Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson


8/31/1970, Brooklyn, New York, United States

Birth Name

Deborah Ann Gibson



Also Known As

Deborah Gibson, Deb Gibson
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Debbie Gibson is a well-known pop singer from the 1980's. She is probably best known for her song "Foolish Beat," which made her the youngest girl to have a top song. Although she doesn't create any new CDs, she still appears in the public to do additional work;…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Debbie owns a camp called "Deborah's Camp Electric Youth." It opened in July 2008 for its first four-week session. It is a summer day camp that will teach young performers (ages 7-17) voice lessons and songwriting.

    • Electric Youth: The Musical opened at the Starlight Theater in Orlando, Florida in May, 2007. The musical featured fourteen of Debbie's hit songs.

    • Debbie added a song from her unfinished musical (Sex) to her studio album titled Colored Lights.

    • Debbie is the composer and lyric author for Skirts, a musical. She had been working on it since her early twenties.

    • Though the book is long out of print, Debbie has one authorized biography: Between the Lines. The title came from an unreleased song from her first album Out of the Blue.

    • Debbie was the co-host of the 1989 American Music Awards.

    • Debbie and Jimmy Van Patten worked together to create the musical: The Flunky. Jimmy Van Patten wrote it, Debbie wrote the music, and the lyrics were by both Debbie and Jimmy Van Patten.

    • Debbie has only three commercially released music-related videos: "Out of the Blue," "Live in Concert -- The Out of the Blue Tour," and "Live Around the World."

    • Debbie's song "Red Hot" was played briefly during a scene in Whoopi Goldberg's movie Fatal Beauty (1987).

    • It was rumored that Debbie would end up replacing Paula Abdul as a judge for American Idol. The rumor was later proved to be inaccurate.

    • Awards:

      1. Debut Album of the Year awarded to Out of the Blue at 1989 New York Music Awards.
      2. Debut Artist of the Year at 1989 New York Music Awards.
      3. Rock Producer of the Year at 1990 American Songwriter Awards.
      4. Artist of the Year at 1990 New York Music Awards.
      5. Song of the Year awarded to Lost in Your Eyes at 1990 New York Music Awards.
      6. Best Pop Female Vocalist at 1990 New York Music Awards.

    • Debbie created two record labels: Espiritu (Deborah) and Golden Egg (M.Y.O.B.).

    • Debbie dated actor Brian Bloom (The New Hollywood Squares), actor Chris Bruno, and Lorenzo Lamas (The Bold and the Beautiful).

    • In 1988, Debbie graduated with honors from Calhoun High School in Merrick, Long Island.

    • Debbie is friends with Ricki Lake (who does numerous small roles in shows and movies such as Hair Spray) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch).

    • Debbie has always preferred being called Deborah over Debbie. Ever since her sixth album Deborah was released, she has only gone by the name Deborah Gibson.

    • In 2007, Debbie Gibson and Frank Avalon hosted Dick Clark's 50th Anniversary of American Bandstand.

    • Debbie wrote a letter of protest to The New York Times about Madonna's book, Sex. The letter never made it to print.

    • Debbie's albums Anything is Possible and Think with Your Heart contain bonus tracks in their Japanese release.

    • Debbie's mother, Diane, managed Debbie's career since the very beginning. She was nicknamed "Momager."

    • Debbie and Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block) released a single together called "Say Goodbye" that made it to #35 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. A few weeks prior to that, it made #24. It was her first appearance on the charts in a little over 13 years.

    • Debbie was the subject of the song "Make Believe" written by David Lovering of The Pixies. She was also the subject of a song called "Debbie Gibson is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child" by Mojo Nixon. A Finnish rap band, Raptori, composed a song about her called "Debi Gibson."

    • Debbie appeared in Coffee Date (2005) and Celeste in the City (2004). She also appeared in My Girlfriend's Boyfriend and My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception. Uncredited appearances include the 1986 movies of Sweet Liberty and the 1984 movie Ghostbusters where she was an extra sitting at a table in Tavern on the Green.

    • Debbie was set to star in her own series, called Maggie Bloom, but it was never produced.

    • Debbie used to drive a mini Cooper.

    • Debbie was the former spokesperson for the Leadsinger Karaoke microphone.

    • Billy Joel and Elton John are two of Debbie's favorite music artists and inspirations.

    • Debbie was on the hit list of Robert John Bardo - a celebrity killer who only succeeded in killing Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989.

    • One of Debbie's favorite pasttimes is yoga.

    • Growing up, Debbie's dream car was a 1957 Ford Fairlane. She ended up buying it shortly after her singing success. The car was later used as a prize for a radio contest.

    • Debbie was a cheerleader in high school.

    • Debbie lost the respect of most people when she posed for Playboy in the 2005 March magazine themed Sex and Music.

    • Debbie's natural hair color is brown, though she is well-known for it being blonde.

    • Debbie is 5' 6" tall.

    • Debbie's duet with Craig McLachlan ("You're the One I Want") reached #13 on the UK charts in 1993.

    • Debbie performed on Broadway in 1992 playing Eponine in Les Miserables. She first tred out for the role at age 15, but was turned down because of her young age. She then played Sandy in the London production of Grease. This show was sold out and broke the box office records. Debbie also starred in Funny Girl, Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cinderella, Chicago, and Cabaret.

    • Debbie created Electric Youth eaux de parfum under Revlon as well as other makeup essentials for young girls through Natural Wonder Cosmetics. In the late 80s she was the spokesmodel for them.

    • Debbie shared the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award 1989 with Bruce Springsteen.

    • "Electric Youth" spent 5 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 100. "Lost in Your Eyes" held the #1 spot for 3 weeks.

    • "Only in My Dreams," "Out of the Blue," "Shake Your Love," and "Foolish Beat" from her first record (Out of the Blue) reached the Top 5 in the Billboard Top 100.

    • Debbie's first record Out of the Blue was recorded in just 4 weeks.

    • Debbie's first record label was Atlantic Records.

    • Debbie can play the piano, flute, guitar, and ukulele. She can also program synthesizers and drum machines.

    • At the age of 8, Debbie sang is the children's chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

    • When Debbie was little, she and her sisters performed in a community theatre.

    • Debbie wrote her first song at the age of 5 titled "Make Sure You Know Your Classroom."

    • Debbie grew up in the Long Island suburb of Merrick, New York.

    • Debbie appeared on the cover of teen magazines such as Tiger Beat multiple times.

    • At the age of 17, Debbie was the youngest person to write, produce, and perform a Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit single in the United States with her song "Foolish Beat."

    • Debbie sings pop, dance, pop/rock, teen idol, house, adult contemporary, and show tunes.

  • Quotes

    • Debbie: When I was little, my household was probably the only one where you'd hear kids fighting over piano playing time.

  • 80's Favorites

    Well if you grew up in the 80s like I have, then the chances are you have heard of Debbie Gibson as I think that she had some good songs. She now is a Broadway actress and that she goes by Deborah Gibson in order to become more grown up. Rather than the former Debbie as she did as a teen bobber in the 80's. Guys were either arguing over her or another 80's pop person named Tiffany, who sang remakes of songs. If I had to choose between those two, Debbie would win as I think she did her own songs and not remakes.moreless