Debby Boone Part One
Deborah Anne Boone
Also Known As
Debby Boone Ferrer
September 22, 1956(age 63).
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Los Angeles, California.
Singer, actress, author, spokesperson.
Debby Boone was birthed in Hackensack, New Jersey, the third of four daughters birthed to singer-actor Pat Boone and Shirley Foley Boone, daughter of country music star Red Foley. When Boone was 14 years old, shestarted touring with her parents as well as three sisters: Cherry, Lindy, and also Laury. The sisters first recorded with their parents as The Pat Boone Family and later on as the Boones or Boone Girls. They mostly recorded gospel music, although the sisters also released singles for the Motown as well as Curb labels that were remakes of secular pop music including Debby as the lead vocalist.
The Boones twice reached Billboard‘s AC charts with 1975‘s “When The Love light Starts Shining Through His Eyes“ (No. 25), a remake of the Supremes‘ first top 40 hit, and also 1977‘s “Hasta Mañana“ (No. 32), a cover of a track from ABBA‘s Waterloo album.
“ You Light Up My Life“
With her older sisters married and younger sister Laury in college, Boone was actively motivated by producer Mike Curb to launch a solo career. Boone released her initial solo effort, “You Light Up My Life“ (which had actually been included in the film of the very same name) in 1977. The song ended up being the biggest hit of the 1970s lasting ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100— longer than any other song in Hot 100 history to that point. (In 2008, Billboard ranked the song No. 7 amongst all songs that charted in the 50-year history of the Hot 100.) The song earned Boone a Grammy Award for Best New Artistas well as an American Music Award for Favorite Pop Single of 1977. She also received Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance— Female and alsoRecord of the Year won by, respectively, Barbra Streisand (“ Love Theme From “A Star Is Born“ (Evergreen)“) and the Eagles(“ Hotel California“). “You Light Up My Life“ also succeeded on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary (No. 1 for one week) as well as Country (No. 4) singles charts. The single and also the album (No. 6 Pop, No. 6 Country) of the very same name were both certified platinum.
The song, written and produced by Joe Brooks, was from the film of the very same name. Brooks earned Song of the Year awards at both the 1978 Grammys as well as Oscars for writing the song. (Boone performed the song at both awards shows.) Boone‘s version was not used in the film or included on its soundtrack. The song was lip-synched in the film by its star, Didi Conn, performing to vocals recorded by Kacey Cisyk. It was written as alove song, however Boone interpreted the song as inspirational and also mentioned that she recorded the song for God.
Boone‘s overnight success resulted in a tour with her dad and frequent TV appearances, however she was unable to maintain her success in pop music after “You Light Up My Life“. Her follow-up single, “California“(also written as well as produced by Joe Brooks), peaked at No. 50 Pop and also No. 20 AC. “California“ was included on Boone‘s second album, Midstream, which faltered at No. 147 Pop. Her next single, the double-sided “God Knows“/“Baby I‘m Yours“, also struggled, peaking at No. 74 Pop, becoming her last entry on the Hot 100. Nevertheless, the single charted AC (No. 14) and returned Boone to the country chart (No. 22). Boone, after that, released another film theme, “When You‘re Loved“, from The Magic of Lassie. Like “You Light Up My Life“, the song was nominated for an Academy Award for its composers, the Sherman Brothers, but it failed to replicate the success of her first single chartingjust No. 48 AC. Boone‘s wholesome personality contrasted with the image-conscious pop-music industry, leading her career in different musical directions.
With the crossover success of “You Light Up My Life“ as well as “God Knows/Baby, I‘m Yours“, Boone started to focus on country music. (Her dad, Pat, as well as maternal grandfather, Red Foley, had also recorded in that genre.) Her very first country single, “In Memory of Your Love“ (1978), fizzled at No. 61. However, she, after that, hit No. 11 in 1979 with a remake of Connie Francis‘“My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own“. Boone released another Connie Francis cover, “Breakin‘ in a Brand New Broken Heart“ (No. 25), prior to releasing her 1979 eponymous album. Although the album consisted of both Francis remakes, her next two singles were not chosen from this album— a remake of the Happenings‘ “See You in September“(No. 41 Country, No. 45 AC) and also yet another Francis cover, “Everybody‘s Somebody‘s Fool“ (No. 48). (To date, “See You in September“ has never been included on any of Boone‘s albums, while “Everybody‘s Somebody‘s Fool“ was included on her 1986 compilation, The Best of Debby Boone.).
Her next album, 1980‘s Love Has No Reason (No. 17 Country), was produced by Larry Butlerthat helmed many of Kenny Rogers‘ recordsthroughout the late 1970s. It led to the No. 1 Country and No. 31 AC hit, “Are You on the Road to Lovin‘ Me Again“. Two weeks prior to Are You on the Road to Lovin‘ Me Again ascended to No. 1, Boone was part of a historic Top 5 on the Billboard Country chart. For the week ending April 19, 1980, the Top 5 positions were all held by women:
Crystal Gayle (It‘s Like We Never Said Goodbye).
Dottie West (A Lesson in Leaving).
Debby Boone (Are You on the Road to Lovin‘ Me Again).
Emmylou Harris (Beneath Still Waters).
Tammy Wynette (Two Story House with George Jones).
The album generated two more country singles, “Free to Be Lonely Again“ (No. 14) and “Take It Like a Woman“ (No. 44). The latter single charted simultaneously with her dad‘s“Colorado Country Morning“ (No. 60). Butler also produced Boone‘s next album, 1981‘s Savin‘ It Up (No. 49 Country), which generated two more country singles, “Perfect Fool“ (No. 23 Country, No. 37 AC) as well as “It‘ll Be Him“ (No. 46). Boone has not charted on either the Billboard AC or Country charts since the release of Savin‘ It Up.
Boone turned her music career to contemporary Christian music winning two GMA Dove Awards and also two more Grammys. Boone initially recorded in this genre in 1980 with the Grammy winning With My Song. Subsequent Christian albums consisted of Surrender (1983 ), Choose Life (1985), Friends For Life (1987), and Be Thou My Vision (1989).
In 1989, Boone released her Christmas album Home For Christmas, which boasted a duet with her mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney, of Clooney‘s signature White Christmas.
In 1978, Boone debuted as a screen actress in an original TV musical adaptation of O. Henry‘s The Gift of the Magi co-starring John Rubinstein: a frequent variety show guest star Boone also headlined two of her very own NBC TV music specials— The Same Old Brand New Me (1980) and One Step Closer (1982). In 1984, Boone co-starred in the TV film Sins of the Past as Clarissa Hope, a call girl that is born again as well as becomes an evangelical singer: also co-starring Kirstie Alley, Barbara Carrera, Kim Cattrall and also Anthony Geary, Sins of the Past ended up being a Top 10 Nielsen hit. Boone has since made guest appearances on several TV shows including Step by Step and Baywatch Nights as well as was included in the TV films Come on, Get Happy: The Partridge Family Storyand also Treehouse Hostage.