Laura Branigan

Laura Ann Branigan

Also known as Branigan, Лора Бранигън, Лора Бренигън, L. Branigan, Laura Brannigan
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Discography of Laura Branigan:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Self Control 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
2 Self Control (Extended Version) 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
3 Self Control 10 Audio 1984 Atlantic
4 Self Control (Classic Summer Mix) 3 Audio 1992 Atlantic
5 The Lucky One 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
6 Self Control 2004 5 Audio 2004-01-00 Dance Street
7 Moonlight On Water 3 Audio 1990 Atlantic
8 Moonlight On Water 2 Audio 1990 Atlantic
9 The Lucky One (Dance Mixes) 3 Audio 1984 Atlantic
10 Self Control (Full Length Version) 2 Audio 1984
11 Dim All The Lights (The Stonebridge Mixes) 5 Audio 1995 Atlantic
12 Gloria 2004 6 Audio 2004 Dance Street
13 Gloria 2 Audio 1982 Atlantic
14 Touch 11 Audio 1987 Atlantic
15 Self Control 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
16 Self Control 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
17 Gloria 2004 4 Audio 2004 Dance Street
18 Self Control 2004 6 Audio 2004 Dance Street
19 Self Control 2004 / Gloria 2004 5 Audio 2004 Dance Street
20 Gloria 2 Audio 1982 Atlantic
21 Self Control (Classic Summer Mix) 1992 3 Audio 1992 Atlantic
22 Self Control 4 Audio 1984 AMIGA
23 Remember Me 7 Audio 2005 Dance Street
24 Self Control 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
25 Laura Branigan 10 Audio 1990 Atlantic
26 Hold Me 10 Audio 1985 Atlantic
27 The Lucky One 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
28 Ti Amo 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
29 Shattered Glass 3 Audio 1987 Atlantic
30 Self Control Classic Summer Mix 1992 2 Audio 1992 Atlantic
31 Satisfaction 2 Audio 1984-11-00 Atlantic
32 Satisfaction / Ti Amo 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
33 Laura Branigan 10 Audio 1990 Atlantic
34 Self Control / Gloria 2 Audio 1989 WEA Musik GmbH
35 Self Control (Remix) 2 Audio 2005 All Nite Music USA
36 Love Your Girl 4 Audio 1993 Atlantic
37 Self Control 2 Audio 1984 Atlantic
38 Solitaire / If You Loved Me / Squeeze Box 3 Audio 1983 Atlantic
39 Self Control 3 Audio 1984 Atlantic
40 Shattered Glass / Statue In The Rain 3 Audio 1987 Atlantic
41 Hold Me 10 Audio 1985
42 Self Control 2 Audio 1984
43 Gloria 2 Audio 1982 Atlantic
44 Self Control 10 Audio 1984 Atlantic
45 Self Control 10 Audio 1984 Atlantic
46 Hold Me (Vocal/New Extended Remix) 3 Audio 1985 Atlantic
47 Gloria 2 Audio 1982 Atlantic
48 Maybe Tonight 2 Audio 1985 Atlantic
49 Shattered Glass 2 Audio 1987
50 Solitaire 2 Audio 1983-04-00 Atlantic

American recording artist, and singer.

Born: 3 July 1957 in Brewster, New York, USA.

Died: 26 August 2004 in Long Island, New York, USA (aged 47).

Laura Branigan studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan during the mid 1970s.

Branigan's recording career began in the mid 70s with a group called Meadows, resulting in the forgotten release "The Friend Ship", but her solo career took off when [a=Ahmet Ertegun] and [a=Doug Morris] signed her to [l=Atlantic] Records in 1980, after she had toured with [a=Leonard Cohen] as backing singer for his "Death Of A Ladies Man" world tour. Her first LP for Atlantic, "Silver Dreams", remains unreleased due to a Contract Lawsuit with her management at the time, although a promo track [r=1200555] became a small club hit.

Her first commercial release [r=1534719] charted at no 62, but her next release, a remake of [a=Umberto Tozzi]'s [r=573708] led to worldwide acclaim, getting to no 2 in the USA, and the top ten in most other territories, earning Branigan the first of many nominations for a Grammy, amongst other awards. Branigan's music was heavily influenced by the singers she admired, [a=Donna Summer], [a=Aretha Franklin], [a=Gladys Knight], [a=Stevie Nicks], and like Donna Summer she used European producers, arrangers and musicians (notably [a=Jack White] and [a=Harold Faltermeyer]) to create a eurodisco style with an American twist, whilst most of her big hits, [r=320669], [r=1617185] [r=330720], [r=1174614], were originally European compositions.

Although she had chart success with singles from her first three albums (the single [r=836951] gaining no 4 in the USA and Britain and No 1 in Germany), and had contributed tracks for Hollywood films ("Imagination" on [r=353726], "Hot Night" on [r=435013] and "Sharpshooter" on [r=1200543]), Branigan's subsequent albums were not well received by the record buying public, as she became eclipsed in the pop world by the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion and others.

Branigan's fans fell into 2 camps, with her MOR ballads appealing to a conservative crowd, but her up-tempo eurodisco/Hi-NRG-AOR soft rock/disco tracks ensuring she always had a large gay following. Indeed, she recorded two tracks, a cover of [a=Ellie Warren]'s [r=1204279] and [a=Hazell Dean]'s [r=143813] with [a=Stock, Aitken & Waterman] for her 5th album,[r=1587550]. Her powerful voice with its 4 octave range was suited to both queen of heartbreak ballads in a similar vein to Abba's [a=Agnetha Fältskog], to booming anthemic Hi-Nrg/AOR rock.

After the release of her seventh album [r=1534707] for Atlantic in 1993, Branigan semi-retired from the music industry to care for her husband, suffering from cancer. In the mid-late 90's she returned with a compilation [r=748747] which included two new tracks, covers of [a=Maria McKee]'s "Show Me Heaven" and Donna Summer's "Dim All The Lights", the video of which comes complete with over the top drag queens. From then on she was to record very little new material.

In 2002 Branigan appeared on stage as [a=Janis Joplin] in "Love, Janis" and earned rave reviews. She appeared to go back into the studio to record a few tracks [r=1602371], a cover of [a=Abba]'s [r=1620798], but she died suddenly in her sleep from a brain aneurysm. [l=Dance Street] Records in Germany rushed out a small compilation [r=455939] soon after her death, which also included new club remixes of "Gloria" and "Self Control".

Alongside her recording career, Branigan landed acting parts in films (Mugsy's Girl in 1985, Backstage in 1988) and in TV shows including Chips and Monsters (1991).

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