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Laura Branigan

Pop singer/actress Laura Branigan was born on July 3, 1957, in the upstate New York town of Brewster. It wasn't until her senior year in high school that Branigan thought of pursuing a musical career, after she landed a lead role in a school musical, which led to her acceptance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City by the mid-'70s. Branigan then signed on as a backing vocalist for Leonard Cohen, as she toured the world with the renowned singer/songwriter throughout the late '70s; resulting in the singer landing a recording contract on her own with Atlantic Records. But a breach-of-contract lawsuit resulted after Branigan changed management, which held up work commencing on her solo debut. With all issues sorted out by the early '80s, Branigan was now free to launch her solo career, as her debut, Branigan, was issued in 1982.

The album spawned one of the year's top pop hits, the Donna Summer-like "Gloria," a remake of an Italian pop song from the '70s that peaked at number six in the U.K. and number two in the U.S. (the song also earned Branigan her first of four subsequent Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female). The song's popularity reached massive proportions in other parts of the world, especially Germany, where the Branigan version of "Gloria" sat at the number one position while the original Italian version held the number two spot. 1983's Branigan 2 spawned another two sizeable U.S. hit singles with "Solitaire" and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" (the latter of which was co-written by a then-unknown Michael Bolton), while she also appeared on the hit soundtrack to Flashdance that same year with the track "Imagination."

Further albums were issued during the remainder of the '80s, 1984's Self Control, 1985's Hold Me, and 1987's Touch, all of which spawned hit singles: the title track from Self Control, "The Lucky One," "Ti Amo," "Spanish Eddie," "I Found Someone," the title track from Hold Me, "Shattered Glass," and "The Power of Love." But, by the dawn of the '90s, the hits had dried up for Branigan, as such albums as 1990's self-titled release and 1993's Over My Heart went completely unnoticed. In 1994, Branigan dueted with David Hasselhoff on the track "I Believe" for the Baywatch soundtrack, and a year later, the singer's first hits compilation, the 13-track The Best of Branigan, was issued. In addition to issuing albums, Branigan kept her acting career going all along, as evidenced by guest spots on the TV show CHiPS, the movies Mugsy's Girl (1984) and Backstage (1988), plus the German television movie An American Girl In Berlin (1981). Branigan returned to the public eye in 2002, earning rave reviews with her portrayal of Janis Joplin in the hit New York City musical Love, Janis. On August 26, 2004 Laura Branigan suffered a brain aneurysm and died in her sleep. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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in the nights hold passions play takes it's toll and your will so bold looses control as thoughts pass lued and imagination crude gives into feelings longing during the day and a touch cresses soon naked flesh with no barriers in the way sounds swoon darkness ends innabitions coon while innocence forgotten drifts away all else leave a mind at bay giving in to temptations wicked way
RIP Laura....we' l l all dance when we get to your universe!!!
You all that had the pleasure of actually seeing her are The Lucky Ones. I'd do almost anything to have been able to have seen her. Between her and Branigan, that sums up many of my formative years musically.
dee.breakofd a w n
Some songs just give you chill and nostalgic, this is definitely one!!!
she is really awesome singer in the world I will always remember her music
Why does Whitney need o be mentioned. On stage they were both wonderful. I thought this was about the music?
Saw Laura in person twice...Fabu l o u s singer! RIP Laura died much too young...
She was a lot better person then Whitney Housten.At least she she died of a brain aneurism and not a drug abuser like Housten.
It was a great loss, thank goodness you can never take the music away
SHE IS GREAT..ONE OF THE GREATS'..WE ALL MISS HER..WHAT ENERGY.....T H A N K YOU JESUS FOR WHAT YOU ALLOWED IN HER LIFE..
pmoc333
Wow! Great song! Great voice! Had no idea until now that she passed away so young... until now.
RIP, Laura.
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Wow...takes me back to the early 80's. RIP Laura.
My favorite song..Is statue in the rain...Te Amo.....I was so hurt to hear of her dying I just found out 5 years ago..I saw her in a lil cosert in Boca Florida I think(( early middle 90s))..She lives on in my house and car Always......
Gloria is one hell of a song.
Was Laura Branigan LUBA on the 9 1/2 Weeks soundtrack? It sounds soooomuch like her and it's the 1st and 3rd letters of her names but se has never been credited with singing them. Does anyone know for sure?
My favorite song of all time is gloria and how can I help you to say goodbye she a loving singer.
dantheman937 2 1
I miss Laura Branigan. She had a strong voice. She sang a few meaningful songs. My parents, who are 10 years older than her, turned up "Gloria" when the radio played it. She was so classy that her most suggestive songs were offset by her beautiful face and voice. I was making a meatloaf dinner when a friend told me she had passed away. I cried. RIP Laura. You are missed.
Omg!!! Ti Amo was my favorite too!!! Such a heartfelt song.. and so sad.. What a beautiful voice.. wow! Love and miss Laura..
so sad....lovel y voice and lovely girl
You cannot trust doctors anymore, it is a money making industry for them and the generosity and hospitality went in the toilet.
geronimonlin e
Her death was a waste. When she kept going to doctors complaining of a headache, the doctor attending her should have called for an MRI. Instead they just gave her pain pills. Bummer...... . . . . .
bdonny1
very talented and pretty woman, singing in heaven now!
love her voice, one of the best I ever heard, so sad she died so young and at the height of her career
ekateb22
love her music. So sad she died so young
nursebrilhan t e
awesome!!
wltrbuckley4 8 7
liked her way back when and still do.
still have cassette tapes of her. listened to her all thru my school years.
dberger612
Gone before her time. So glad I was able to see her live and in concert before she died. Heaven had another angel.
So sorry that she is gone I hope she is at peace . I was thinking of her today and wondered what ever became of her .
Laura Branigan was unbelievable . I never knew how she had died. No matter, her voice lives on!!!! My favorite song was, Te Amo
gtobin13
we lost someone with a beautiful voice...sure miss her what ever type of music she did
gloria was such a disco anthem.. rip my sweet
RIP
she was a great singger.
Love this song' and I love Laura Branigan. PEACE
What a GGGGRRRREEEE R A A A A A T T T T T SO NG/PERFORMAN C E !
once in a feneration we are gifted with an angel, as was laura branigan, not just in the talent sense but the people sense as well..you were taken from us much too soon but we have your music forever as your lasting legacy..may your sould rest in the enternal peace that your music provided for all those that heard you
private_exec u t i v e
I LOVE YOU LAURA, I WAS SO SAD AND DEVASTED WHEN U PASSED AWAY..U MEANT A LOT TO ME AND GLORIA WAS A BIG THING TO ME...ESPECIA L L Y WHEN I SAW U I BELIEVE SINGING THAT SONG ON CHIPS OMG...I WAS SO EXICTED, BOUNCING AROUND THE APARTMENT TO THAT SONG........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H O W A R D SHORE
rnparang2002
Laura was great, beautiful and strong voice...she had it all....rip
Every so often an artist comes along that lays down music with each breath they take. Laura Branigan was one such artist.
jodiestevens
Laura's rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" is the most beautiful and poignant of all the recordings of that powerful song. What an amazing ability to convey emotion through the use of vocal quality and phrasing and What a loss to us that she died so young.
This woman had a very strong voice, i wish she was still here with us
cjmorales03
I did not care for Gloria when it came out,but now that I listen to it it's not a bad song at all.Too sad abought her passing though. :(
"Gloria" just popped up on my "Pan" and immediately brought back memories of her doing it live here in the Bay area and the fun of that open air concert. I happened to scroll through her bio and noted her passing. I was totally unaware that she had left us. I'm weeping as I type this. God Bless You Laura. Sing with the Angels now, and save me a seat up close, won't you please?
that song takes me back !!
dazz240
Laura Branigan was one of the most underated artist of her time. Though she is no longer with us, her incredible songs and voice have stood the test of time. RIP
I REMEMBER LAURA SINGING GLORIA ON THE TO-NIGHTS SHOW AND WATCHED JOHNNY SIT IN AWE AND SAYING TO THE AUDIENCE "WHAT A POWERFUL VOICE" Michael Ashby
One of he greatest voices of all time. What a beautiful soul! Have a great trip back home. Thanks for all the beautiful music. We will mis you!
A major loss to the listening audience. Bob Hunt Richmond, Va.
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