Laura Ann Branigan (July 3, 1952[nb 1] – August 26, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her signature song, the platinum-certified 1982 single “Gloria“, stayed on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, then a record for a female artist, peaking at No. 2. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada. Gloria original version was by Italian singer songwriter Umberto Tozzi and reached great success in Italy and Europe in 1979. In 1984, she reached number one in Canada and Germany with the U.S. No. 4 hit “Self Control“, which was released by Italian singer and songwriter RAF, the same year. She also had success in the United Kingdom with both “Gloria” and “Self Control” making the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.
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