‘Gloria’ was Laura Branigan’s signature song and it was influenced by Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Nicks. Her recording career began in 1972, with folk group Meadow. She toured with Leonard Cohen in 1976, as a backing singer on his first European tour and her first single, ‘All Night With Me’ charted at # 62. Her other hits were ‘Solitaire’, ‘Self Control’, and ‘Power Of Love’. After the release of her seventh album Over My Heart in 1993, she semi-retired from the music industry to care for her husband, Larry Kruteck, who was suffering from cancer and ended up dying in 1996. Branigan died in her sleep from an undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm in 2004.
Laura Branigan recorded this song in 1982 on her Branigan album. Gloria reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it spent 36 weeks on the chart, it also went to #6 in the UK and it set a new record for a single by a solo female act at the time. This Euro disco song ‘Gloria’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1983, but she lost out to Melissa Manchester’s ‘You Should Hear How He Talks About You’. This song was written by Italian composer Gaetano Bigazzi, Italian pop singer Umberto Tozzi, and Canadian songwriter Trevor Stanley Veitch. Umberto Tozzi released this song in 1979 and it was popular in some non-English-speaking countries in Europe.
Los Angeles keyboardistGreg Mathieson replaced Edgar Winter in White Trash, and from 1974-1976 he traveled with Helen Reddy around the world and then from 1976-1978 he traveled with Olivia…
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