Laura Branigan Biography
Born: 3 July 1952 in Mount Kisco, Westchester County, New York, USA.
Died: 26 August 2004 in Long Island, New York, USA (aged 52).
Laura Branigan studied at Byram Hills High School in Armonk. She graduated June 1970.
Laura Branigan studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan between 1970-1972.
Branigan's recording career began in 1972 with a group called Meadows, resulting in the forgotten release "The Friend Ship", but her solo career took off when Ahmet Ertegun and Doug Morris signed her to Atlantic Records in 1979. Laura Branigan toured with Leonard Cohen as backing singer for his 1st European tour. Her first LP for Atlantic, "Silver Dreams", remains unreleased due to a Contract Lawsuit with her management at the time, although a promo track Looking Out For Number One became a small club hit.
Her first commercial release All Night With Me charted at no 62, but her next release, a remake of Umberto Tozzi's Gloria led to worldwide acclaim, getting to no 2 in the USA, and the top ten in most other territories, earning Branigan the first of many nominations for a Grammy, amongst other awards. Branigan's music was heavily influenced by the singers she admired, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Nicks, and like Donna Summer she used European producers, arrangers and musicians (notably Jack White and Harold Faltermeyer) to create a eurodisco style with an American twist, whilst most of her big hits, Gloria, Solitaire Self Control, Power Of Love, were originally European compositions.
Although she had chart success with singles from her first three albums (the single Self Control gaining no 4 in the USA and Britain and No 1 in Germany), and had contributed tracks for Hollywood films ("Imagination" on Flashdance - Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture, "Hot Night" on Ghostbusters (Original Soundtrack Album) and "Sharpshooter" on Body Rock (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)), Branigan's subsequent albums were not well received by the record buying public, as she became eclipsed in the pop world by the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion and others.
Branigan's fans fell into 2 camps, with her MOR ballads appealing to a conservative crowd, but her up-tempo eurodisco/Hi-NRG-AOR soft rock/disco tracks ensuring she always had a large gay following. Indeed, she recorded two tracks, a cover of Ellie Warren's Shattered Glass and Hazell Dean's Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) with Stock, Aitken & Waterman for her 5th album,Touch. Her powerful voice with its 4 octave range was suited to both queen of heartbreak ballads in a similar vein to Abba's Agnetha Fältskog, to booming anthemic Hi-Nrg/AOR rock.
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