Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Songoftheday 7/26/17 - Thought I couldn't slow him down long enough to look my way, thought he was out of my league wouldn't give me time of day...

"Anything Is Possible" - Debbie Gibson
from the album Anything Is Possible (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from former teen prodigy Debbie Gibson, whose sophomore album Electric Youth had landed her three more big hits with "No More Rhyme", the title track, and the #1 pop ballad "Lost In Your Eyes". A triple-threat of being a singer, songwriter, and producer, Debbie continued to evolve her sound for her third release Anything Is Possible. Three of the tracks were co-written with Motown great Lamont Dozier, including the title track and first single, "Anything Is Possible". The mid-tempo dance-pop track, which reminds me of the late-80s fare of the Breakfast Club and Rythm Syndicate, was her final time in the pop top-40 in America, even as she was just only turning 20 years old...

"Anything Is Possible" became Debbie's ninth top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in January of 1991. The song also slipped on to Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #48. Internationally, the record peaked at #17 in Canada, while being a minor hit in the UK (#51) and Australia (#61). Another track from the album, "One Step Ahead", was a respectable dance club hit, reaching #18 on the Dance Club Play list.

Two years later, Gibson released her fourth album, the decidedly more "adult" Body Mind Soul, but the lead single, "Losin' Myself" stalled down at #86 on the pop chart (it also went to #49 on Adult Contemporary). That same year, Debbie climbed to #13 on the British charts with her duet with Craig McLachlan on the Grease musical cover "You're The One That I Want". Leaving Atlantic Records for a one-off stint with EMI with a soft-pop vocals album in 1995, she re-emerged in 1997 with an indie-released album Deborah, and scored a minor club hit with "Only Words" (#38). She has periodically put out music and toured since, but she's been more known for her work on the theater stage, starting with her heralded turn as Eponine in Les Miserables in 1992, with performances in Grease and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat among her big successes.

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Here's Debbie appearing on the Arsenio Hall show to promote the album...

...and finally Gibson performing in concert at Rock In Rio II in 1991...

Up tomorrow: White-boy rapper digs up a cherry-red 70s hit.

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