On this date, the then-17-year-old high schooler-turned-pop star became the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a Hot 100 No. 1
Twenty-six years ago, while most high school seniors likely were looking for a summer job, one precocious overachiever was adding a historic punctuation to an already impressive résumé. The year before, Debbie Gibson became a sensation thanks to her aptly titled debut album, "Out of the Blue," which eventually produced five top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
But on June 25, 1988, the then-17-year-old hit the record books when the set's biggest smash, "Foolish Beat," reached No. 1 (replacing Rick Astley's "Together Forever" and fending off Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana," which topped the chart the following week). With the coronation, Gibson became the youngest artist to write, produce and perform a Hot 100 No. 1; she remains the youngest female artist to do so. How did she and her friends celebrate the feat? By graduating from Calhoun High School in Merrick, N.Y., days later.