Let's remember Laura Brannigan.
Years of life 1952 - 2004.
Laura Ann Brannigan the singer, composer and even a little bit actress (some roles in the movies and on TV), who has a unique five-octave mezzo-soprano voice, became one of the idols of the youth in the 80ties all over the world and was very loved by the people. Even though the popularity of this singer died out twenty years ago, her songs are familiar to today's generation - including the gamer generation, but I won't get ahead of myself - and she still captures the hearts of listeners.
Laura Brannigan's voice is hard to mistake for anyone else's. Her range combined with the incredible, yet precisely controlled power of her voice simply blew the listener away. She put emotion into every note and genuinely experienced what she was singing about. As the singer herself put it: "I want to touch people's hearts to get to their souls."
Laura began her career as a backing vocalist for Leonard Cohen, but wanted to do more with her life. Laura's powerful talent, as well as her determination and perseverance, led her to a multi-album deal under the Atlantic Records label, which was founded by American music industry legend Ahmet Ertegün, a music producer with Turkish roots. Laura was one of Ertegün's favorite, if not his favorite, singer. He very often spoke of her as one of his "greatest finds."
I first heard Laura when she was singing live at my brother Nesuhi's apartment, where we went because he had a really nice piano. I knew right away that she had a great voice for pop music, in the classical sense. Laura had an instinctive feel for music and melody, and her performance was sensational. Everyone in the Atlantic knew we had a winner in this young girl, and she came up with big hits that will be remembered for years to come. I think Laura was one of my best acquisitions and I am proud to have had such a great singer in my recording career. We miss her very much.
Quoted by Ahmet Ertegün, 2005.
Laura's first major appearance on the pop scene was her dance anthem "Gloria" which broke out in 1982. The platinum hit single became the singer's calling card. The track is from Laura's debut album, Branigan (Gold). "Gloria" climbed to the top of the Billboard charts, and continued to stay there for thirty-six weeks. Laura received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Vocalist.
This song is a remake. The original version was written in Italian by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi. For the Brannigan version, the lyrics were written by Trevor Veitch, a highly sought-after composer and songwriter in the 60s and 80s.
Laura Branigan's first and second albums - Branigan (1982) and Branigan 2 (1983) - were pretty damn good, but the singer's third album was even better, as it included the girl's most popular song "Self Control" (the album bears the same title).
As in the case of "Gloria", "Self-Control" is actually a remake of an Italian song with a slightly rearranged arrangement and lyrics in English. And, as with Gloria, "Self-Control" only became known to the world after Laura Brannigan performed it.
But you know, I want to point out that Brannigan's performance of both songs does sound much better than the original (with all due respect to the Italian singers). It's just that Branigan somehow manages to perform them in a way that no one else could surpass. With some kind of inherent passion and a uniquely incredible voice all on her own.
The video for the song "Self-Control" was directed by the American director William Friedkin, famous for such films as "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection". The director is also referred to as one of the masters of the "thriller" genre, which is actually evident in the clip. Thus, the experience of "The Exorcist" was very useful for him. The video of the song "Self-Control" is, in fact, an erotic thriller, filmed so well that it was even banned at one time.
Other less famous, but not less remarkable songs are, for example, "Spanish Eddie", "Solitaire", "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You".
Especially underrated in my opinion is "The Lucky One". In the video for this song, Laura Branigan portrays a gas station operator girl who dreams of becoming rich and living in a country manor where servants will teach her manners of social life. The servants are the gas station boss and his girlfriend. "The Lucky One" is the second single from her third studio album "Self Control". It was a minor hit in the United States, reaching number 10 on Billboard.
In addition to her gift of voice and emotional expression in her music, Laura demonstrated a warm, caring spirit - she gave concerts at various charities, helped provide a South African orphanage and even joined the fight for AIDS awareness.
Along with the release of her second album, Laura recorded the song "Imagination" specifically for the soundtrack of the film Flashdance, aka Flashdance (1983). The film included two songs by the singer, the second song was "Gloria".
The next collaboration with Hollywood was the song "Hot Night" in the movie "GhostBusters" (1984) and the movie series "Automan".
Also in the movies were such songs of the performer as "Come into My Life" which Laura Brannigan sang together with Joe Esposito - Coming to America / Coming to America, 1988. The song "Sharpshooter" - Body Rock 1984. Song "Your love" - Salsa, 1988. Duet with David Hasselhoff "I Believe" - Baywatch / Baywatch, (1989-2001).
Not so much with video games - only two. But what a bunch! Since "Self Control" is one of the most popular songs of the 80s, it wouldn't be fair if it didn't make it into the most popular game whose events unfold in the 80s. That's why Rockstars not only licensed it for the Flash FM radio station in Vice city, but also inserted an excerpt of this song in the game's anniversary trailer.
popular song of the singer "Gloria" was included in the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, where the events also take place in the 80s.
Laura Brannigan was a unique, gloriously gifted singer who had an unbridled passion for life.
Laura Branigan lived through her music and through wonderful memories of her family, friends and fans around the world. She strived to create a personal connection with her fans, and she largely succeeded in doing so, touching lives in a very meaningful way, making everyone feel as if she was singing just for them. Laura's fans are found in every country, and they remain very devoted to her even after her passing. Laura Brannigan passed away very early at the age of 47. It can be said that fans of her work will remember her forever young. At heart, she always remained a cheerful girl, as her relatives say. And that is how we remember her. The ever-younger, ever-repeatable Laura Brannigan.
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