Synopsis of Pop Music
"All this time,
All in all I've no regrets,
The sun still shines,
The sun still sets..."
Teen pop made a big comeback in the late 80’s with performers like Debbie Gibson and New Kids On The Block. One of the most impressive and colorful success stories from this era was Tiffany, who took her unique strategy of touring shopping malls across the U.S. into multi-platinum success on the charts with a series of bouncy dance-pop hits.
Tiffany had been singing since the age of five, when a family friend taught her to sing “Delta Dawn.” She was soon singing at clubs and talent shows and also appeared on television shows like Star Search and Nashville Now. She recorded her first album in 1987 at age 15 and promoted it in a most unusual way: a tour of performances at shopping malls around the country. The unique promotional act got her coverage in People magazine and inspired radio stations to start playing her music. As a result, her synth-pop cover of the Shondells' classic “I Think We’re Alone Now” hit #1 at the end of the year.
A video for “I Think We’re Alone Now,” featuring footage from her now-famous mall tour, went into heavy rotation on MTV around this time. She also performed this hit on The Tonight Show. The next single was “Could Have Been,” a ballad that featured a strong, emotional performance from Tiffany. It soon hit the top of the charts, giving Tiffany two back-to-back #1 singles. She also landed a Top-10 hit with “I Saw Him Standing There,” a gender-reversed remake of the Beatles tune. She toured in 1988 and gave New Kids On The Block an early break by having them as her opening act.
Tiffany’s second album, Hold An Old Friend’s Hand, was released at the end of 1988. Before its release, a song from the album called “All This Time” was debuted on an episode of the sitcom Growing Pains when Mike Seaver got his first kiss at a Halloween dance. Released as a single, the song became a #6 hit. The following year, Tiffany voiced the role of Judy Jetson for the animated Jetsons: The Movie, also recording three songs for the film’s soundtrack.
The initial Tiffany-mania had cooled off some by the start of the 1990's, but the red-haired former mall queen wasn't done making music. Tiffany released New Inside, an album done in an r&b style, in 1990. She also continued to tour and did an engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1993. In the mid-90’s, she moved to Nashville to pursue country music. She returned to pop at the end of the decade and has recently signed a multi-album contract with Modern Records, a new company co-founded by Stevie Nicks. It's never easy to make the jump from teen idol to adult musician, but despite the ups and downs of pop music superstardom, Tiffany's continued work on albums and in concert is proof that this former child star still has plenty of music left inside.
Artist Release History1987 - Tiffany
1988 - Hold an Old Friend's Hand
1990 - New Inside
1996 - Greatest Hits
2000 - The Color of Silence