotta (Gabriel, Costello, Paul McCartney) guitarist Jerry Leonard (David Bowie), drummer Dave Allen (Michelle Branch) and longtime De Lory collaborator, keyboardist, film composer and electronic music producer Mac Quayle. The lavish production also weaves in the mantra musicianship of bhakti stalwarts like tabla master Girish, bansuri flute virtuoso Manose and bassist Mark Gorman.

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