Only In My Dreams

Album: Out Of The Blue (1987)
Charted: 11 4
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Songfacts®:

  • "Only in My Dreams" was Debbie Gibson's first single. Like at least 100 other songs, she recorded a demo in her home studio that helped earn her a contract with Atlantic Records when she turned 16. Atlantic teamed her with producer Fred Zarr, who helped her polish the song into a hit.
  • Gibson hadn't had a boyfriend yet, but that didn't stop her from writing songs as if she had already gone through the wringer of love, imagining what it would be like. In this song, she sings about a guy she can't get over; she sees herself with him, but it's only in her dreams.
  • Gibson became really famous when this song took off, but her life wasn't all that glamorous. A junior in high school (public school: Calhoun High in Merrick, Long Island), she spent 3-4 nights every week performing at clubs, often flying back home for classes - she didn't have a tutor. By the time she graduated, the Out Of The Blue album had sold over two million copies and delivered three other big hits: the title track, "Shake Your Love," and the #1 "Foolish Beat." Her next album, Electric Youth, went to #1 in America and contained another #1 single, "Lost In Your Eyes." In the '90s, her music fell out of favor but she got her star turn on the stage, starring in a number of popular musicals.
  • Directed by Simeon Soffer, the video alternates between color and black-and-white to delineate the dream sequences Gibson sings about. Her look resembles Madonna's highly accessorized early style, but more wholesome.
  • With this song, Gibson became the first woman to write and produce her own Top 10 hit since Joni Mitchell did it with "Help Me" in 1974. When her song "Foolish Beat" hit the top spot in 1988, she became the first woman to write and produce her own #1.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1987 {August 29th} Debbie Gibson performed her debut charted record, "Only In My Dreams", on the ABC-TV Saturday afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time "Only In My Dreams" was at position #5 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, the following week it would peak at #4 {for 1 week} and it spent over a half-year {28 weeks} on the Top 100...
    It reached #6 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    Between 1987 and 1993 the Brooklyn, NY native had eleven records on the Top 100 chart, five* made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Foolish Beat" for 1 week in 1988 and "Lost In Your Eyes" for 3 weeks in 1989...
    Besides her two #1 records, her three other Top 10 records were the above "Only In My Dreams", "Shake Your Love" {#4 in 1987}, and "Out of the Blue" {#3 in 1989}...
    Deborah Ann Gibson will celebrate her 49th birthday in two days on August 31st, 2019...
    * She just missed having a sixth Top 10 record when her "Electric Youth" peaked at #11 {for 3 weeks} in 1989...
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