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Laura Branigan


Pop singer and celebrity Laura Branigan was created in 1957 within the upstate NY city of Brewster. It wasn’t until her mature season in senior high school that Branigan considered seeking a musical profession, after she arrived a lead function in a college musical, which resulted in her acceptance on the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NEW YORK with the middle-’70s. Branigan after that signed on being a support vocalist for Leonard Cohen, as she toured the planet using the renowned vocalist/songwriter through the entire late ’70s; leading to the vocalist landing a documenting contract on her behalf very own with Atlantic Information. But a breach-of-contract lawsuit resulted after Branigan transformed management, which organized work commencing on her behalf solo debut. With all problems sorted out by the first ’80s, Branigan was today free to start her solo profession, as her debut, Branigan, was released in 1982. The record spawned among the year’s best pop strikes, the Donna Summer-like “Gloria,” a remake of the Italian pop music through the ’70s that peaked at quantity six within the U.K. and number 2 within the U.S. (the music also gained Branigan her to begin four following Grammy nominations for Greatest Pop Vocal Efficiency Woman). The song’s recognition reached substantial proportions in other areas of the globe, especially Germany, where in fact the Branigan edition of “Gloria” sat at the main position as the unique Italian edition held the quantity two place. 1983’s Branigan 2 spawned another two sizeable U.S. strike singles with “Solitaire” and “How Am I Likely to Live Without You” (the second option which was co-written by way of a then-unknown Michael Bolton), while she also made an appearance within the strike soundtrack to Flashdance that same yr with the monitor “Creativity.” Further albums had been issued through the remainder from the ’80s, 1984’s Self Control, 1985’s Keep Me, and 1987’s Touch, which spawned strike singles: the name monitor from Self Control, “The Lucky One,” “Ti Amo,” “Spanish Eddie,” “I CAME ACROSS Somebody,” the name monitor from Keep Me, “Shattered Cup,” and “THE ENERGY of Appreciate.” But, with the dawn from the ’90s, the strikes had dry out for Branigan, therefore albums as 1990’s self-titled discharge and 1993’s Over My Heart proceeded to go completely undetected. In 1994, Branigan dueted with David Hasselhoff over the monitor “I REALLY BELIEVE” for the Baywatch soundtrack, along with a calendar year afterwards, the singer’s initial strikes compilation, the 13-monitor THE VERY BEST of Branigan, was released. Furthermore to issuing albums, Branigan held her acting profession heading all along, as evidenced by visitor spots on it show CHiPS, the films Mugsy’s Gal (1984) and Backstage (1988), in addition to the German tv film An American Young lady In Berlin (1981). Branigan came back to the general public attention in 2002, making rave evaluations with her portrayal of Janis Joplin within the strike NEW YORK musical Like, Janis. On August 26, 2004 Laura Branigan experienced a mind aneurysm and passed away in her rest.

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Full Name Laura Branigan
Died August 26, 2004, East Quogue, Southampton, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Education American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Larry Kruteck
Parents Kathleen Branigan, James Branigan
Siblings Billy Branigan, Marc Branigan
Music Songs Gloria, Self Control, Power of Love, The Lucky One, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, Spanish Eddie, Shattered Glass, Solitaire, I Found Someone, All Night With Me, Never in a Million Years, Cry Wolf, Didn't We Almost Win It All, It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You, How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye, Satisfaction, Ti Amo, Maybe Tonight, Come Into My Life, Love Your Girl, Spirit of Love, Forever Young, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Turn the Beat Around, I Wish We Could Be Alone, Foolish Lullaby, Fool's Affair, Deep in the Dark, With Every Beat of My Heart, Mangwane, Silent Partners, Whatever I Do
Albums Branigan, Branigan 2, Self Control, Hold Me, Touch, The Best of Laura Branigan, The Very Best of Laura Branigan, Over My Heart, The Best of Branigan, The Essentials, The Platinum Collection, Shine On: The Ultimate Collection
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist
Movies Backstage, Mugsy's Girls, Love Is Forever

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1 She recorded her first album when joined the group Meadow at age 20. The album, "The Friendship," was released in 1973 on Paramount Records following the release of two singles in 1972, Here I Am and Cane and Abel. The record company failed to adequately promote the album, so after receiving little airplay, Meadow disbanded.
2 In recent years she continued to perform and record music and dated the drummer in her band, Tommy Bayiokos. But she spent most of her time caring for her mother, Kathleen, 83, who has Alzheimer's, while gardening and cooking for friends.
3 Atlantic records signed her in 1979.
4 She largely left the music industry in 1994 following her husband, Larry Kruteck, being diagnosed with colon cancer. He died in 1996.
5 She also performed the ballad "Sin Hablar", along with the worldwide famous Mexican singer Luis Miguel.
6 Music video for her single "Spanish Eddie" was a re-telling of West Side Story (1961).
7 After she died of a brain aneurysm in her sleep, her brother Marc Branigan said she had complained to a friend of having a continual headache for about two weeks before she died but she had not sought medical attention.
8 Had a unique five-octave range voice.
9 Known mostly for her smash hit songs like "Gloria", "Self-Conrol", "Solitaire", "How am I supposed to Live without You?", "The Lucky One", "The Power of Love", and "Spanish Eddie". She also did international tours, and unique music videos which were filmed in Britain, and other European countries.
10 Was originally announced as the singer of the theme for the Bond film, Octopussy (1983), by producer Albert R. Broccoli.
11 Toured Europe as a backing vocalist for Leonard Cohen in the late 70s.
12 Had a brother, Billy Branigan, who's a singer, writer and producer. They worked together on Laura's "Over My Heart" album.
13 Performed the last song on New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) with Dick Clark - "Shattered Glass," in 1987.
14 She broke both femurs when she fell 10 feet from a ladder whilst hanging wisteria outside her New York State home. [June 2001]



Doctors 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Le mirage 2015 performer: "Self Control"
Welcome to the Basement 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Guapas 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Killing 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Midnight Heat 2007 performer: "Self Control"
Everybody Hates Chris 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Dad! 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lather Effect 2006 performer: "Gloria"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006 Video Game performer: "Gloria"
Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game performer: "Self Control"
The Preppie Murder 1989 TV Movie performer: "Self Control"
Baywatch 1989 TV Series performer: "I Believe"
Coming to America 1988 performer: "Come Into My Life"
Salsa 1988 performer: "The Magic of Your Love"
Killer Party 1986 performer: "The Lucky One"
Violets Are Blue... 1986 performer: "One Day"
Hittimittari 1985 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Magic of David Copperfield VII: Familiares 1985 TV Special performer: "Breaking Out"
Hollywood Wives 1985 TV Mini-Series performer: "Hollywood Wives"
Miami Vice 1984 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Body Rock 1984 performer: "Sharpshooter"
Ghostbusters 1984 performer: "HOT NIGHT"
Automan 1984 TV Series performer - 1 episode
An Uncommon Love 1983 TV Movie "The Lucky One"
Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer 1983 TV Movie performer: "Gloria"
Flashdance 1983 performer: "Imagination", "Gloria"
Love Is Forever 1983 TV Movie performer: "Love Is Forever", "Passion and Valor"



Monsters 1991 TV Series Amanda Smith-Jones
Backstage 1988/I Kate Lawrence
Laura Branigan: Self Control 1984 Video short
Automan 1984 TV Series Jessie Cole
Delta Pi 1984 Monica
CHiPs 1983 TV Series Sarah



VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The RuPaul Show 1998 TV Series Herself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1997 TV Series Herself
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 1996 TV Series Herself - Jury Member / Herself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1985-1990 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1990 TV Series Herself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1982-1988 TV Series Herself
Die verflixte Sieben 1987 TV Series Singer
Supermodels of the World 1987 TV Movie Herself
The 13th Annual American Music Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Living Seas 1986 TV Movie Herself
Cap d'any a TV3 1985 TV Movie Herself
Cantantes y sonantes 1985 TV Series Herself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Herself
Nöjesmassakern 1985 TV Series Herself
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Herself
Champs-Elysées 1984 TV Series Herself
Solid Gold 1984 TV Series Herself - Host
On Stage America 1984 TV Series Herself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1984 1983 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Musikladen 1983 TV Series
The 10th Annual American Music Awards 1983 TV Special Herself
Saturday Night Live 1982 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest

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Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2015 TV Series Herself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 TV Special
Hittimittari 1984-1985 TV Series Herself

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1 I want to touch people's hearts, to get right down to their souls.

1 Many of her hits were English-language remakes of European hit songs, for the American market.
2 Had an onstage habit of brushing her hair back with one hand, while singing

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