Song: “Foolish Beat” by Debbie Gibson
Reached #1: June 25, 1988 (her first, 1 week)
When Debbie Gibson’s “Foolish Beat” hit #1, two months before her 18th birthday, she became the youngest person to be the writer/producer/singer of a #1 hit. 24 years later, she was upstaged by a crocodile on the Daytime Emmy Awards. What a long, strange trip it’s been…
Thing is, the “charting artist” phase of her career happened in a very short time – 1987-89 – between “Only In My Dreams” (which I thought was a #1 and was surprised to find out wasn’t) and the last single from Electric Youth (“We Could Be Together”, which got only to #71).
Since then, she’s done a little of everything… she’s done Grease in London’s West End and Broadway, toured with any number of Broadway-on-the-road musicals, did the ill-fated American Juniors series, reality TV shows, and most recently, cameoed in Rock of Ages.
She also did an ‘80s-revival tour with her supposed “competitor”, Tiffany, in 2011. It should come as no surprise that they were never competitors in their eyes…
At some point, she became a bit of a gay icon – she’s a regular at Pride parades. Interestingly, although she’s never married, there haven’t been any of the usual whispers that come with staying single into one’s 40s…
Tomorrow, the Byrds do Dylan.
Other songs that reached #1 on June 25:
1966 – “Paperback Writer” by the Beatles (their twelfth, 2 weeks)
1977 – “Got To Give It Up (Part 1)” by Marvin Gaye (his third, 1 week)