.

Singer Laura Branigan Dead

Gloria singer suffered brain aneurysm

August 30, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Singer Laura Branigan, who scored her first hit with her 1982 song "Gloria," died of a brain aneurysm Thursday at her New York home. She was forty-seven.

Branigan began her career as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen before releasing her 1982 self-titled, solo debut. The album featured "Gloria," a remake of a Seventies Italian pop song, that propelled her to the top of the charts and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocalist. Branigan received four Grammy nominations throughout her career.

Branigan spawned a handful of successful singles over the course of her seven albums. Her second record, 1983's Branigan 2, included "Solitaire," which peaked at Number Seven, and the Michael Bolton cowritten "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You." Her other hits included 1984's "Self Control" and "Spanish Eddie."

Her work also appeared on movie soundtracks including "Imagination," her Grammy nominated contribution to the Flashdance soundtrack. And Branigan dabbled in acting from her guest stint on CHiPs to roles in films Delta Pi and the drama Backstage.

During the Nineties, Branigan teamed with David Hasselhoff to record a duet, "I Believe," which appeared on the Baywatch soundtrack. She returned to the studio in 2001 and hit the stage that year to portray Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical, Love, Janis. In 2002, Branigan issued The Essentials, a greatest hits collection.

Branigan is survived by her mother, two brothers and a sister.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com