Debbie Gibson is an American performer, singer-songwriter and record producer. Debbie Gibson’s debut album Out of the Blue was released in 1987, which eventually became certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and went gold. Her career spanned over thirty years between the late sixties and the early seventies, including stints with the Yardbirds, Highway to Hell and Horses. She has also worked with many well-known recording artists.
Debbie Gibson, who is best known for her duets with Paul Simon on their album “Simon & Garfunkel: An Evening”, featured on the cover of Hot 100 Songs list for the fourth consecutive time. Her song, “Give Me the Reason,” was also a Hot 100 hit. Her last chart entry was the duet with Simon on the track “I Just Called to Say I Love You”. Her solo career was capped off with the singles “Don’t Take Me Alive” and “You Don’t Have to Live.”
Debbie Gibson had many duets with other well-known artists during her career. Her song, “lections” was recorded with the Replacements, David Bowie, Petula Clark and Luther Vandross. A duet she performed with Vandross on the song “Give Me the Reason” was later covered by everyone from Rod Stewart to Bruce Springsteen. Gibson’s duet with Bowie on the song “Higgs Boson Blues” was also well-received. Other notable duets that come from her catalog include songs with The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Johnny Jenkins.
Gibson’s song called Electric Youth was another great pop star effort that was not too well-received. However, it did have standout moments, such as the unforgettable sample of a young woman telling her man he has big dreams. In this song, Debbie Gibson sings about being an adult woman in her thirties who still has the same dreams she had when she was fifteen years old. It is a touching song about how aging does not have to be a scary thing.
While Debbie Gibson’s debut album Electric Youth was not a massive sales success, it was one of her first major hits. “Clean” was the second single from the album and was produced by Timbaland. It was also recorded by Usher. The single reached number thirty on the pop charts and stayed there for three weeks.
Electric Youth was not the only Debbie Gibson album that reached number one on the pop charts, nor was it the first guitar-based album to reach that peak. Her next two albums, M-Maybe and Speak Like heals, were also successful and achieved near-classic status. Her most famous guitar-based song, “Hooked,” which went multi-platinum, is another testament to her enduring ability.