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Photo: Roxana Marroquin

Photo: Roxana Marroquin

All eyes will be on Madonna when the iconic pop singer starts her six-show run at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday 28. But it was a different story when the Material Girl made her New York club debut in the early ’80s as a coat-check girl at the seminal Chelsea disco Danceteria at 30 West 21st Street. With an eye for self-promotion even then, the canny 23-year-old cornered house DJ (and future lover) Mark Kamins with a demo tape of her first single, “Everybody.” Its infectious synth-pop hooks and dance-floor call to “get up and do your thing” wowed clubgoers, as well as Sire Records A&R man Michael Rosenblatt, whom Kamins had invited. Sire signed the charismatic singer and “Everybody” was released in October 1982, becoming a favorite among New York DJs. Danceteria shuttered in 1986 after the departure of nightlife impresario Rudolf Piper (it’s now a nondescript office building), but the club’s role in Madonna’s meteoric rise was cemented on film in both the “Everybody” video and Desperately Seeking Susan.—Dan Avery

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