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Debby Boone

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Debby Boone was born September 22, 1956 in Hackensack, New Jersey, the daughter of singer and 1950s icon Pat Boone and Shirley Lee Foley Boone (daughter of country music star Red Foley). When Boone was 14 years old, she began touring with her parents and three sisters - Cherry, Lindy and Laury. The sisters recorded as the Boones. Although they primarily recorded gospel music, they twice reached Billboard’s AC charts with “When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” (No. 25) and “Hasta Manana” (No. 32) which featured Debby as lead vocalist.

You Light Up My Life
Boone released her first solo effort, You Light Up My Life, in 1977. The song became the biggest hit of the 1970’s on the Billboard Hot 100 spending 10 weeks at the No. 1 - longer than any of her father’s No. 1 Billboard hits. At the time, only Elvis Presley’s double-sided Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog spent more weeks (11) atop Billboard’s Hot 100. The song earned her a Grammy award for Best New Artist and an American Music Award for Favorite Pop Single. She also received Grammy nominations for Best Pop Female and Record of the Year. You Light Up My Life also reached No. 1 Adult Contemporary (one week) and No. 4 Country. The single and the album (No. 6 Pop, No. 6 Country) of the same name were both certified platinum. Boone’s overnight success led to a tour with her father and frequent television appearances.

The song, written and produced by Joe Brooks, was from the film of the same name.

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