“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone was an inspirational love song and the biggest-selling song of 1977. In fact, it’s one of the top-10 biggest-selling songs of all time according to Billboard Magazine.
Sadly, the life of “You Light Up My Life” songwriter Joseph Brooks wasn’t quite as inspirational as the successful songwriter committed suicide on May 22, 2011. Brooks was facing 91 counts of rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act and assault by the Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly luring young women into his home under the guise of auditions.
It’s a sad end to a songwriter who penned one of the all-time most sentimental and sensitive ballads ever in “You Light Up My Life.” That song spent 10 weeks as the #1 song in America and transformed Debby Boone into a one-hit wonder.
It earned Brooks a Grammy Award for Song Of The Year, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe Award and an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award.
Royalty checks were huge but obviously not enough. Brooks was 73.
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