Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Pat and Madge: when the Queen of Soap met the Queen of Pop

(This post was originally posted by Martin Leay on the Coronation Street Blog in November 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

I made a fascinating discovery while watching an old ‘Top of the Pops’ recently.

It was a collection of the biggest pop hits from 1984 and featured the TOTP debut of Madonna with a brilliant performance of ‘Holiday’. Broadcast on 26 January 1984, it was Madonna’s first appearance on British TV.

The next evening, Madonna performed at the legendary Haçienda nightclub in Manchester. I knew that bit. In fact, I’ve mentioned it before in a blog about the ’açienda (still available here).

What I did not know is that Pat Phoenix was at the Haç that night and that she shared a dressing room with Madge!

Madonna’s Haçienda performance was broadcast live on Channel 4’s ‘The Tube’. Check out ‘Holiday’ below - it’s GREAT:

Pat Phoenix and Tony Booth were interviewed during the programme. 

In his autobiography, Jools Holland recalls that Tony was “drinking at the time so he was a bit wild, a full-on sort of character, but Pat was charming, a very beautiful and elegant woman.” He goes on to describe how “on the way in, she took time to sign lots of autographs.” A class act!

I can’t believe that Elsie Tanner and Tony Blair’s future father-in-law partied the night away with Madonna. Imagine being a fly on the wall in that dressing room as two worlds collided - Elsie Tanner, the undisputed Queen of Soap; and Madonna Ciccone, the aspiring Queen of Pop.  

I wonder if Corrie’s tart with a heart shared some words of wisdom with the future icon of sexual freedom and expression? Ah, now there’s a question. And here’s another - was anyone at the Haçienda that night? I’d love to know in the comments below.

By Martin Leay, on Twitter @mpleay

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