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Encyclopedia > Gloria (Laura Branigan song)
"Gloria"
Song by Laura Branigan
from the album Branigan
Released July, 1982
Recorded Los Angeles
Genre Pop / Dance / Rock
Length 4:50
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Umberto Tozzi, Giancarlo Bigazzi, Trevor Veitch
Producer(s) Jack White, Greg Mathieson
Chart positions

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Branigan track listing
"All Night With Me" "Gloria" "Solitaire"

"Gloria" is a pop song recorded by Laura Branigan in 1982, released as a single and appearing on her debut album, Branigan. Originally written in Italian by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi, Tozzi's first recording was a success in his home country in 1979. Working with producers Jack White and Greg Mathieson, Branigan re-recorded the song and brought it to a broader audience. Branigan is the first album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... Laura Branigan (July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004) was a popular American singer/actress from Brewster, New York, best known in the U.S. for the song Gloria (1982). ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Branigan is the first album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... Umberto Tozzi (born March 4, 1952) is an Italian pop singer and composer, born in Turin. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...


Branigan's gutsy belt drove the song to the top of the charts and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal of the year. Certified Platinum in the U.S. and remaining in Billboard's Hot 100's top 40 for 22 weeks, Branigan's hit topped charts around the world, peaking at #6 in the UK and notably entrenched at #1 for seven weeks in Australia. Until the 1990s, "Gloria" held the record for most weeks on the Hot 100 by a female, at 36. Widely considered to have launched her career, [citation needed] "Gloria" became Branigan's signature song. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


In a nod to the original "Gloria", Branigan began a holiday medley on a Solid Gold Christmas special singing the Latin refrain of one of the oldest known Christian hymns, dating back to AD 129, and popularly known today as "Angels We Have Heard On High," or "Westminster Carol," the sustained, melismatic tumult "Gloria In Excelsis Deo." Solid Gold was an American syndicated television series which ran from 1980 to 1988. ... Events Change of Patriarch of Constantinople from Patriarch Diogenes to Patriarch Eleutherius. ... Angels We Have Heard on High is a Christmas carol. ... In music, melisma (commonly known as vocal runs or simply runs) is the technique of changing the note (pitch) of a syllable of text while it is being sung. ... Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Latin for Glory to God in the highest) is the title and beginning of the great doxology (song of praise) used in the Roman Catholic Mass and, in translation, in the services of many other Christian churches. ...


Branigan re-recorded the song, and "Gloria 2004" became a Hi-NRG club hit prior to her death in August of that year. Hi-NRG (High Energy) is a type of electronic dance music which emerged and then became popular in nightclubs in the early 1980s. ...


Laura Branigan's "Gloria" in Pop culture

  • The song appears in a tense scene in the movie Flashdance, as a character performs a figure skating routine. (Another Branigan performance, "Imagination", is used elsewhere in the film and appears on its soundtrack album.)
  • In a nod to its use in that film, the song was used in the Fox TV series American Dad, in an episode in which the title character is discovered by his wife to have a secret passion for figure skating, elaborately sneaking from their home to perform solo routines to the song.
  • In addition to numerous TV performances of the song as herself, Branigan guest-starred on two different network TV series—CHiPs and Automan—as two different fictional singers, each of whom performs the song (among others) as their own.
  • On the Will & Grace episode, "Lows In The Mid-Eighties" (aired November, 2000) Bobbi Adler, played by Debbie Reynolds, sings the chorus of "Gloria" in a short segment.
  • The song appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on the Flash FM radio station, and on the game's soundtrack album.
  • The song has been used internationally in TV commercials for products as diverse as beer and flour.
  • A Saturday Night Live TV commercial parody promotes a smoke alarm that plays '80s hits instead of a siren. Smoke seeps into a darkened room, when Branigan's voice belts "Gloria," at which Rachel Dratch shoots upright in bed with a stunned smile, exclaiming "I love this song!"
  • The song is the theme of radio broadcaster Alan Jones on station 2GB in Sydney, Australia.
  • British band Pulp is said to have lifted the guitar line for their "Disco 2000" from the song. Originally, writer Jarvis Cocker was going to call the girl within the song Gloria, but changed her name to Deborah to avoid litigation.
  • Infamous American Idol contestant Ian Benardo sang a poor version of this to be rejected from the show.
  • On a 2002 episode of Saturday Night Live, "Gloria" can be heard in a skit in which there was a dance-off between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake was dancing on a chair as the song plays.

More faithful covers of the song include versions featuring the Veitch lyric by Kelly, French singer Sylvie Vartan, and by British singer Elkie Brooks in 1986, and one with an earlier English translation, by Jonathan King. Tozzi himself re-recorded the song several times in various styles, including a version that mirrors Branigan's in vocal delivery, arrangement, and lyric. The Branigan hit has been a karaoke staple and has been attempted by Pop Idol contestants in various countries. In 2006, Australian girl group the Young Divas included a cover of Branigan's version of "Gloria" on their successful debut album. Flashdance is a musical and romance film released in April 1983. ... Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... A soundtrack album is any album that incorporates music from a particular feature film. ... This article is about the animal. ... The Smiths, from left to right: Roger, Francine, Stan, Klaus, Hayley, and Steve. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... CHiPs was an American television series produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios that aired on NBC from September 15, 1977 to July 17, 1983. ... Automan is a American science fiction superhero television series produced by Glen A. Larson. ... Will & Grace is a popular Emmy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated American television sitcom that was originally broadcast from 1998 to 2006. ... Bobbi Adler is a recurring character in the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace. ... Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... For other uses, see Beer (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Flour (disambiguation). ... This article is about the American television series. ... From the earliest days of the medium, television has been used as a vehicle for advertising in some countries. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Residential ceiling-mounted smoke detector A smoke detector is a safety device that detects airborne smoke and issues an audible alarm, thereby alerting nearby people to the danger of fire. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alan Belford Jones AO (born 13 April 1941 or 1943[2]) is an Australian radio broadcaster, former rugby union and rugby league coach and administrator. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Pulp are a rock band, formed in Sheffield, England in 1978, by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... Jarvis Branson Cocker (born 19 September 1963, in Sheffield, England) is an English musician, best known for fronting the band Pulp. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... The sixth season of American Idol premiered on the Fox Broadcasting Company on January 16, 2007 and ran until May 23, 2007. ... This article is about the American television series. ... Sylvie Vartan Sylvie Vartan (born 1944) is a French pop singer and music hall impressario of Hungarian and Armenian origin. ... Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder, 25 February 1945, in Salford) is a British singer, formerly a vocalist with Vinegar Joe, and later a solo artist. ... It has been suggested that Karaoke clubs in Sri Lanka be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the British television series. ... Young Divas are an Australian girlband consisting of former Australian Idol contestants Ricki-Lee Coulter, Paulini Curuenavuli, Kate DeAraugo and Emily Williams. ... Young Divas is the self titled debut album by the Young Divas, made up of Australian Idol finalists Ricki-Lee Coulter (Season 2), Paulini Curuenavuli (Season 1), Kate DeAraugo (Season 3) and Emily Williams (Season 3). ...



Though generally categorized as pop or dance-rock, Branigan's recording of this song has also been categorized as, or in combination with, Hi-NRG, Italo disco, Euro disco, bright disco, electronic, and disco. Bold text For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Hi-NRG (High Energy) is a type of electronic dance music which emerged and then became popular in nightclubs in the early 1980s. ... Cover of the ZYX Music compilation album. ... The term Euro-Disco first used during the 70s, to describe the non UK based disco productions and artists. ... Bright disco is an extension of typical disco music, but with a strong 1980s touch. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music genre. ...


Charts

Chart (1982, 1983) Peak
position
Australia 1
Canada 1
USA 2
Ireland 4
UK 6
South Africa 9
US Sales 2,000,000+
For other songs with this title, see Gloria (song).

 
 

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