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Still the Youngest to ever write, produced and performed a song!
Posted by connie eng on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 06:42am
First to chart #1 single and album, single: Lost In Your Eyes, ablum: Electric Youth simultaneously. ASCAP songwriter of the year 1989 along with Bruce Springsteen.
Posted by Mark on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 07:39am
When you think of the 80's she is one of the first that comes to mind. She is talented, beautiful and is still performing! She deserves to be in the Hall of Fame!
Posted by Rick on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 10:17am
No, when I think of her, I think of teeny bopping, cheesy music.
Posted by The Matzo ball on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 11:56am
Hey they already had her dress from the Out Of the Blue vidoe from 2004-2005 on display in the teen Idols section so why shouldn't be inducted in 5 year considered she still the youngerst artist too write and produce a number one song.
Posted by Erica on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 17:04pm
Posted by rob on Sunday, 12.16.07 @ 15:37pm
Deborah Gibson is still working and has a loyal fan base. Her music and performance has mature beautifully! She should be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame
Posted by Ralph on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 06:02am
believe you me, I loved Debbie Gibson, however, she still gets a no. Unless for some reason Tiffany got in, then, it would be a crime.
Posted by gary on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 14:48pm
It would be correct if she made it! Deborah Gibson still holds a 20 year old record. Her career and fame are based on talent and hard work. Not many so called "singers" or "pop stars" can say that. Go Deborah.
Posted by David on Saturday, 12.29.07 @ 05:39am
For those who voted Yes overwhelming, Are you serious?????
Posted by JasonP on Thursday, 02.28.08 @ 08:47am
I know last year March 15,2007 Tiffany along Paula Abdul .made this..
Posted by pattyg on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 08:54am
9 top 40 hits...no kidding?? Elvis Presley had 114 top 40 hits, not much of a comparison. You lumped Debbie Gibson in with those other artists because they're all about the same...couldn't really tell one from the other. Not really HoF material.
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 09:02am
I say yes 100%. If it wasn’t for Deborah Gibson none of these younger half wit stars wouldn’t be able to be in the market they are in. When Deborah started out there were no teenage singers in the music industry. She paved the way for the stars today. Tiffany doesn’t count because she was nothing but cheap imitation. Talk about the lack of talent. So Deborah’s music might have been bubble gum pop and one might even say it was cheesy. But come on it was the 80’s! Not very many pop stars out there today are writing, producing, and performing # 1 hit songs. If Deborah’s music was so bad then why does she still hold the record for being the youngest American artist to write, perform, and produce a # 1 song? Umm lets see…probably because the crop of “teen pop princesses” wouldn’t have known how to pick up a pen and write something for themselves. Deborah has paid her dues and deserves just as much of a right to be there as anyone else.
Posted by Michelle on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 17:28pm
...so you're saying she paved the way for all the younger half-wit stars...I'll buy that!!!
Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.1.08 @ 18:42pm
For those people that don't appreciated her music and her style, is it really necessary to spread your negative thoughts. what will you gain by doing so? Why can't you let people enjoy what they enjoy? Is it harming you in anyway? If you would like another singer to be voted in, just vote on their page.
Posted by NYC on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 14:54pm
I think thats why theres a "yes" button...and a "no" button!!
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 15:47pm
NYC-Instead of getting on here lecturing, why don't you give a good argument, give one redeeming quality of some of the music from that era...what made you like it? I can give you a list as long as my arm on why I didn't!
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 17:43pm
Hey if anyone has seen her in concert you would be amazed by her piano playing skills. I put her up there with the two of the greats already in the Rock Hall. The Piano Man Billy joel and Elton John. Even back in the day she played the Piano at her concerts so she not just another bubble gum teen Idol.
Posted by Erica G on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 18:37pm
That's a pretty strong statement, seeing as the other two mentioned are widely known as exceptional pianists...Billy Joel has been known to do things a lot of classical concert pianists can't do. Since I've never seen her play, I can only take your word. Her playing prowess certainly isn't common knowledge.
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 19:04pm
Something Debs mother wrote about her
Posted by pattyg on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 19:31pm
How many artists do you know that has ever done that? Put a 44-piece orchestra togather ,write her own music scores/lyrics and then pass out due to all the anxiey by having to "do work" which is what no artist these days due. They just draw in close to or if not millions a month and then goto parties and then wonder why her kids have been taking away(talking about BS)
Posted by pattyg on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 19:34pm
What you describe is a far cry from "Shake Your Love". If she has this amazing ability on the piano, maybe she should display it more! I don't think Mozart could've been bothered with something like "Only In My Dreams"...
Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 19:44pm
It is understood to the general public that when you think of Debbie Gibson, you think of the 80's songs. No matter what her loyal fans say, the general public will not even give her music a chance. A little narrow minded. If you haven't listen her other works beside the songs she wrote at the age of 13... is it fair for you to judge?
Posted by NYC on Tuesday, 03.4.08 @ 06:11am
I really don't think I'm being positive or nagative...I lived through the original "teen idol" era (Fabian, Frankie Avalon,etc...). It was "gee, let's see if we can manufacture another Elvis". After that came groups like 1910 Fruitgum Co., Ohio Express, The Archies, etc...labeled as "bubble gum music"...UGH!!! Then came the start of the boy bands and the really light pop sung by the likes of Tiffany and...Debbie Gibson. Now to someone like me who was in their 30's, had played in bands, and was an overall "Rock & Roll" fan...this music didn't interest me at all!
Posted by Terry on Tuesday, 03.4.08 @ 18:02pm
you're kidding, right????
Posted by spike on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 11:25am
"you're kidding, right????"-spike
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 11:37am
How does one equate Debbie Gibson and Rock and Roll? Debbie Gibson may be many things ...but Rock and Roll is not one of them.
Posted by StevePotocin on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 13:15pm
One of her outfit is already in the Rock n Roll Hall of fame... it is only fitting that she will be part of history.
Posted by Reggie on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 16:24pm
I dunno. My instincts say no, but if she's already got an exhibit in the hall, it could be a pretty good indicator.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 04.24.08 @ 09:40am
Debbie Gibson in the Rock -N- Roll Hall of Fame?
Posted by Karl T. on Wednesday, 06.4.08 @ 15:59pm
Rock Producer of the Year - American Songwriter Awards - 1990
Posted by patty on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 08:30am
I guess if you're going to let Madonna in...!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.22.08 @ 08:57am
first female to win "ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award" 1989
Posted by ralph on Monday, 06.23.08 @ 06:15am
She is Not rock n roll but hea they are lettin in rap and pop so they should change their name to music hall of fame. If it was really a rock n roll hall of fame Rush would be in by now. Also j tull b4 metallica too,it's only fair,another group of morons gave them a rock n roll award first,remember? So sad.
Posted by Darryl on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 22:39pm
Piss off Debbie!!!
Posted by Zeb on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:14pm
"Piss off Debbie!!!"
Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:20pm
"No, when I think of her, I think of teeny bopping, cheesy music."
Posted by Denise on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 18:54pm
Debbie Gibson in the Hall?
Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 01.7.09 @ 16:51pm
Debbie Gibson has no chance in getting in. Anyone that feels she warrants induction is either completely delusional or insane. Never in a million years should this happen. Case closed.
Posted by Ben on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 19:32pm
Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 00:34am
I wish they'd let her in already. First she gets passed up for the American Idol judge position, now the HOF. Her day will come. It better anyway.
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 18:37pm
Gitarzan, that isn't really you, is it?
Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 18:49pm
Nope...I get "stalkers" all the time though, so I'm used to it. I'd want Debbie Gibson in at the same time I'd want 1910 Fruitgum Co. and Milli Vanilli in...right about the time they're taking me to Pueblo...locking me up in a padded room...and throwing away the key (at this point in time I'd be considered criminally insane...).
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 19:15pm
Which should be anytime, right? Haha.
Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 21:56pm
Being that Debbie Gibson was the first artist to chart a #1 single "Lost In Your Eyes" and #1 album "Electric Youth". NOT Elvis, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, RunDMC, Eminem, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McCintire, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Nsync, BSBoys, Miley Cyrus or any other artist, but little 17 year old Debbie Gibson, then yeah I'd say she has a good chance of getting in. Also her stage outfit WAS displayed above and in the center of that Teen Exhibit at the Rock Hall previously mentioned.
Posted by Chris72nc on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 20:45pm
What on earth are you talking about???? Comparing Debbie Gibson to Elvis, MJ, and the Beatles in itself leaves you with absolutely no credibility...
Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 21:10pm
Being that Debbie Gibson was the first artist to chart a #1 single "Lost In Your Eyes" and #1 album "Electric Youth". NOT Elvis, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, RunDMC, Eminem, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Reba McCintire, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Cher, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Nsync, BSBoys, Miley Cyrus or any other artist,
Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 04:31am
...after I listened to Debbie Gibson...ROFL!!!!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 06:11am
Oh yeah, I forgot to include Johnny Cash, and Frank Sinatra. lol Debbie Gibson was the first recording artist in chart history to have both album and single at #1 simultaneously, yeah at the same time. So that alone is a good indicator she has a shot at getting in. There are plenty that love her, and plenty that hate her, despite that the records stand as they do, being my point. I don't like a lot I have listed above, but you won't see any comment by me on their chances of getting in or not, I have better things to do with my time and truly don't care.
Posted by Chris72nc on Wednesday, 11.18.09 @ 23:16pm
Chris72nc, may I direct you to a group known as 'The Beatles'. I don't even have to chk, but I'm pretty darn sure that back in 1964 or thereabouts, The Beatles had both a number 1 single & a number 1 album (at the same time).
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 07:27am
So anyway she was the first solo artist to do it then, enough of a feat she should at least have some consideration, besides influencing her generation, and with 2 multi platinum albums, and sold out stadium tours back to back world wide for those albums. Also that her first #1 was written, produced and performed by herself at 17 the youngest up to that point in time, and still standing 20+ years later today. I just read an article about Kiss, and Black Sabbath not getting in, so if those in the industry don't like you it seems to be a big factor, and we all know they would be in were it up to the fans. So it ultimately depends how bad she pissed off Atlantic Records when she left, and those factors. Madonna is in, so ANYBODY has a shot.
Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 14:40pm
Debbie Gibson sold out STADIUMS????? When did this happen? Her counterpart, Tiffany, could barely draw a crowd in a mall...!!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 18:08pm
She toured the US 3 times Live in Concert the Out of the Blue tour, Live Around the World Electric Youth tour, stadiums in UK, Japan, and Southest Asia. I searched and cannot find concert ticket sales reference. So maybe some of you so much more knowledgeable music aficionado's can provide reference. I do know that her Out Of The Blue video collection was among the few to go platinum also in her era, to date, still in the top 100 at amazon music and video concerts. Also surely by any artist and one so young, The Out Of The Blue tour, and following Live Around the World tour videos were both certified 2x platinum by the RIAA and also counts for something.
Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 20:12pm
Relatively speaking, 2X platinum sales would be considered "okay" in an era where artists were selling tens of millions. She had some commercial success, but minimal, if any significant influence or innovation...
Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 20:30pm
Yeah, I guess the Alanis Morrisette's often reffered to as (Canada's Debbie Gibson) in her beginning check out some of her old stuff on youtube and you tell me? The Miley Cyrus', Taylor Swift's with videos just like Debbie's, and Britney Spears also often reffered to as influenced by Debbie Gibson to the point it pissed her off.lol Doesn't count for much either, because they too are irrelevent, I assume.
Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 21:28pm
I would also like reference on who you are reffering to that sold 10 million concert videos 80's up to now?
Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 21:31pm
Or even 1 million for that matter?
Posted by Chris72nc on Thursday, 11.19.09 @ 21:32pm
As for concert videos...prove it! As for Morrisette, it's amazing how desperately she tried to SHAKE her earlier image...kinda like "Deborah Gibson" does now...
Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 11.20.09 @ 06:36am
If Debbie Gibson is inducted, in theory the natural order will implode and life as we know it will cease to exist.
Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 12:19pm
Debbie's already had some of her touring wardrobe on display at the museum though... she's had an exhibit. That tells me she's on the radar with some of the powers-that-be, so her induction may not be as far-fetched as common sense would suspect.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 12:28pm
This is the carnage that the Rock and Roll Hall of Lame has left by letting all genre's of music in. You guys are actually discussing Debbie Gibson's chances of getting in the ROCK and ROLL, I repeat ROCK and ROLL Hall. Wow! the ship is way off course and close to sinking.
Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 12:30pm
ST, you do realize most of the acts you listed probably aren't even eligible yet... the only one that I know is eligible is Megadeth.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 13:56pm
Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 14:29pm
"For me Rock and Roll is Hard Rock and Heavy Metal,"
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 15:33pm
That's the thing Philip, I didn't choose Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, it chose me. If you tell me, you must like different types of music, I can't, I'm hooked on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. It's not about what makes me happy, it's a lot more than that, it moves me and I'm very passionate about it, so when I voice my opinion about rock and roll on this site that's where I'm coming from.
Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 16:52pm
"That's the thing Philip, I didn't choose Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, it chose me. If you tell me, you must like different types of music, I can't, I'm hooked on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. It's not about what makes me happy, it's a lot more than that, it moves me and I'm very passionate about it, so when I voice my opinion about rock and roll on this site that's where I'm coming from."
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 17:57pm
google: Deborah Gibson discography wiki
Posted by Chris72nc on Saturday, 11.21.09 @ 21:28pm
Yes. When Electric Youth came out, her popularity and respect as the youngest singer-songwriter was quite immense. Tiffany or Britney or Christina never quite made that.
Posted by Joseph on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 15:23pm
'Rock and Roll' does NOT only stick to rock or heavy metal. It's a GENERAL term for music. Any music critic knows this.
Posted by Joseph on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 15:32pm
Not quite, Joseph... it does get differentiated from country in general discussion... even from hip-hop/rap. and even moreso in context of the Rock Hall, as it's separated from country, jazz (for the most part), and Adult Contemporary. Artists in those genres better have made significant outside influential contributions back into Rock and Roll if they hope to be inducted.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 15:53pm
Yeah sure let's induct Debbie Gibson...right after Samantha Fox and Debby Boone or how about Olivia Newton-John, gimme a break.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:54am
Still the Youngest to ever write, produced and performed a song!
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 07:55am
She remains the youngest female to write, produce, and perform a #1 "Foolish Beat", as documented in the Guiness Book of World Records in 1988, that's 20 years and going.
Posted by Chris72nc on Friday, 07.30.10 @ 17:26pm
debbie gibson has one of the few perfect voices with fantastic range and didn't ruin it with drugs booze etc. Like some we know . Whitney Houston for instance.
Posted by Sean on Monday, 03.12.12 @ 13:44pm
Debbie Gibson's influences include Elton John, Billy Joel and Wham!/George Michael.
Posted by Roy on Monday, 03.12.12 @ 14:31pm
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.17.13 @ 22:56pm
Out come the rock n roll music snobs again. Same old rubbish the hipsters of today spout about their indie music. And lol what a joke they've become. Just because it's not your preferred genre and you've made no effort to research it or follow it does not mean you have the the 'holier than thou' right to trash it. You spout the same illogical rhetoric that Southern Baptists do about sinning & worship except you replace the words Hell with Pop and God with Guitar.
Posted by Kris on Tuesday, 01.6.15 @ 18:25pm
True she was an 'indie' in every sense of the word before it was so loosely thrown around these days. Shocking truth hardly known most rock band, pop star, indie and any other musician's today can buy a song and call it their own making them a 'songwriter'. More shocking truth if you can stand it all common sense says her departure from Atlantic was not the most pleasant i.e. the release of her Greatest Hit's by Atlantic just as Think With Your Heart was released on SBK. Radio station's that claim to play 'everything' including Milli Vanilli and that whole thing but not one of her bonafide hits, it's called shelved as a nicer word or less commonly known by some blacklisted, be sure she wasn't the first and won't be the last. So yes if Atlantic has their say X she will never have or get the chance to get in. If her popularity which has taken a hit for above stated reason's has anything to do with her chances of getting in with support from her dedicated fan base ✔︎ she will eventually get in. If her achievement's and body of work and influence have anything to do with her chances of getting in ✔︎ she ultimately will get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Posted by Chris72nc on Sunday, 11.29.15 @ 00:54am
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