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This week in Michigan history: 'Like a Virgin' tops charts

Bay City native Madonna’s song 'Like a Virgin' reached the top of the Billboard charts on Dec. 22, 1984 - and stayed there for six weeks.

Ironically, the song that made her career hadn’t been written for her or even for a female singer, according to 'The Billboard Book of Number One Hits.' Warner Brothers Records executive Michael Ostin happened to have a meeting with Madonna the night after he’d heard the song, and when he played it for her, the future pop icon grabbed the chance to make it hers.

The 55-year-old, who grew up in the same neighborhood where Bob Seger and his family lived, attended St. Frederick’s in Pontiac and St. Andrew’s and West Junior High in Rochester before graduating from Rochester’s Adams High School and studying ballet at the University of Michigan for a year. Her father was a Chrysler/General Dynamics engineer.

Before college, Madonna took dance with private instructor Christopher Flynn, who ran the Christopher Ballet in Rochester and took her to the Detroit gay dance club Menjo’s



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Dedicated to her mother, Madonna did a heartbreaking version on MDNA Tour. Deservedly one of her immortal hits. I love Like a Virgin. Madonna Forever!


Ahhhh, the days when M was relevant and made good music *sighs*

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