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Gloria Gaynor

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Newark, New Jersey, USA (1965 – present)

Gloria Gaynor (born Gloria Fowles 7 September 1949) is an American singer-songwriter born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. She is best-known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 #1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 #9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have A Right)” (Hot 100 #42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (Hot 100 #82, 1983). Some of her other hits include “I Never Knew”, “Just Keep Thinking About You”, “Last Night”, “Mighty High”, “Be Soft With Me Tonight”, “Strive”, “Let’s Mend What’s Been Broken”, “This Love Affair” , “Love Is Just A Heartbeat Away” and “Casanova Brown.”

Early career
Gaynor was a singer with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band, in the 1960s. Her first solo single was “She’ll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby” (1965).

Her first real success came in 1975 with the release of her album Never Can Say Goodbye, which established her as a disco artist. The first side of this album consisted of three disco songs (“Honey Bee”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”), with no breaks in between the songs. This 19-minute dance marathon proved to be enormously popular, especially at dance clubs. All three songs were released as singles via radio edits, and all of them became hits. This album was so instrumental in introducing disco music to the public, that many later believed that Gloria Gaynor had been the first artist to record disco music. “Never Can Say Goodbye” became the first song to top Billboard magazine’s dance chart. So, in that sense, she was the first.

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