Thursday, April 2, 2015


Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan on August 16, 1958.   Pacentro, Italy immigrants Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone and Madonna Louise Fortin produced six children named Anthony, Martin, Madonna, Paula, Christopher and Melanie.  The Ciccone Family didn't stay in Bay City, Michigan long.  The Ciccone Family relocated to the suburbs of Detroit first to Pontiac and later to Avon Township (Later to be renamed Rochester Hills).  Madonna was only five years old when her Mother Madonna Louise Fortin Ciccone died of breast cancer leaving the Madonna Louise Ciccone Jr. to go through life without her.  Madonna was eight years old when the Ciccone Family housekeeper Joan Gustafson became Tony Ciccone's second wife and produced two more children named Jennifer and Mario (There is now eight children in the Ciccone Family).  Education for the devout Catholic Madonna Louise Ciccone Jr. took the form of St. Frederick's, St. Andrew's Catholic Elementary Schools, and West Middle School.  Unconventional behavior didn't prevent Madonna from getting high grades and when attending Rochester Adams High School, her popularity landed her a spot on the cheerleader squad.  The study of dance lead Madonna to study ballet at the  University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.  She dropped out of college after only two years and relocated to New York City, New York in a quest to become a rich and famous rock star instead.
Employment in New York City, New York in 1978 was a mixture of modern dance troupes and working minimum wage at Dunkin' Donuts .  Life became better the next year in 1979 when a rock star named Patrick Hernández needed her services as a backup singer.  She fell in love with Dan Gilroy and together with his brother Ed Gilroy along with Angie Smit formed a rock band called the Breakfast Club (Nothing to do with the film).  Madonna was the original lead singer for the group, but no album recordings of that early version of the group has been released commercially.  The first version of the Breakfast Club fell apart between 1980 to 1981 leading to Madonna and Angie Smit leaving the Breakfast Club to be replaced by Stephan Bray,  Gary Burke and Paul Kauk.  Having either dumped Madonna or been dumped by Madonna, Dan Gilroy took over lead vocals for the Breakfast Club and released only one album with the second incarnation of the group on 1987, released a one hit wonder single entitled Right on Track before breaking up in 1990 and never reuniting ever again.
Madonna formed a second rock band called Emmy, but that group quickly fell apart.  Madonna finally landed a recording contract as a solo performer and released her debut album in 1983.  She married actor Sean Penn in 1985 between her second album released in 1984 and her third album released in 1986.  Though lawfully wedded bliss was brief because the marriage ended in divorce around the same time she released her fourth album in 1989.  No stranger to controversy, her music videos were often attacked by conservatives.  Her music video to the song Like a Prayer, the title track to the Like a Prayer album devastated an endorsement deal with Pepsi cola.  An album full of brand new and original 1920's to 1940's era swing jazz tunes and a greatest hits album both was released on 1990.  By 1992, she was an established actress starring in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985, Shanghai Surprise with her then spouse Sean Penn in 1986 and Who's that Girl in 1987 as well as playing the villain in Dick Tracy as well as recording songs for the soundtrack in 1990.  By 1992, Madonna was also CEO of her own record label Maverick Records in association with Warner Brothers.  1992 was also the year that Madonna continued her acting career with a supporting role in the film A League of the Own.  She released Erotica on 1992.  Madonna fell in love with, but never married, her fitness trainer Carlos Leon before releasing her album Bedtime Stories in 1994 and while releasing her album Something to Remember in 1995.  Her film role as Evita Perón---Wife of Argentina dictator Juan Perón in the musical film Evita was released on the same year that she gave birth to her daughter Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon on October 14, 1996.  Her romance to Carlos Leon ended the next year after the birth of their daughter.  Her album Ray of Light was released the very next year in 1998.  Madonna starred in the film The Next Best Thing and released her album Music both on the year 2000.  The year 2000 was also the year that Madonna gained duel citizenship in both England and the United States of America when she married British film director Guy Ritchie.  Her son  Rocco John Ritchie was born on August 11, 2000 and married the father of her son in December 2000---A day after Rocco was christened.  Both the Christening and the wedding took place in Scotland.
2003 saw the release of her album American Life as well as the publication of children books authored by Madonna.  Her record label went out of business the next year with Warner buying her out in 2004.  Despite losing her private record label Maverick to Warner Brothers, Madonna was still under contract to release albums only under the Warner Brothers label.  Her album Confessions on a Dance Floor while the chaos of losing her recording contract was spinning around her in 2005.  Her album Hard Candy was released in April 2008.  On May 2008, Madonna traveled to the African country of Malawi to adopt an orphan from the local Malawian orphanage David Banda.  At first, it looked as if the adoption wasn't going to proceed because Madonna needed to live in Malawi for a year and she was only there for a few days when she chose to adopt.  But since Malawi laws were never written down, she got the adoption approved after a protracted courtroom battle in the Malawi legal system.  Madonna gained a son through adoption, but lost a spouse when Guy Richie divorced her in December 2008.  June 12, 2009 saw Madonna adopt another orphan from the orphanages of the African country of Malawi.  This time the adopted African orphan was Mercy James.  September 2009 saw the end of Madonna's contract obligation to Warner Brothers with the release of her greatest hits collection Celebration.  Her album MDNA was released through Interscope Records on 2012.  Her second Interscope Records release entitled Rebel Heart was released on 2015.  Madonna continues to record music and tour to support her music to this exact moment of time.

 Bryan Lourd and Madonna

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and Madonna



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