Debbie played with The Starfires, Debbie D and the Gord Fleming Trio, Laurie Bower Singers, Paul's People, The Choirgirlz, The Corporate Image, and The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. She has added backup vocals to hundreds of albums recorded by artists such as Anne Murray, David Clayton Thomas, Rob McConnell, Oscar Peterson, Shirley Eikhard, Hagood Hardy, Rita MacNeil, Susan Aglukark, Rik Emmett and country superstar Alan Jackson. She’s also sung backup vocals during live performances with Petula Clark, Engelbert Humperdink, Mary Bailey, Martin Short, Susan Aglukark, Ronnie Hawkins, Rodney Brown, Rob Young, Betty Richardson and many others, including The Lincolns.
In the 70’s and 80’s, when television production in Canada was at it’s peak – Debbie was a regular singer on The Tommy Hunter Show, The Ronnie Prophet Show (where she led the vocal backup quartet Free Spirit), Stars on Ice, Downright Disco, Patsy Gallant, Bobby Vinton, and many more specials and productions.
In 1979, Debbie came to the attention of Jackie Rae and Canadian Talent Library as a result of her work with other artists on the label, including Elaine Overholt and Doug Mallory. Her first solo album entitled “Let Me In” contained 7 of her own compositions, and 2 songs written by her friend and colleague Lynne Deragon. With musical arrangements by Tom Szczesniak and legend Doug Riley, this album, released in 1980, had a very favourable response in Adult Contemporary circles.
Debbie Fleming: vocals
Arranged by Doug Riley & Tom Szczesniak
Produced by Jackie Rae
Engineered by Peter Mann, assisted by Peter Holcomb
Recorded and mixed at Eastern sound, Toronto, Ontario
Location courtesy of Guido Basso
Art direction by Allan Matthews
Cover photography by A.R.M. Photography
This album is dedicated to the memory of Ed Wideman