Peak UK Chart Position: #7 in February 1988.

Deborah Ann Gibson has, incredibly, been in the public eye for just over thirty years. Building up her repertoire in the clubs in 1986, the following year saw her debut album “Out Of The Blue” released – with it gaining a top ten placing in America. Follow-up “Electric Youth” did even better, topping the album charts Stateside as well as reaching number eight in the UK. “Shake Your Love” was her first and biggest hit on the British chart. In more recent years she has been involved in acting as well as music, with one of her projects seeing her starring alongside chart-topper (from this day in 1988) Tiffany in an original movie entitled “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid”, created for the American Syfy channel in 2011.

Quick facts:

  • She achieved the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 twice, both with ballads: “Foolish Beat” in 1988 (UK #9), and “Lost In Your Eyes” in 1989 (UK #34).
  • She was the first female solo artist to have a simultaneous number one single and album in the States.
  • Her last hit in the UK was a cover of “You’re The One That I Want” with Craig McLachlan – a number 13 hit in 1993, with the duo appearing as Danny and Sandy in the West End revival of the musical “Grease” at that time.
  • In 2011, she appeared in the music video for Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” alongside other guest stars including Hanson and saxophonist Kenny G.

On a chart with an incredible eighteen climbers, “Shake Your Love” crept into the top ten on this day in 1988, up eight places to number nine. Most of Gibson’s recent performances – despite her looking fantastic – are average quality mobile phone uploads (this is one of the better ones), so a vintage Top of the Pops show-opener from January 28th 1988 it is…

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