Week 90 – Gloria

‘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.

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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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    1. I try to do songs that are radio friendly on the MM Music Challenge to get more people to participate. Yesterday only one person joined in with a poem, so that was a bit disappointing and it makes me wonder why I continue to host this challenge every other Friday. Song Lyric Sunday was already popular when I took over as the host and it seems to draw in the same participants every week and that makes me happy, although it is a lot of effort on my part. Tomorrow the prompt is No/Yes, so if you would like to submit a song that matches that prompt, you are welcome to do so.

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      1. Ok I’ll see what I have Jim…
        Jim that is the reason I stay away from it. I know it’s a lot of work and I’m never sure from weekend to weekend. You do a good job Jim…as long as some people like it and you have fun…that is what matters.

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      2. Here are the song Lyric Sunday prompts for the rest of the year.
        October 25, 2020 – Ghost/Pumpkin/Trick/Treat/Witch
        November 1, 2020 – Smart/Stupid
        November 8, 2020 – Days of the Week
        November 15, 2020 – Begin/End/Finish/Start
        November 22, 2020 – Fiancé/Husband/Lover/Wife
        November 29, 2020 – Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet
        December 6, 2020 – Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle
        December 13, 2020 – Fruit Banana/Cherry/Strawberry
        December 20, 2020 – Shapes Circle/Square
        December 27, 2020 – Odor/Scent/Smell/Taste

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