Happy Birthday, Madonna, From Those Who Knew You When!


Let us all celebrate Madonna‘s birthday (it’s today, as you surely know) by gazing upon this remarkable 1983 ad for what was undoubtedly an amazing weekend of entertainment in Ft. Lauderdale.

On Saturday: “That Jungle Jezebel” Divine. And on Sunday: “The Magical” Madonna.

The only way this could be any better is if they actually shared the stage and did a call-and-response rendition of “Barnacle Bill the Sailor.” Oh, to be a fly on the dressing-room wall of The Copa that weekend.

To help you imagine, here’s a remix of one of the numbers Divine performed that weekend, “Native Love”:

Oh, and we should probably post something Madonna-related too, since it’s her birthday and all. Here’s an MTV tribute from 1999, which coincidentally also featured a cast of drag queens.