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Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor
Background information
Birth name Gloria Fowles
Born September 7, 1949
Origin Newark, New Jersey, United States
Genre(s) Dance-pop, Disco, Hi-NRG, House, Urban, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Actress
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1965 - Present
Label(s) MGM (1965–76), Polydor Records (1976–83), Chrysalis (1984–85), Stylus (1986–88), Hot Productions (1996–97), Logic Records (2000–04), Radikal Records (2005— )
Associated
acts
Soul Satisfiers
Website www.gloriagaynor.com

Gloria Gaynor (born Gloria Fowles September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best-known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive" (Hot 100 #1, 1979), "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Hot 100 #9, 1974), and "I Am What I Am" (Hot 100 #82, 1983). She was born in Newark, New Jersey. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Nickname: Map of Newark in Essex County County Essex Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836 Government  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]  - City 67. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dance-pop is a style of dance music that grew out of disco-influenced beginning in the early 80s. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... Hi-NRG (High Energy) is a type of electronic dance music which emerged and then became popular in nightclubs in the early 1980s. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... R&B was a term previously used to describe Rhythm and blues music, during the 1940s and 1960s. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... Butterfly Chrysalis Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis For the record label created in 1969, see Chrysalis Records. ... Radikal Records is a Teaneck, New Jersey based record label started in 1992. ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... I Will Survive is a song first performed by Gloria Gaynor, released in 1978. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Never Can Say Goodbye was a 1971 hit single by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label, one of their most successful singles. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... I Am What I Am is a song originally featured on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles (1983-1987). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Map of Newark in Essex County County Essex Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836 Government  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]  - City 67. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...

Contents

Early career

Gaynor was a singer with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band, in the 1960s. Her first solo single was "She'll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby" (1965). For other article subjects named Jazz see jazz (disambiguation). ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


Her first real success came in 1975 with the release of her album Never Can Say Goodbye, which established her as a disco artist. The first side of this album consisted of three disco songs ("Honey Bee", "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Reach Out, I'll Be There"), with no breaks in between the songs. This 19-minute dance marathon proved to be enormously popular, especially at dance clubs. All three songs were released as singles via radio edits, and all of them became hits. This album was so instrumental in introducing disco music to the public, that many later believed that Gloria Gaynor had been the first artist to record disco music. "Never Can Say Goodbye" became the first song to top Billboard magazine's dance chart. So, in that sense, she was the first. Capitalizing on the success of her first album, Gloria Gaynor quickly released her second album Experience Gloria Gaynor later that same year. While this album was also successful, it was not quite as popular as her previous album in the mainstream. Never Can Say Goodbye was a 1971 hit single by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label, one of their most successful singles. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... Discothèque redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... Gloria Gaynors successful sophomore album, Experience Gloria Gaynor, was released on MGM Records in 1975. ...


Some of her lesser-known singles - due to lack of recurrent airplay including, "Honey Bee" (1974), "Casanova Brown" (1975), and "Let's Make A Deal" (1976) - became hits in the clubs and reached the Top 5 on Billboard's disco charts. After her 1976 album, I've Got You, Gaynor shifted from her hit production team, to work with other productions. While it seemed like a good move, her subsequent producers did not seem to match Gaynor's vocal approach and style as well. This caused her the albums that followed such as 1977's Glorious and 1978's Park Avenue Sound to be regarded as merely good albums instead of excellent albums. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... While not quite as successful as her preview two albums, Gloria Gaynors third album, Ive Got You gained success from the Disco music songs on the first half on the album. ...


Major mainstream breakthrough

For the next few years, Gloria Gaynor would only enjoy a few moderate hits. However, in late 1978, with the release of her album Love Tracks, she climbed the pop charts again because of her song "I Will Survive". The lyrics of this song are written from the point of view of a woman, recently dumped, telling her former lover that she can cope without him and does not want anything more to do with him. The song has become something of an anthem of female emancipation, and is still a staple of office parties and karaoke nights. The song was awarded the first and only Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording in 1980 (the category was discontinued upon disco's fall from favor shortly afterward). In 2230, Pixar animator Victor Navoneused this song to create an alien music video which for a time was a minor Internet phenomenon. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... I Will Survive is a song first performed by Gloria Gaynor, released in 1978. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... A karaoke machine Karaoke 空 kara, empty or void, and オーケストラ ōkesutora, orchestra) pronounced ;   is a form of entertainment in which an amateur singer or singers sing along with recorded music on microphone. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The 23rd century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2201-2300. ... Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American seven time Academy Award winning computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Interestingly, "I Will Survive" was originally the B-side when Polydor Records released it in late 1978. The A-side, a song called "Substitute", then a recent worldwide hit for South African girl-group Clout, was considered to be more "radio friendly." Radio DJs flipped the record over, and audience response forced the record company to flip the songs, so that subsequent copies of the single listed the more popular song on the A-side. In late 1979, she released the album I Have A Right which contained her next disco hit, "Let Me Know (I Have The Right)", which featured Doc Severinsen of The Tonight Show fame, on trumpet solo. In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Doc Severinsen during The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carsons 18th Anniversary Special in 1980 Carl Hilding Doc Severinsen (born July 7, 1927 in Arlington, Oregon) is an American pop and jazz trumpeter, best known for leading the NBC Orchestra in the Johnny Carson era. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Stateside career decline

In 1980 and again in 1981, Gaynor released two disco excellent albums which were virtually ignored in the US due to the backlash against disco, which began late in 1979. Surprisingly, neither albums' singles registered on Urban contemporary radio, where disco music remained popular. In 1982, she became a Christian and began to distance herself from a past she considered to be sinful. She would not release an album in 1982. In 1983, she released an album entitled Gloria Gaynor, in which she rejected disco for mid-tempo R&B and Pop style songs. The album contained a patriotic song called "America" as well as a new version of "I Will Survive". In this new version of "I Will Survive", she changed the lyrics of the song in order to advertise her new conversion to Christianity. The words "It took all the strength I had not to fall apart" were changed to "Only the Lord could give me strength not to fall apart". The album was not a success in the Pop, Dance or Urban markets. This move proved to be a turn off to all other than her hardcore fans. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sin is a term used mainly in a religious context to describe an act that violates a moral rule, or the state of having committed such a violation. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...


Gaynor would achieve her final success in the '80s with the release of her album I Am Gloria Gaynor in 1984. This was mainly due to the song "I Am What I Am", which became a hit at dance clubs, and then on the Club Play chart in late 1983/early 1984. "I Am What I Am" made Gaynor a gay icon. However, her career went into sharp decline following this hit. She mainly made her living outside of the US where there was never any disco backlash. Her 1986 album was both critical and commercial failure. I Am What I Am is a song originally featured on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles (1983-1987). ... St. ...


Return to prominence

She only began to revive her career Stateside just as sharply with the aggressive revival of disco beginning in 1996. During the late 1990s, she dabbled in acting for a while, guest starring on The Wayans Bros, That '70s Show, and Ally McBeal before doing a limited engagement performance in Broadway's Smokey Joe's Cafe. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Television biographical stubs ... That 70s Show is an American television sitcom that centers on the lives of a group of teenagers living in Point Place, Wisconsin, a fictional suburb of either Kenosha, Wisconsin[1] or Green Bay, Wisconsin,[2] from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. ... Ally McBeal is an American television series which ran on the FOX network from 1997 to 2002, and was one of the best-known dramedy television series of the 1990s. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Smokey Joes Cafe is a musical theatrical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. ...


She returned to the recording studio in 2002, releasing her first album in 20 years, entitled, I Wish You Love. The two singles released from the album, "Just Keep Thinking About You" and "I Never Knew", both topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play. Both singles also secured moderate to heavy Dance format radio airplay. The latter song also charted #30 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


After almost 30 years of its release, Gaynor continues to ride the success of "I Will Survive", touring the country and the world over and performing her signature song on dozens of TV shows. A few successful remixes of the song during the 1990s and 2000s along with new versions of the song by Diana Ross, Chantay Savage, rock group Cake and others as well as constant recurrent airplay on nearly all Soft AC and Rhythmic format radio stations have helped to keep the song in the mainstream. Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, disco, and pop. ... Chantay Savage Chantay Savage is an R&B/dance singer who found success in the 90s with singles like Dont Let It Go to Your Head, and I Will Survive, in which she reworked the Gloria Gaynor disco anthem. ... Cake (often written CAKE) is a band from Sacramento, California, formed in 1991. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...


On September 19, 2005, Gaynor was honored twice when she and her music were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. She was inducted in the Artist Inductees category along with fellow disco legends Chic and the late Sylvester. Her classic anthem, "I Will Survive" was inducted under the Records Inductees category. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Dance Music Hall of Fame was created in 2004 by music industry veteran Daniel Glass to honor the creators and innovators of dance music. ... For other uses, see Chic. ... Sylvester may refer to: // Pope Silvester I (Saint Sylvester) Pope Silvester II Antipope Silvester III Sylvester of Kiev Sylvester of Moscow Sylvester of Assisi (companion of Saint Francis of Assisi) Sylvester of Marsico Sylvester Gozzolini, founder of the Sylvestrines Sylvester James, disco performer Sylvester Stallone, actor Sylvester McCoy, actor Sylvester...


Discography

Albums

This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Gloria Gaynors successful sophomore album, Experience Gloria Gaynor, was released on MGM Records in 1975. ... While not quite as successful as her preview two albums, Gloria Gaynors third album, Ive Got You gained success from the Disco music songs on the first half on the album. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for an encyclopedia. ...

Compilations

  • The Best of Gloria Gaynor (1977)
  • Greatest Hits (1982)
  • I'll Be There (1995)
  • I Will Survive: The Anthology (1998)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Gloria Gaynor (2000)
  • The Gloria Gaynor Album (2001)
  • Ten Best: The Millennium Versions (2001)
  • All The Hits Remixed (2007)

Songs

  • "Never Can Say Goodbye"
  • "Honey Bee"
  • "Reach Out, I'll Be There"
  • "Casanova Brown"
  • "(If You Want It) Do It Yourself"
  • "How High The Moon"
  • "Let's Make A Deal"
  • "I've Got You Under My Skin"
  • "Be Mine"
  • "We Can Start All Over Again"
  • "Life Ain't Worth Livin"'
  • "Why Should I Pay"
  • "You're All I Need To Get By"
  • "Kidnapped"
  • "Substitute"
  • "I Will Survive"
  • "Anybody Wanna Party"
  • "I Said Yes"
  • "Love Is Just A Heartbeat Away" (from the movie Nocturna)
  • "Let Me Know (I Have A Right)"
  • "Let's Mend What's Been Broken"
  • "I Am What I Am"
  • "Mighty High" (featuring The Trammps)
  • "Just Keep Thinking About You"
  • "I Never Knew"
  • "First To Be A Woman"
  • "Love Affair"
  • "Oh, What A Life"
  • "Rippin' It Up"
  • "Perfect World"
  • "Set Me Free"

Never Can Say Goodbye was a 1971 hit single by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label, one of their most successful singles. ... I Will Survive is a song first performed by Gloria Gaynor, released in 1978. ... I Am What I Am is a song originally featured on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical La Cage aux Folles (1983-1987). ... The Trammps, based in Philadelphia, were one of the first disco bands. ...

See also

This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines weekly pop singles chart(s). ... This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on Billboard magazines Hot Dance Club Play chart. ... This is a list of number-one dance hits as recorded by Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play chart — a weekly national survey of popular songs in U.S. dance clubs. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ...

External links


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Gloria Gaynor (real name Gloria Fowles, born September 7, 1949 in Newark, New Jersey) is a singer best-known for the disco hits I Will Survive (Hot 100 #1, 1979) and Never Can Say Goodbye (Hot 100 #9, 1974).
Gaynor was a singer with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band, in the 1960s.
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Gloria Gaynor was crowned the Queen of Disco in 1979, hosted The World's Largest Disco at Madison Square Garden, and sold out The Palladium.
I Will Survive is Gloria Gaynor's new autobiography covering her poor but loving upbringing, signing to Columbia Records at 17, her meteoric rise to the top and years of fame which eventually caused her to reject the decadence all around her.
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