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button.gif (123 bytes) : July 3, 1957 - August 26, 2004
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Gloria" (1982)
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BIGGEST LP: Self Control (1984)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) "I want to touch people's hearts, to get right down to their souls." - Laura Branigan, 1983

 
TIMELINE

Laura Braniganbutton.gif (123 bytes) Laura Branigan was born in New York on July 3, 1957 just outside New York City. Although a performance career was never something Laura wanted in her childhood, her lead role in a senior play in high school quickly changed her mind and her future. In the mid-70s, Laura attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

The 1970's...

button.gif (123 bytes) Laura was a former backing vocalist with Leonard Cohen in the late 70s and toured with him throughout Europe. By 1977, Laura had determination to become a solo artist and 2 years later was signed with Atlantic Record. A change in managers resulted in a breach-of-contract lawsuit, but it didn't deter Laura from becoming one of the biggest female pop artists of the decade.

1982...# 35 Singles Artist of the Year

Laura Branigan - Branigan button.gif (123 bytes) Laura's first big appearance on pop radio was with the single "Gloria" which became a huge #1 hit and the staple song of her career. The track came from Laura's debut LP, Branigan. Although "Gloria" took several weeks to become a hit, once it did, the song remained on the charts several months. Another track from the LP, "All Night With Me," was a minor hit before "Gloria" hit big. Laura received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female ("Gloria").

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit the Top 40 with "
Gloria" from the LP Branigan.

November
Laura Branigan - "Gloria" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit the Top 10 with "Gloria."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit
#1 for a week with "Gloria."

1983...# 17 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Laura Branigan - Branigan 2button.gif (123 bytes) Laura was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance - Female ("Gloria").

button.gif (123 bytes) Laura released Branigan 2, and had 2 more Top 10 hits with "Solitaire" (in May) and "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" (hitting the Top 40 in August).
button.gif (123 bytes) Laura could also be heard on the
Flashdance soundtrack with "Imagination."

April
Laura Branigan - "Solitaire" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit the Top 40 with "Solitaire" from the LP Branigan 2.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit the
Top 10 with "Solitaire."

August
Laura Branigan - "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit the Top 40 with "How Am I Suppose To Live Without You" from the LP Branigan 2.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit the
Top 10 with "How Am I Suppose To Live Without You."

1984...# 25 Singles Artist of the Year

button.gif (123 bytes) Laura released Self Control and got as high as #2 with "Self Control." Laura also had hits with "The Lucky One" and "Ti Amo."

June
Laura Branigan - "Self Control" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Laura hit the Top 40 with "Self Control."
from the LP
Self Control
ARC chart run: 32 - 27 - 21 - 16 - 10 - 7 - 6 - 4 - 2 - 6 - 14 - 24 - 25 - 39 - off
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

1985...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Laura was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Video Artist.

button.gif (123 bytes) Hold Me was released with the Top 40 hit "Spanish Eddie" and hits "I Found Someone" and "Hold Me."

1987...# 120 Singles Artist of the Year

Laura Branigan - Self Controlbutton.gif (123 bytes) Touch was released and the first single "Shattered Glass" was a minor hit. The second single "The Power Of Love" returned Laura to the Top 20.

1988... # 136 Singles Artist of the Year

1990...

button.gif (123 bytes) The release of Laura Branigan spawned a minor hit with "Moonlight On Water."

1993...

Laura Branigan - Touch.button.gif (123 bytes) Over My Heart was released..

1994...

button.gif (123 bytes) Laura could be heard dueting with actor David Hasselhoff on the Baywatch soundtrack with "I Believe."

1995...

June
The Best Of Laura Braniganbutton.gif (123 bytes) Laura release a greatest hits collection called The Best Of Laura Branigan which Q magazine hailed as "...a hugely appealing belter of a voice... with distinctly epic and sometimes even moving qualities..."

button.gif (123 bytes) Laura's acting credits have included guest shots on television's CHiPs and the films Mugsy's Girl (1984) and Backstage (1988). Laura also appeared on German television in An American Girl In Berlin (1981).

2004...

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Laura died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 47 on August 26th. Laura died in her sleep and her family reported she had been experiencing headaches for a few weeks before her death, but did not seek medical attention.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 165 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.



LPs
LINKS
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Gloria

from the LP
Branigan
1(1) 19 1982 Laura Branigan - "Gloria" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
2 Self Control

from the LP
Self Control
ARC chart run: 32 - 27 - 21 - 16 - 10 - 7 - 6 - 4 - 2 - 6 - 14 - 24 - 25 - 39 - off
2 14 1984 Laura Branigan - "Self Control" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
3 Laura Branigan - "Solitaire" (Single)Solitaire
Branigan 2
6 13 1983 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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LYRICS ]
4 Laura Branigan - "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" (Single)How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
Branigan 2
10 12 1983 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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LYRICS ]
5 The Power Of Love
Touch
17 10 1988 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
LYRICS ]
6 The Lucky One
Self Control
16 8 1984 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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LYRICS ]
7 Spanish Eddie
The Best Of Laura Branigan
32 3 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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LYRICS ]
8 Ti Amo
Self Control
38 1 1984 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  All Night With Me
Branigan
** ** 1982 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
LYRICS ]
  Hold Me
Hold Me
** ** 1985 [ LYRICS ]
  I Found Someone
Hold Me
** ** 1986 [ LYRICS ]
  Shattered Glass
Touch
** ** 1987 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
LYRICS ]
  Moonlight On Water
Laura Branigan
** ** 1990 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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LYRICS ]
 
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