Laura Ann Branigan (July 3, 1952 – August 26, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is best known for her 1982 Platinum-certified hit “Gloria” and for the number-four single “Self Control”. Branigan is also remembered for the Top 10 “Solitaire” and for the number-one adult contemporary hit “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”, as well as four other US Top 40 hits.
Branigan also contributed songs to notable motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack (1983), the Ghostbusters soundtrack (1984), and the Baywatch soundtrack (1994), as well as having songs featured in the popular Grand Theft Auto video game series.
Branigan died at her home in East Quogue, New York, on August 26, 2004, of a previously undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm.
Gloria by Laura Branigan
Laura Branigan – Didnt We Almost Win It All
Laura Branigan – Forever Young (amazing vocals!)
Laura Branigan “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”
In a completely unrelated but sometimes confused issue, interestingly enough, Berlin’s – Take My Breath Away, the theme song from Top Gun was, was not done by Laura Branigan but rather written and performed by Berlin. Watching the live performance by Berlin is better than the Top Gun trailer in making you connect with the song. Beautiful stuff.
And it just seems like I have to include this one too
Flashdance What a Feeling (with actress Jennifer Beals) song by Irene Cara
(Note the obligatory water splash scene around 1:25 seconds in. You know you remember it.)
[NOTE: Edited Laura Branigan’s birth date thanks to a note from Stig-Åke Persson. Sometimes Facebook is awesome when people help you get the fact right! Oct 30, 2015]