Laura Branigan

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Laura Branigan
Birth name Laura Branigan
Born July 3, 1957(1957-07-03)
Brewster, New York, United States
Died August 26, 2004(2004-08-26) (aged 47)
East Quogue, New York, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 1978–2004
Labels Atlantic

Laura Branigan (July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004[1]) was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She was best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria". She also starred on several television shows. Branigan's songs were featured in soundtracks for the movies Flashdance and Ghostbusters.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Branigan was born on July 3, 1957 in Brewster, New York.[3] Her father was an account executive and mutual funds broker.[4] In 1975, she graduated from high school and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.[4]

Career[change | change source]

Branigan toured Europe as a backup singer with Leonard Cohen.[3] She started her solo career in 1982. Her first album, Branigan, was released in 1982.[5] A song "Gloria" from that album stayed on top of the pop charts for 36 weeks.[6] It reached number six on the British pop charts. It was a remake of an Italian song from the 1970s.[7] The song got her a nomination for a Grammy for best female pop singer.[6] She was nominated for three more during her career.[6] She released seven more albums.[1] She co-wrote the song How Am I Supposed To Live Without You? with a then unknown Michael Bolton.[7]

Personal[change | change source]

In 1981, Branigan met Larry Kruteck, an attorney, at a party in Manhattan.[8] They married that same year, when she was 24 years old and he was 44.[8] In 1994 her husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. She quit singing to take care of him full time. Kruteck died in 1996.[8]

On August 26, 2004, Branigan died of a brain aneurysm. She died in her sleep at her home in East Quogue, New York.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Laura Branigan, 47, Singer Of the Disco Hit 'Gloria'". The New York Times. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. Staff and Wire reports (30 August 2004). "Laura Branigan, 47; Grammy Nominee for 1982 Hit Song 'Gloria'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Laura Branigan". The Telegraph. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Laura Branigan Biography". Musician Guide/ Net Industries. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  5. Greg Prato. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Associated Press (30 August 2004). "Singer Laura Branigan Dies At 47". Billboard. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Singer Laura Branigan dies at 47". BBC News. 29 August, 2004. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 By Susan Horsburgh (6 May 2002). "Facing the Music". People Magazine/Time Inc..,,20136934,00.html. Retrieved 28 July 2015.