When she returned to the States in 1980, she joined Gilroy's band as its drummer and later became lead singer.
Madonna formed several different bands of her own over the next few years, including Madonna & The Sky, The Millionaires and Emmy.
Madonna's mother, an x-ray technician and former dancer, was of French Canadian descent.
After their marriage in 1955, the couple moved to Pontiac, Michigan, to be close to Tony's job as a defense engineer.
In 1976, her hard work earned her the attentions of the University of Michigan, which offered her a full scholarship to their dance program.
In 1981, Madonna decided to go solo and hired manager Camille Barbone of Gotham Records to help her get her singing career on track.
Camille showed Madonna how to navigate the male-dominated world of the music business, and helped put together a studio band that accentuated the budding star's hip style.
"Holiday" also earned the singer an appearance on Dick Clark's , which hit No.
1 on the Billboard Chart and went platinum within a month.