Billboard top 40 pop hit in two and a half years.

It was reported in the media that she had been experiencing headaches for several weeks before her death, but did not seek medical attention.[30]. Between 1970 and 1972 she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Artsin New York City, and worked as a waitress. The dramatic turnaround in the Blues' fortunes following their adoption of "Gloria" led to it being embraced as their new victory anthem. Branigan attended Byram Hills High School from 1966 to 1970,[12] starring in the high school musical The Pajama Game in her senior year.[13]. On the first anniversary of her death in 2005, many fans attended the first "Laura Branigan Spirit of Love Memorial Gathering" weekend, sponsored by Other Half Entertainment and and held near the Long Island home where she last lived, caring for her mother.

Jacks members say they have trademarked "Play Gloria" and they have sold over 700 shirts bearing the phrase. I know she's there in spirit. Branigan's year of birth has been disputed. [8] When asked how she thought Branigan would have reacted to the "Play Gloria" meme had she lived to see it, Golik said, "She was very sincere, very down to Earth, she would just have been very touched by it all. "I was sort of relieved. In 1972 she met acoustic guitarist Walker Daniels and his future wife Sharon Storm, and acoustic guitarist Chris Van Cleave, forming the folk-rock band Meadow (named as a good place for Paul McCartney's band Wings to land in). [34][35][36], A club member kept yelling, "Play 'Gloria!'"

[40][41] "Gloria" would also re-enter the Billboard charts in the wake of the Blues' championship, landing at No. "So we just happened to get a win the next day and made it our win song." On August 15, 1995, Branigan was a guest on the TV show Talking Food, hosted by Robin Leach and broadcast by the Food Network, and she promoted the album and sang the Donna Summer hit before preparing her Summer Delight pasta dish on the show.[28]. "[29] In later years she continued to record, and dated the drummer in her band Tommy Bayiokos. In 1973 the group, with bass player Bob Valdez, released their debut album The Friend Ship, featuring the singles When You Were Young, and Cane and … Her chart success began to wane as the decade closed and after her last two albums Laura Branigan (1990) and Over My Heart (1993) garnered little attention, she generally retired from public life for the rest of the 1990s. "The 1982 song 'Gloria' is a hit again and singer Laura Brannigan — who died in 2004 — keeps being asked to perform it live", "As fight over 'Gloria' NHL-related profits goes on, Laura Branigan's drummer remembers singer", Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,, Wikipedia articles needing factual verification from October 2019, Short description is different from Wikidata, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Guest star in "Fox Trap" (season six, episode 16), Performer of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", Performer of "How am I Supposed to Live Without You" and "Solitaire", Guest star in "Murder MTV" (season one, episode nine), Co-host, performer of "Self Control" and "The Lucky One", Performer and composer of "If I Were a River", Guest star in "A Face for Radio" (season three, episode 19), Grand Prix Award for Best Vocal Performance, This page was last edited on 7 November 2020, at 16:38. (In concerts and television appearances throughout her career, Branigan accompanied herself on the piano for the song.). 4 hit "Self Control". Kruteck survived for another two and a half years and died on June 15, 1996, in New York. 60. In June 2010, Shine On: The Ultimate Collection was released, which, for the first time, incorporated a PAL only format DVD (will not play on most American DVD players) featuring official Atlantic music videos for 10 of Branigan's songs, in addition to an 18-track CD including "Forever Young", which made its return to the greatest hits compilations. Branigan's fifth album Touch (released July 7, 1987) marked a change in her career.

None of these three singles (or the B-side, "When") were included on her first album, but all four songs were eventually released on CD over 30 years later in 2014 as bonus cuts on a U.S. CD reissue of Branigan's first album. "How 'Gloria' Became the St. Louis' Song & Why Every Keeps Saying 'Play Gloria! The Platinum Collection is an 18-song compilation including all the major hits as well as tracks such as "Silent Partners", Satisfaction," "All Night With Me," and "If You Loved Me," which were four relatively new additions to Branigan hits compilations. The original version was recorded a few months earlier, still in 1984, under the name of one of the song's co-writers "Raf" (Raffaele Riefoli), and held the West German number 2 spot during this time period; Branigan's version enjoyed more success outside of Raf's native Italy, hitting No. In 1984, she reached number one in Canada and Germany with the U.S. No. She also contributed songs to motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack (1983), and the Ghostbusters soundtrack (1984). In 1984 Branigan's live show was recorded twice, for a syndicated radio concert series and a concert video. Other Half Entertainment, Branigan's management company at the time of her death, continues to oversee her career legacy through her official website at, and her official MySpace and Facebook pages by taking part in various media opportunities, as well as through relationships with Warner Music Group and other entertainment industry entities, serving as the official voice for her legacy interests and keeping her artistic visions and standards at the heart of its operations.

Although most sources at the time of her death gave her birth year as 1957, it has subsequently been accepted by reliable sources that she was born in 1952. completed a historic mid-season turnaround, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, XXXVII Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar, "Laura Branigan was 52, not 47, when she died", "Laura Branigan, a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria," has died", "Vampire Weekend & Phish Cover Laura Branigan's 'Gloria' to Salute NHL Champs St. Louis Blues", "One More St. Louis Blues Win, And Laura Branigan's 'Gloria' Becomes An Unlikely Championship Anthem", "2/3 It truly makes me smile to know that Laura & "Gloria" will forever be intertwined with @StLouisBlues & city of St. Louis, & I feel that connection personally too.THANKS AGAIN for welcoming me so warmly to STL. Branigan's performance of "Gloria" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance alongside Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Juice Newton and that year's winner, Melissa Manchester, becoming her only solo nomination. The album alternated four energetic up-tempo songs with five ballads, including one of the few songs written solely by Branigan, "I Wish We Could Be Alone". The 13-track The Best of Branigan included two newly-recorded covers: "Show Me Heaven" (written by Maria McKee) and the Donna Summer hit "Dim All the Lights," which Branigan released in several remixes. My voice isn't anything like Janis Joplin's, and there were 19 of her songs in the show. Other pop, disco, and adult contemporary hits from Branigan's Self Control album include "The Lucky One" (which won her a Tokyo Music Festival prize), the continental ballad "Ti Amo" (another Umberto Tozzi hit, and a No.

[33] A few Blues players visited a bar in South Philadelphia called Jacks NYB to watch the NFL Wild Card game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. [6] She began returning to performing in the early 2000s, most notably appearing as Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis. [16][17] The record was not properly promoted and never re-released. Her signature song, the platinum-certified 1982 single "Gloria", stayed on the U.S. She sang on major national television and radio campaigns for products including Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and Chrysler, which sponsored her 1985–1986 "Hold Me" tour. Branigan's 9-track debut album, Branigan, was released in March 1982. She would later appear in independent films including Mugsy's Girls (aka Delta Pi, 1985) with Academy Awards winner Ruth Gordon, and the Australian film Backstage. Laura Ann Branigan was born on July 3, 1952, in the New York City suburban village of Brewster, New York,[9][10] the fourth of five children of Kathleen O'Hare Branigan (1921–2006)[11] and James Branigan, Sr. (1914–1984), an account executive and mutual funds broker; they later separated. Branigan's vocal coach was Carlo Menotti, and she worked with Steve Lukather (Toto), Dann Huff (Giant) and Michael Landau; keyboardists Greg Mathieson, Harold Faltermeyer, Michael Boddicker and Robbie Buchanan; bassists Nathan East and Dennis Belfield (Rufus); drummers Carlos Vega and Doane Perry (Jethro Tull); percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Lenny Castro; and guest vocalists including Joe "Bean" Esposito and background vocalists including The Waters Sisters (Maxine and Julia), James Ingram, and Richard Page and Stephen George (Mr. Mister).

Since 2006, Branigan's management company worked regularly with Warner Music Group entities in the production and release of various new greatest hits compilations. In 2009, Rhino/WEA authorized the re-release of three out-of-print Branigan albums: Touch, Laura Branigan, and Over My Heart. 2. The album went gold, and the single was eventually certified platinum (sales of more than two million U.S. copies). After the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, on June 12, Y98 played "Gloria" again for 24 hours. [2] The cause was attributed to a previously undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm. 8 of the first season of the TV series Miami Vice titled "The Great McCarthy", which aired on November 16, 1984. It included "Didn't We Almost Win It All" (by Branigan and Brian BecVar) (released as the first single), a cover of Cher's song "Hard Enough Getting Over You" (released as the second single), a cover of the Patty Loveless single "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye", a cover of Roxette's song "The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye", and "Is There Anybody Here But Me?" The next day the Blues went on to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3–0 shutout. Branigan had official greatest hits collections released in South America, Japan, Germany, South Africa, and the U.S.; the U.S. collection was released in 1995. ~ Kathy, Other Half Ent. Following their January 7 victory over the Flyers, which was Binnington's first NHL start, the Blues played "Gloria" in the locker room to celebrate their victory, with it then becoming a regular locker room ritual. ~Kathy,Other Half Entertainment #PlayGloria". During the height of her career, Branigan also made acting appearances, first in 1981 in An American Girl in Berlin for West German television, and then after the success of "Gloria", guest appearances on American television series such as CHiPs ("Fox Trap", season 6, episode 16, in which she played Sarah, lead singer of the female rock band Cadillac Foxes),[20] Automan and Knight Rider. [6], Branigan's legacy manager and representative Kathy Golik has embraced the trend, with Branigan's verified Twitter page frequently posting support for the Blues, especially during their 2019 playoff run. [19], Also in 2002, her second official US hits collection, The Essentials, was released, including the long out-of-print hit "I Found Someone.