Believe it or not, there was a time when Madonna was unknown, but on Jan. 14, 1984 the 25-year-old fledgling megastar gained mainstream exposure when she appeared on American Bandstand. She kissed Dick Clark's ring and lip-synched her song Holiday, which had entered Billboard's Top-40 a month earlier - her first single to do so. Although it's now a classic, it wasn't one of her more successful singles as it peaked at only #16. However, thirty-seven top-10 hits would follow (twelve of which went to #1). When Clark asked Madonna what her plans were for the future her very prescient reply was "to rule the world". To view this 5-minute clip, double click here.
I bought my first Madonna single, Everybody, a year earlier in January 1983, one of her few not to crack the top-40. (I also remember hearing her being interviewed on the radio back then.) And during the spring of 1984 I bought a 12-inch version of Burning Up, a song that wasn't released as a single but was popular in gay clubs. For some reason I never got around to buying her first album.