Today in Madonna History: February 15, 1984

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On February 15 1984, Madonna’s Borderline single was released. Borderline was the fifth single to be released from her self-titled debut album.  It was written and composed by producer Reggie Lucas, and remixed by Madonna’s then boyfriend John “Jellybean” Benitez.

In the United States, the song became Madonna’s first top ten hit when it reached position ten on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 16, 1984.

Today in Madonna History: October 3, 1985

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On October 3 1985, Madonna’s second single from the motion picture “Vision Quest“, “Gambler” was released by Geffen Records in select markets.

Gambler” was entirely self-written by Madonna and produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez.

Gambler” was never released in the United States, but it went to #4 in the UK.  The single also reached the top-ten in the charts of Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Ireland, Netherlands and Norway.

The music video for the song is an excerpt from the film.

Madonna has performed the song only once, on her “Virgin Tour” in 1985.

Alex Henderson from Allmusic called the song “an ultra-infectious gem that, unfortunately, isn’t on any of the Material Girl’s CDs” and felt that “Gambler” should have been a big hit.  

Would you like to see Madonna perform “Gambler” on a future concert tour?

Today in Madonna History: August 8, 1984

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On August 8 1984, Madonna’s “Lucky Star” was released.  “Lucky Star” became Madonna’s first U.S. top five hit (No. 4), and the first in a string of 17 consecutive U.S. top fives. The video, directed by Arthur Pierson, was a stark performance piece bringing together her brother Christopher Ciccone and Erica Bell as backup dancers. The clip was filled with black rubber jelly bracelets, lace and a certain gyrating belly button.

Lucky Star” was written by Madonna and produced by Reggie Lucas and Jellybean Benitez.