Laura Ann Branigan was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her signature song, the platinum-certified 1982 single “Gloria”, stayed on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, then a record for a female artist, peaking at No. 2. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada. In 1984, she reached number one in Canada and Germany with the U.S. No. 4 hit “Self Control”. She also had success in the United Kingdom with both “Gloria” and “Self Control” making the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. Seeing her greatest level of success in the 1980s, Branigan’s other singles included the Top 10 hit “Solitaire”, the U.S. AC chart number one “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”, the Australian No. 2 hit “Ti amo”, and “The Power of Love”. Her most successful album was 1984’s platinum-selling Self Control. She also contributed songs to motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack, and the Ghostbusters soundtrack.
|Birth name:||Laura Ann Branigan|
|Born:||July 03, 1952, Brewster, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||August 26, 2004, East Quogue, New York, U.S.|
|Genres:||Pop, synthpop, dance, pop rock|
|Occupation(s):||Singer, songwriter, actress|
|Website:||Laura Branigan’s Official site|
|IMDb:||Laura Branigan’s IMDb|
|Spotify:||Laura Branigan’s Spotify|
|iTunes:||Laura Branigan’s iTunes|
About Laura Branigan
Most well known for her early 1980s Platinum single “Gloria,” she is also remembered for her hit songs “Solitaire” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” In addition, she was featured on the soundtracks of Ghostbusters, Flashdance, and Baywatch.
Before recording her debut, self-titled solo album in 1982, she belonged to a band called Meadow and also worked as a backing vocalist for Leonard Cohen.
She is remembered for her distinctive, four-octave alto voice.
A native of Brewster, New York, she died suddenly in her late forties of a cerebral aneurysm.
Her single “Gloria” earned her a Grammy nomination, though she ultimately lost the honor to fellow pop singer Melissa Manchester.
Information related to Laura Branigan
- Age controversies
- Ballad musicians
- American Academy of Dramatic Arts alumni
- Female rock singers
- American female pop singers
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