Rush, Rush, Will You Marry Paula Abdul On The Promise Of A New Day?


Since I fortunately have enough singles from Paula Abdul to cover her long career, I figured we’d pick up on her early life. Even at the start she was dedicated and moved up quickly!

Paula Abdul was born in San Fernando, California, to Jewish parents. Abdul’s father, Harry Abdul, was born into the Syrian Jewish community in Aleppo, Syria, was raised in Brazil, and subsequently immigrated to the United States. Her mother, the concert pianist Lorraine M. (née Rykiss), grew up in one of the two Jewish families in Minnedosa, Manitoba in Canada, and has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors from Russia and Ukraine. Paula has a sister named Wendy, who is seven years her senior.

Abdul began taking dance lessons at an early age in ballet, jazz, and tap. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was a cheerleader and an honor student. At 15, she received a scholarship to a dance camp near Palm Springs, and in 1980 appeared in a low-budget Independent musical film, Junior High School.

Abdul studied broadcasting at the California State University at Northridge. During her freshman year, she was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within a year, she became head choreographer.

PaulaAbdulRushRush

Side One

Rush Rush

Side Two

Rush Rush

PAbdulWillYouMarryMe

Side One

Will You Marry Me

Side Two

Goodnight, My Love

PaulaAbdulThePromiseNewDay

Side One

The Promise of a New Day

Side Two

The Promise of a New Day

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