1989 Debbie Gibson – No More Rhyme
Debbie Gibson was born on Long Island (New York) in 1970. When she was only 13, she recorded a song she had written and won $1,000 in a contest supported by WOR. After that early success, a relative loaned her family $10,000 so they could convert their garage into a recording studio.
After three years of writing, producing, and recording her own music, Debbie created a demo tape of the song Only In My Dreams. The demo led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records. She began a series of club dates around the country.
Atlantic released a final version of Only In My Dreams and the single reached #4 on the Hot 100 in 1987. It took her only four weeks to write, produce, and record her first album. Fred Zan assisted her with the production. Two more top-five singles and a chart-topping single (Foolish Beat) came from that album by the end of 1987. Debbie still holds the record as the youngest musician to write, record, and produce a #1 single on the Hot 100.
Meanwhile, I bought my daughter tickets so she and her mother could attend a Debbie Gibson concert.
Debbie’s second album did not fare as well, but the lead single (Lost In Your Eyes) gave her a second #1 hit. The next single from Electric Youth, the title track, reached #11.
The third single from the album, No More Rhyme, reached #17 in 1989.
By the end of 1989, it appeared that Debbie’s career had run its course. She never reached the Hot 100 again, but continued doing public appearances and recording new music. She also began appearing in a few movies.
Out of the blue, in 2019, Debbie recorded her first album of all new songs since 1989. The single Girl’s Night Out did not initially chart, but a remix by Tracy Young reached the US Dance chart in 2020 and eventually peaked at #4.
Debbie included the single on an album that also contained a duet with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block. Small world.
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