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September 3, 2017

Madonna's Debut: Amazing Pictures From Her First Ever Live Performance at Uncle Sam’s Blues in Long Island, NYC, 1981

In the early 1980s, George Dubose was contacted by artist manager Camille Barbone to take photos of a young female singer named Madonna Louise Ciccone. The shoot took place at a small venue called Uncle Sam’s Blues, in Long Island. It was Madonna’s first show as a front woman, for a band called The Breakfast Club. Dubose’s photos captured the young singer—and her only, at the request of Barbone—in various outfits and poses, hinting at what would become her trademarks.

Halfway through the performance Dubose noticed Madonna seemed nervous. In between set changes he went into the dressing room to give her some words of encouragement but Barbone overheard the conversation and decided to kick the photographer out. The photos Dubose took that night were never paid for nor used by Barbone, and wouldn’t appear until decades later.

(Images © George Dubose)


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