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You’ve Got To Have The Hits: Laura Branigan – Self Control
NEW YORK (RichTVX.com) — Since the Rich TVX News Network tends to program very different kinds of popular music, this strategy also captures a number of genres of music most popular among young people: Rap/Hip-hop, Trap, but also Italo-Disco music. The response, particularly from the target demographic — younger generation — was passionate. The younger generation is much better equipped than previous generations to discover good old music, thanks to the internet. Self Control is a song written by Giancarlo Bigazzi, Steve Piccolo and Raf. The song was covered the same year by American singer Laura Branigan. Her version first hit no. 1 in Germany on June 15, 1984. Raf’s version first hit no. 1 in Italy on June 23, 1984. Both versions of the song were popular across Europe during much of the summer of 1984 and were the most successful single of the year in Germany and Switzerland. Produced by Jack White & Robbie Buchanan, Branigan’s version peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and also went to no. 2 on the dance chart. The song has become one of the defining songs of the 1980s.
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Laura Ann Branigan 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.
Branigan’s “Gloria” was a cover song, written by Italian singer-songwriter Umberto Tozzi. It 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.
Seeing her greatest level of success in the 1980s, Branigan’s other singles included the Top 10 hit “Solitaire” (1983), the U.S. AC chart number one “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” (1983), the Australian No. 2 hit “Ti amo” (1984), her return to the top 40 “The Power of Love” (1987), the top hit 15 dance “Shattered Glass.“.
Her most successful album was 1984’s platinum-selling Self Control. She also contributed songs to motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack (1983), and the Ghostbusters soundtrack (1984), and also Miami Vice (1984).
In 1985, she won the Tokyo Music Festival with the song “The Lucky One“.
Her chart success began to wane as the decade closed and after her last two albums Laura Branigan (1990) and Over My Heart (1993) garnered little attention, she generally retired from public life for the rest of the 1990s.
She returned to performing in the early 2000s, most notably appearing as Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis. As she was recording new music and preparing a comeback to the music industry, she died at her home in August 2004 from a previously undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm.
Branigan and her music saw renewed popularity and public interest in 2019 in the US after “Gloria” was adopted by the NHL‘s St. Louis Blues as their unofficial victory song while they completed a historic mid-season turnaround to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, leading to the song entering ice hockey lore as an “unlikely championship anthem”. Branigan’s legacy manager and representative Kathy Golik embraced the trend and traveled to St. Louis to publicly represent Branigan among the Blues fanbase during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, later stating her belief that Branigan and “Gloria” “will forever be intertwined” with the Blues and the city of St. Louis.