memories of the ’80s – Tiffany

Pop idols come and go – in the late 1980s, the pop world crowned a new queen – Tiffany.

Tiffany Renee Darwish started singing as a child – her first public gig was in 1981 at a country music fair in small town northern California, where she sang a few songs, passed the hat and collected over $200.

Country star Hoyt Axton saw her perform at a club in Los Angeles and brought her to Nashville to perform on the Ralph Emery Show.

In 1984 she was signed by manager George Tobin and in 1985 she competed on Star Search, finishing second.

Tobin signed Tiffany with MCA Records and she recorded her first album, Tiffany, and released her first single, Danny in 1987. Although the single fell flat, Tiffany went on tour in shopping malls across America, “The Beautiful You: Celebrating the Good Life Shopping Mall Tour”.

Tiffany’s second single, a cover of I Think We’re Alone Now, hit the mark with listeners, capturing the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Tiffany was seen in the pages of Tiger Beat and Teen Beat as well as in regular rotation on MTV. In February 1988, Tiffany grabbed her next number one hit with the song Could’ve Been.  She followed up with singles I Saw Him Standing There (Beatles) and Feelings of Forever, setting a Billboard record as the youngest female artist to top charts with a debut album.

Later in 1988, Tiffany was the opening act for the New Kids on the Block tour but her career took a backseat to a squabble between her parents and her manager George Tobin over her career earnings. She applied to the court to become an emancipated minor, which was rejected by the judge, while she became the temporary ward of her Grandmother. When she turned 18, she fired Tobin and hired new management, but her teen idol time has passed.

Her second album Hold an Old Friend’s Hand, was released in late 1988 and although went platinum, didn’t have the impact of her previous effort. She ended the decade doing the voice of Judy Jetson in  the animated film The Jetsons, as well as contributing three songs to the soundtrack.

I wasn’t a fan of Tiffany, finding her style not attractive to my cool teen self, nor her music that interesting or original. But her flash into the pop world was big and bright and like so many before her and after, she got her 15 minutes of fame.