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Encyclopedia > Laura Branigan
Laura Branigan
Birth name Laura Branigan
Born July 3, 1952(1952-07-03)
Origin Brewster, New York, USA
Died August 26, 2004 (aged 47)
Genre(s) Pop, Italo disco, Euro disco
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1973-2004
Label(s) Atlantic
Website Official Website

Laura Branigan (July 3, 1952August 26, 2004) was a popular American singer and actress. She was best known for her 1982 platinum-selling single "Gloria," a major hit throughout the world which spent a record-setting 36 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 and received a Grammy Award nomination in early 1983. July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brewster is a village located in the Town of Southeast in Putnam County, New York, USA. The population was 2,162 at the 2000 census. ... This article is about the state. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... 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. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Gloria is a pop song recorded by Laura Branigan in 1982, released as a single and appearing on her debut album, Branigan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Following the massive success of "Gloria," Branigan introduced the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", which spent three weeks at #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. The same year, she had another Top 10 Pop hit with "Solitaire". Branigan's "Self Control" album (1984) was certified Platinum and was her all-time biggest seller with the title track becoming an international smash. How Am I Supposed to Live Without You is a song originally recorded by Laura Branigan in 1983 (after Air Supply turned it down). ... Discipline is any training intended to produce a specific character or pattern of behaviour, especially training that produces moral or mental development in a particular direction. ...


Her other Top 40 pop hits include "The Lucky One", "Spanish Eddie", and "Power of Love". The Power of Love is the name of a famous power ballad co-written and originally recorded by Laura Branigan number one on the UK singles chart in the process becoming the first single by a female soloist to sell a million copies in the UK, and is among the...

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Biography

Rise to celebrity

In the early 1970s, she was a member of a band called Meadow, who released one album in 1973 album entitled The Friend Ship. The record was not a hit and has never been re-released. Branigan, for whatever reason, preferred not to discuss her involvement with Meadow publicly. During the years after Meadow broke up, she worked a wide variety of jobs, including a stint as one of Leonard Cohen's backup singers. She toured with Cohen throughout Europe. (It is not known if she toured any other continents with Cohen.) For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ...


In 1979 she was signed by Ahmet Ertegün to Atlantic Records. The strength of her dramatic alto voice, with its four-octave range, ironically impeded her career for a couple of years while the label went through the process of categorizing her. She was finally categorized as a pop singer and a single called "Looking Out For Number One" hit the U.S. Dance charts. Her first solo album Branigan was released in 1982: the first single from this album was "All Night With Me", which hit #69 on the Billboard charts in early 1982. Her first reviews were most enthusiastic, with her voice being compared to both Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, both of whom had enjoyed iconic Disco hits over the previous few years.[citation needed] See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Ahmet Ertegün (July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006) was the Turkish-American co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records, described as one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry [1] . He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North American Soccer League. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Branigan is the first album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Donna Summer (born Donna Adrian Gaines) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who gained prominence during the disco era of music. ... Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand; born April 24, 1942) is an American two time Academy Award-winning singer, film and theatre actress. ... This article is about the music genre. ...


Branigan, the 9-song debut album, alternated four hyper-energetic up-tempo songs with five ballads, including one of the few songs written solely by Branigan, "I Wish We Could Be Alone". "Gloria", originally an Italian love song recorded by Umberto Tozzi in 1979 (and not widely successful outside Tozzi's native Italy), was released as the album's second single. Branigan's version was reworked with Tozzi's own arranger, Greg Mathieson, who sharpened the ballad's hooks and updated its production with fellow producer Jack White to give it what Branigan called "an American kick" to match aggressive new English lyrics. American radio was not initially receptive to "Gloria"; the song's combination of American and European sound predated the imminent second "British Invasion" of popular music by several months. Embraced by dance clubs, especially gay clubs, it eventually won over American radio stations and propelled the song to become one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. The album went gold, and the single was eventually certified platinum for sales of over 2 million US copies. Her vocal performance of "Gloria" was nominated for a Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Grammy award (alongside Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Juice Newton, and that year's winner Melissa Manchester), her first of four nominations. 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. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and entertainer who has earned multiple Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, and Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. ... Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE (born September 26, 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born, Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Juice Newton (born Judy Kay Cohen 18 February 1952 in Lakehurst, New Jersey) is a Grammy Award-winning American pop music and country singer. ... Melissa Manchester (born on February 15, 1951 at New York, New York) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. ...


In the spring of 1983, Branigan released her second album, Branigan 2. By this time, the dramatic European synth-pop sound was on the rise, and Branigan's surging, sustained vocals drove her English version of the French song "Solitaire" to the upper reaches of the charts. In addition to cementing a place in pop history and ensuring she was not a one-hit wonder, her second album's two big hits began the careers for two then-unknowns, who themselves became industry legends. The English translation of "Solitaire" was the first major hit for lyric writer Diane Warren, while the album's second hit single, the ballad "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", was the first major hit for its cowriter, Michael Bolton. Branigan's debut recording of "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" made the Top Ten on the ARC Weekly Top 40 Pop charts and spent three weeks at Number One on the Billboard Adult Contemporary airplay charts. See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Branigan 2 is the second album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Diane Warren (Born Diane Eve Warren on September 7, 1956 in Van Nuys, California) is an American songwriter. ... Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter, known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals. ...


The 1983 film Flashdance contained two Laura Branigan songs, "Gloria" and a new song, "Imagination". The latter song was included on the Grammy Award winning Flashdance soundtrack that hit #1 and sold over six million copies in the U.S. alone. Flashdance is a musical and romance film released in April 1983, and was one of the most successful films of the early 1980s. ... Gloria is a pop song recorded by Laura Branigan in 1982, released as a single and appearing on her debut album, Branigan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Flashdance is the soundtrack to the 1983 American musical and romance film Flashdance, directed by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri. ...


Height of her career

The year 1984 was the height of the European synth-pop era, but the striking production and sensuous, half-whispered vocals of "Self Control", the title track of Branigan's third album, took the world by storm. The song became her biggest international hit, topping the charts in several countries and was an anthem on radio and dancefloors across the world, most notably West Germany, where it spent 7 weeks at number one. Another version of "Self Control", recorded few months earlier in 1984 by the song's co-writer Raffaele Riefoli (under the name Raf), held the West German number two spot during this time period; outside of Raf's native Italy, Branigan's version enjoyed more success. Raf (born Raffaele Riefoli on September 29, 1959 Margherita di Savoia, Italy) is an Italian popular singer. ...


Other pop, dancefloor and adult contemporary hits from Branigan's Self Control album include the melodic electro-pop of "The Lucky One" (which won her a Tokyo Music Festival prize), the continental ballad "Ti Amo" (another Umberto Tozzi's Italian hit, and a #2 smash in Australia) and the club hit "Satisfaction." The album also featured an uncharacteristically understated version of Carole King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"; as a counterpoint to all the disco production, this was a stripped-back piano version. In concerts and television appearances throughout her career, Branigan accompanied herself on the piano for the song. That year, her live show was recorded twice: once for a syndicated radio concert series, and a second time for a concert video. Laura was also nominated for an award at the American Music Awards of 1985 for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist (Cyndi Lauper won the award). // Pop/Rock Category Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist Lionel Richie Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Cyndi Lauper Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group Daryl Hall & John Oats Favorite Pop/Rock Album Purple Rain - Prince Favorite Pop/Rock Single Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen Favorite Pop/Rock Video Hello... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and Theater actress. ...


By the time of Branigan's fourth album, 1985's Hold Me, "Self Control" had swept the world, and territories that had not previously embraced her began to release her earlier material, from South America to the Middle East to the Pacific Islands. Lead single "Spanish Eddie" was her sixth U.S. top 40 hit in two and a half years, but failed to enter the U.S. top 20. The story was different around the world, however, as her newest hit followed its predecessors up the charts in Europe, South Africa, and South America. Subsequent release "Hold Me" was a U.S. top 40 dance hit and her introduction of the rock ballad "I Found Someone" (cowritten by Michael Bolton) scored even higher on the Adult Contemporary chart, but neither song was supported by a music video and stalled in the lower reaches of the pop charts. Hold Me is the fourth album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ...


Touch, which was released in 1987, marked a change in Branigan's career. Under new management and using different producers, Branigan took a more active role in her work and in the studio. Touch saw her return to dancefloors with the Stock/Aitken/Waterman-produced "Shattered Glass," one of her best Hi-NRG performances. The album also included a return to the Billboard top 40 with her cover of Jennifer Rush's "The Power Of Love," which closed out the year as one of the top 20 bestselling singles of the Christmas season for Branigan. Branigan's high-impact version of the now widely-covered ballad featured an extraordinary key change in the final chorus (lifting the pitch and power of Branigan's voice even though she was already, seemingly, at the top of both). Her performance is emotionally charged, but might be viewed by some as altering the focus of the song (lyrically it is a positive love song, but Branigan's vocal hints at heartache). The album's third single, "Cry Wolf," was the album's most organic production (featuring an orchestra, real drums, and emotive vocals) and while it did not capture attention at pop radio, it was a top 30 Adult Contemporary hit. The ballad was recorded two years later by Stevie Nicks, and more recently by writer Jude Johnstone. Another achievement on this album was her rendition of Shirley Ellis's "The Name Game" which added layers of atmospheric synthesizers and Branigan's vocal stylizing. This version of the song culminates with several key changes and the sound of a chorus of children singing with Branigan. Stock, Aitken & Waterman, sometimes known as SAW, are a British songwriting and record producing trio who had great success during the mid-late 1980s and early 1990s with many of their productions. ... Hi-NRG (High Energy) is a type of electronic dance music which emerged and then became popular in nightclubs in the early 1980s. ... Jennifer Rush on the Cover of Jennifer Rush is an American singer, best known for the million-selling single The Power Of Love (1985). ... Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over twenty Top 50 hits. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shirley Ellis, soul music singer and songwriter, was born circa 1941 in the Bronx of New York City and is best known for her hits The Name Game (1965) and The Nitty Gritty (1963). ... The Name Game, or The Banana Song, is a childrens singalong rhyming game that creates variations on a persons name. ...


During the height of her career, Branigan also made acting appearances, first in 1981 in An American Girl in Berlin for German television, and then after the success of "Gloria," guest appearances on American television series such as CHiPs, Automan and Knight Rider. She would later do independent films such as Mugsy's Girls (aka Delta Pi, 1985) with the venerable Ruth Gordon, and the Australian film Backstage. 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. CHiPs is an American television series produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (licensee by Turner Entertainment) that aired on NBC from September 15, 1977 to July 17, 1983. ... Automan was a U.S., science fiction, superhero, television series produced by Glen A. Larson. ... For the American media company, see Knight Ridder. ... This article is about the year. ... Ruth Gordon (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985) was an American actress and screenwriter who was perhaps best known for her role as the oversolicitous neighbor in Roman Polanskis adaptation of Ira Levins novel Rosemarys Baby, for which she won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Supporting... Backstage is a 1988 Australian film starring American singer Laura Branigan. ... For other uses, see Dr Pepper (disambiguation). ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... For other uses, including the Chrysler Brand, see Chrysler (disambiguation). ...


An artist maturing

Branigan's 1990 self-titled album brought the singer back to the tops of the Hi-NRG charts and gay clubs with "Moonlight On Water" and scored another Top 30 Adult Contemporary hit with "Never in a Million Years." Continuing her more active role in studio production, Branigan added production to her list of credits with her cover of Vicki Sue Robinson's disco-era "Turn the Beat Around" and the atmospheric "Let Me In". It also included "Unison," which was the title track for Celine Dion's English debut CD in the same year. The album's closing track, a wistful and subdued cover of Bryan Adams' "The Best Was Yet To Come", was both produced and arranged by Branigan herself. The singer's 1990-1991 concert tour was filmed for a syndicated U.S. television show, SRO in Concert, which was also released on videocassette and laserdisc. GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... Moonlight On Water was the first single lifted from Laura Branigans self titled album in 1990. ... This article is about the musician. ...


Branigan's seventh album, 1993's Over My Heart, was her most personal and eclectic album, seeing the singer again try her hand at producing, alongside Phil Ramone, as well as writing and arranging. The album, which included a cover of Roxette's song "The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye", featured mature personal themes of transcendence over the loss of a loved one, the nature of commitment and coming to terms with life after a significant relationship was a sadly ironic presaging of the turn of events her own life would take. Not long after the album's release, Branigan left the music industry in 1994 to spend more time with her husband, Larry Kruteck, following his diagnosis with colon cancer. Over My Heart is the seventh album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... Phil Ramone is a violinist, composer, recording engineer, and innovative record producer born in 1934. ... Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, sometimes rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. ...


During these years, Branigan's chart success cooled stateside, though she was still in demand around the world and went on several global tours. She remained especially popular in Australia, South Africa and Chile, where she began the first of several invitational performances in the late-evening slot of the Viña Del Mar music festival, televised live before an audience of thousands from an open-air arena in the coastal resort city. Branigan had several official hits collections released in South America, Japan, Germany and South Africa (where, in that country alone, she had warranted three separate volumes of hits collections by 1999); her native United States was the last territory to get its own greatest hits collection. This collection was released in 1995, the 13-track The Best of Branigan. This collection included two new covers, the shimmering "Show Me Heaven" written by Maria McKee and a cover of the Donna Summer hit "Dim All the Lights," which was also released in several remixes. The Best of Branigan was released in 1995 and was the first greatest hits collection of singer Laura Branigan that was issued in the United States. ... Show Me Heaven is a popular single by Maria McKee. ... Cover of self-titled debut album. ... Donna Summer (born Donna Adrian Gaines) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who gained prominence during the disco era of music. ... Dim All The Lights is a song by Donna Summer released as a single in the latter half of 1979. ...


Receiving rave reviews for her live performances, Branigan's voice (her vocal coach, Carlo Menotti, also coached such legendary vocalists as Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross) was surrounded on her albums by sharp, tight performances from some of the best studio musicians in the business. The likes of guitarists 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); drummer Carlos Vega; percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Lenny Castro; and guest vocalists including Joe "Bean" Esposito and backround vocalist including The Waters Sisters (Maxine & Julia), James Ingram, and Richard Page & Stephen George (Mr. Mister) were all repeat guests. Early producers included Jack White, Mathieson, Buchanan and Faltermeyer. As her stature grew, she attracted Grammy-winning producers including Phil Ramone, Richard Perry and David Kershenbaum. Successful foreign artists sought to work with her, and she performed duets with Australian megastar John Farnham on the heels of his releasing the most successful Australian album to date, as well as Latin pop phenomenon Luis Miguel. She was also a favorite guest performer on several of the most popular talk and music shows of the day, with ultimately as much as a dozen appearances each on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, Dick Clark's American Bandstand and Solid Gold. Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969) was an Academy Award-nominated American film actress and singer, best known for her role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939). ... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Steve Luke Lukather (born Steven Lee Lukather on October 21, 1957 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA) is an American Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and guitar player, best known for his work with the rock band Toto. ... Toto was a Grammy Award winning American rock band founded in 1976[1] by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. ... Dann Huff (born 1960) is a well-known singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer. ... Giant is an American Rock band that was formed in 1987 by brothers Dann and David Huff. ... Michael Landau (born in 1958) is a pre-eminent session musician and guitarist who has played on albums since the early 1980s with artists as varied as Seal, Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona, James Taylor, Helen Watson, Wilson Phillips, Joni Mitchell, Richard Marx, Miles Davis and Vasco Rossi. ... Harold Faltermeyer (born October 5, 1952 in Munich) is a German musician and moreover composer. ... Robbie Buchanan is a Canadian keyboardist and songwriter. ... Nathan (Nate) East (born December 8, 1955, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a jazz bass player. ... Rufus was a 1970s funk music band, best known for launching the career of their lead singer Chaka Khan. ... Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paulinho DaCosta discovered his love for percussion at the tender age of five by exploring the different sounds of everything he could get his hands on. ... Lenny Castro is one of the most called upon freelancing percussionists in the studio recording industry in the Los Angeles area. ... Joe Bean Esposito, known as Bean, is an American singer/songwriter who had a successful career primarily in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Richard Page (born on May 16, 1953, in Keokuk, Iowa), was the lead singer and bassist in 1980s band Mr. ... Steve George (born on May 20, 1955 in Phoenix, Arizona) was the keyboard player for the 1980s band Mr. ... Mr. ... John Peter Farnham (born July 1, 1949) is an English-born Australian pop singer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. ... Mervyn Edward Merv Griffin, Jr. ... Dick Clark redirects here. ... Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... Solid Gold was an American syndicated television series which ran from 1980 to 1988. ...


Three of Branigan's hit singles later became even bigger hits for other famous singers: "I Found Someone" for Cher in 1987; "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" for Michael Bolton in 1989 (Bolton, as noted above, was the original writer of the song); and "The Power of Love", a power ballad co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1985, which Celine Dion took to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. I Found Someone is the name of a song written by Michael Bolton and Mark Mangold. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... How Am I Supposed to Live Without You is a song originally recorded by Laura Branigan in 1983 (after Air Supply turned it down). ... Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), better known as Michael Bolton, is an American singer-songwriter, known for his soft rock ballads and tenor vocals. ... The Power of Love is the name of a famous power ballad co-written and originally recorded by Laura Branigan number one on the UK singles chart in the process becoming the first single by a female soloist to sell a million copies in the UK, and is among the... Jennifer Rush on the Cover of Jennifer Rush is an American singer, best known for the million-selling single The Power Of Love (1985). ... This article is about the musician. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


In 2001, about to release remixes of her updated take on the 1980 ABBA hit, "The Winner Takes It All", as well as working on material for a new album, Branigan's bid to return to the stage was postponed when she broke both of her femurs in a fall from a ladder outside her Westchester County home. In 2002, she made only two performances as the "singing" Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis, before dropping out of the show. "I left Janis because the producers didn't file with Equity properly," she told the Sunday News in Lancaster, Pa. "I was sort of relieved. My voice isn't anything like Janis Joplin's, and there were 19 of her songs in the show."[1] Abba redirects here. ... The femur or thigh bone is the longest, most voluminous, and strongest bone of the mammalian bodies. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943–October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Love, Janis is a a collection, released in 2001, of Janis Joplins performances interspersed with readings of her personal letters to her family throughout her career. ... The Actors Equity Association (commonly simply Equity) is the trade union of American theatrical performers and stage managers. ...


Also in 2002, her second official stateside hits collection, The Essentials: Laura Branigan was for some a boon, with the inclusion of the long out-of-print "I Found Someone." The singer continued compiling material for a new album, and began to see the value in new media and the internet. In 2004, after she was made aware of an ongoing debate in fan circles concerning Branigan's surmised affiliation with the website laurabranigan.com, she publicly named her sole official website as laurabraniganonline.com, and wrote letters to the public and her fans on her official website to clarify her position that she had never at any time had any affiliation or relationship with laurabranigan.com and/or its owner, thus definitively ending the so-called "website debate".[2] With her public statements clearing the air and demystifying the issues, she embarked on a new direction, taking production control of her new material outside of traditional recording companies, and forged a partnership that aligned management, production, and public relations/Internet presence under one roof, named Other Half Entertainment, the name significant to the singer's long-standing comments that her fans were her "other half". I Found Someone is the name of a song written by Michael Bolton and Mark Mangold. ...


Death

Laura Branigan died suddenly at her home on Long Island, New York, on August 26, 2004. Her death was attributed to a previously undiagnosed brain aneurysm. It was reported she had been experiencing headaches for a few weeks before her death, but did not seek medical attention. Branigan was cremated, and her ashes were distributed over Long Island Sound. This article is about the island in New York State. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A cerebral or brain aneurysm is a cerebrovascular disorder in which weakness in the wall of a cerebral artery or vein causes a localized dilation or ballooning of the blood vessel. ... The crematorium at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath, England. ... New York City waterways: 1. ...


Legacy

In 2005, her management company organized a memorial for her friends and fans held on the anniversary of her death near the Long Island home in which she was caring for her mother at the time of her death. Following its initial success, the "Spirit of Love Memorial Gathering" remains an annual event in celebration of her life and the legacy of her passionate vocal performances and the heartfelt connection she made with her fans, whom she consistently referred as "my other half."


Beginning in 2006, after a concerted effort among Branigan's management/production company and her fan base (which to this day remains a very active and vocal part of her legacy), two new greatest hits compilations were completed with Rhino/WEA. The Platinum Collection was an 18 song compilation designed primarily for the UK market, and included all the major hits as well as tracks such as "Silent Partners", "Satisfaction", "All Night With Me", and "If You Loved Me", which were relatively new additions to Branigan hits compilations. In 2007, the 1995 "The Best Of Branigan" was re-released as part of Rhino's 2007 "Greatest Hits" series of CDs.


Controversy

In 1984 MTV initially refused to air the music video for Branigan's "Self Control", which was directed by William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist (one of the first music videos to have been directed by a major motion picture director). MTV cited that the reason for the ban was because the original version was too sexually suggestive and risqué for public airing. After the record label provided an edited version, the network added this revised video to its rotation. William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Academy Award-winning American movie and television director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The Exorcist and The French Connection in the early 1970s. ... The Exorcist is an Academy Award-winning 1973 American horror film, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two...


Discography

This article presents the discography of pop/rock artist Laura Branigan. ...

Hit singles

Year Title U.S.
Hot 100
U.S.
AC
U.S.
US Dance
U.S.
Cashbox
U.S.
ARC Weekly Top 40
UK IRE CAN CAN
AC
DEU South Africa AUS Austria France SCH SVE Dutch Top40
1981 "Looking out for Number One" - - 60 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1982 "All Night with Me" 69 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1982 "Gloria" 2 28 4 1 1 6 4 1 2 - 9 1 - 8 - - -
1983 "Solitaire" 7 16 28 8 6 - - 8 8 - - 5 - 9 - - -
1983 "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" 12 1 - 13 10 - - - 1 - - 46 - - - - -
1984 "Self Control" 4 5 2 5 2 5 2 1 1 1 1 3 1 3 1 1 7
1984 "The Lucky One" 20 13 10 22 16 56 29 53 6 33 - 48 - 5 21 - -
1984 "Ti Amo" 55 22 - 54 38 100 - 5 5 - - 2 - - - - -
1984 "Satisfaction" - - 24 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1985 "Spanish Eddie" 40 29 26 37 32 87 - 34 36 6 24 8 - - 11 -
1985 "Hold Me" 82 - 39 79 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1986 "I Found Someone" 90 25 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1987 "Shattered Glass" 48 27 13 51 - 78 - - - 43 - 60 - 8 26 - -
1987 "Power of Love" 26 19 - 29 17 - - - - - - - - - - - -
1988 "Cry Wolf" - - - - - - - - - - - 98 - - - - -
1990 "Moonlight on Water" 59 - 44 (#4NRG) 58 - - - 83 - - - - - 6 - - -
1991 "Never in a Million Years" - 22 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1995 "Dim All the Lights" - - 36 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2004 "Self Control 2004" - - 10 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Awards

Year Award Category Song Result
1982 Grammy Awards Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female "Gloria" Nomination
1983 Grammy Awards Album of the Year "Imagination" (Flashdance soundtrack) Nomination
1983 Grammy Awards Best Soundtrack "Imagination" (Flashdance soundtrack) Won 1
1984 Grammy Awards Best Soundtrack "Hot Night" (Ghostbusters soundtrack) Nomination
1984 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist "Self Control" Nomination
1984 Tokyo Music Festival Grand Prix Award for Best Vocal Performance "The Lucky One" Won

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Gold and Platinum records

Country Format Title Award Certification date
Canada Single "Gloria" Gold December 1, 1982
Canada Album Branigan Gold January 1, 1983
Canada Single "Gloria" Platinum January 1, 1983
U.S Single "Gloria" Gold January 7, 1983
U.S Album Flashdance soundtrack Gold June 17 1983
U.S Album Flashdance soundtrack Platinum June 17, 1983
U.S Album Branigan Gold August 2, 1984
U.S Album Self Control Gold August 6, 1984
U.S Album Ghostbusters soundtrack Gold August 15, 1984
U.S Album Ghostbusters soundtrack Platinum August 23, 1984
U.K Album Self Control Silver September 1, 1984
U.K Single "Self Control" Silver September 26, 1984
U.S Album Flashdance soundtrack Multi-Platinum (5 million) October 12, 1984
Canada Album Self Control Gold November 11, 1984
Canada Album Self Control Platinum November 11, 1984
Germany Single "Self Control'" Gold 1984
U.S Album Branigan 2 Gold September 18, 1985
Germany Album Self Control Gold 1993
U.S Album Self Control Platinum May 3, 1995
U.S Single "Gloria" Platinum May 3, 1995
U.S Album Flashdance soundtrack Multi-Platinum (6 million) June 21, 1996

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Filmography

Movies

Title Credit Year Released
Flashdance Soundtrack, songs, "Imagination," "Gloria" 1983
Touched Song, "Find Me" 1983
Ghostbusters Soundtrack, song, "Hot Night" 1984
Body Rock Soundtrack, song, "Sharpshooter" 1984
Mugsy's Girls Actress, Monica 1985
Violets Are Blue Song, "One Day" 1986
Backstage Actress, Kate Lawrence 1988
Coming to America Soundtrack, songs, "Come Into My Life" Duet with Joe Esposito, "Believe In Me" 1988
Salsa Soundtrack, song, "Your Love" 1988

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U.S. television

Title Credit Year
CHiPs (NBC) Series, song, "A Love Until The End Of Time" 1982
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Network) Special, float performer, "Gloria" 1982
Saturday Night Live (NBC) Series, musical guest, songs "Gloria," "Living A Lie" 1982
In Love With An Older Woman (Network) Movie, theme song, "Don't Show Your Love" 1982
CHiPs (NBC) Series, actress, Sarah; songs, "Gloria," "Down Like A Rock" 1983
Love Is Forever (NBC) Movie, title song, "Love Is Forever" 1983
An Uncommon Love (Network) Movie, theme song, "The Lucky One" 1983
A Solid Gold Christmas (Syndicated) Special, performer, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"/"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" 1983
Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve (ABC) Special, performer, "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" 1983
Automan (ABC) Series, actress, Jessie Cole; songs, "Gloria," "Hot Night," "Satisfaction" 1984
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (NBC) Series, songs, "Self Control," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (performed live w/Doc Severinsen & The NBC Orchestra) 1984
Rock Rolls On (Syndicated) Special, co-host and performer, "Self Control," "The Lucky One" 1984
Miami Vice Series, Song, "Self Control" 1984
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (NBC) Series, songs, "Spanish Eddie"," "Forever Young" 1985
Cover Story (USA Cable) Celebrity bio series, 1 episode devoted to Laura interview, behind the scenes footage, videos 1985
Night of 100 Stars II (Network) Special, production number 1985
Hollywood Wives (ABC) Miniseries, title song, "Hollywood Wives" 1985
Disney's Living Seas (ABC) Special, on-camera performer/composer, song, "If I Were A River" 1986
Record Guide '88 (Syndicated) Music series, 1 episode devoted to Laura interview, videos 1988
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (NBC) Series, songs, "Reverse Psychology"," "Never in a Million Years" 1990
SRO: In Concert (Syndicated) Hour-long concert series, 1 episode devoted to Laura live in Atlantic City 1990
Monsters (Syndicated) Anthology series, actress, Amanda 1991
Baywatch (Syndicated) Series, soundtrack; end credits song, "I Believe" 1994
The RuPaul Show (Cable) Series, performer, "Gloria" 1998

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Other notable work

Theater

Title Credit Year
Love, Janis (Off-Broadway, NYC) Singer, Janis Joplin 2002

Love, Janis is a a collection, released in 2001, of Janis Joplins performances interspersed with readings of her personal letters to her family throughout her career. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Video games

Title Credit Year Released
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Soundtrack, songs, "Self Control" 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Soundtrack, songs, "Gloria" 2006

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ Crisp, Marty. "Laura Branigan learns the answer to her pop query." Sunday News (Lancaster, Pa.). Aug. 18, 2002.
  2. ^ http://www.laurabraniganonline.com/main/lfl.php/

External links

  • Laura Branigan at the Internet Movie Database
  • Laura Branigan at Allmovie
  • Official Website
  • Billboard news story: Singer Laura Branigan Dies At 47
Persondata
NAME Branigan, Laura
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer
DATE OF BIRTH July 3, 1957
PLACE OF BIRTH Armonk, New York
DATE OF DEATH August 26, 2004
PLACE OF DEATH East Quogue, New York
For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... Branigan is the first album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... Branigan 2 is the second album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Discipline is any training intended to produce a specific character or pattern of behaviour, especially training that produces moral or mental development in a particular direction. ... Hold Me is the fourth album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Laura Branigan is the sixth album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Over My Heart is the seventh album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). ... The Best of Branigan was released in 1995 and was the first greatest hits collection of singer Laura Branigan that was issued in the United States. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Armonk is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of North Castle in Westchester County, New York. ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... East Quogue is a hamlet (and census-designated place) located in Suffolk County, New York. ...

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