(I’ll Never Be) Maria Magdalena was written by Hubert Kemmler (aka Kubert Kah), Markus Löhr, Richard Palmer-James and Sandra’s then husband, Michael Cretu. It was her third single as a solo artist, but the first solo single to be released internationally. The song was released as the lead single from Sandra’s debut solo studio album “The Long Play” (11 November 1985). The single was released in March 1985 with “Party Games (instrumental)” on the B-side. “Maria Magdalena” became a major chart hit in Europe, reaching number one in many countries, incl. Germany (for four consecutive weeks between 13 September and 4 October 1985).
The simple performance music video was directed by Mike Leckebusch.
“Maria Magdalena” was re-released in a remixed version as a standalone single in 1993. The music video for the 1993 version was directed by British director Marcus Adams