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BOONE, Debbie

(b 22 Sep. '56, Hackensack NJ) Pop/country singer, daughter of Pat Boone. Sang on Boone family gospel albums; first solo single was Oscar-winning film song, prod. by Mike Curb: "You Light Up My Life' also won Song of the Year Grammy '77, 10 weeks no. 1 on pop chart, top 5 country. Named top new vocalist '78 by ACM; country hits incl. "God Knows' '78, "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own', "Breakin' In A New Pair Of Shoes' '79, "Are You On The Road To Lovin' Me Again' '80. Albums incl. You Light Up My Life, Midstream, Love Has No Reason. Wrote autobiography Debbie Boone...So Far; starred in musical play from '54 film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers '82, successful on tour but closed on Broadway. Married to Gabriel Ferrer, son of Rosemary Clooney. She is now a popular contemporary Christian artist.