Gloria Gaynor (née Fowles; born September 7, 1943) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (1978), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (1979), “I Am What I Am” (1983), and her version of “Never Can Say Goodbye” (1974). In January 2020, she won her second Grammy Award in her career, 40 years after her first, for her roots gospel album Testimony.
When we come your way this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” from the fairgrounds of “The Big E” in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on the playlist will be: New Edition, Hall & Oates, Gloria Gaynor, AWB, Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers, the Gap Band, Kenny Loggins, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Elton John, the Whispers and others. The fun starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for your face, in the place for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s,” only on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Happy Independence Day. Happy Fourth of July to one and all. I hope the weather is good wherever you are, so you can go out and enjoy whatever activities you have planed. As for me, I’ll be indoors, polishing the dance floor and the disco ball and waiting for you to join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances” where for the holiday, the music will be all “Disco!” Once again I was reminiscing about the great disco emporiums that Cynthia and I and all the “Soul Brothers” from WWRL used to party the night away, back in the day. Places like of course, Studio 54, Leviticus, Regine’s, the Electric Circus, the Roxy, Roseland, New York, New York, Infinity and so many others. So, we’ll try our best to evoke those memories with music from the Trammps, the Weather Girls, the Village People, Donna Summer, the Commodores, M.F.S.B., Voyage, the O’Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Sylvester, McFadden & Whitehead and so many more. The party begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, following the encore performance of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. I think it’s gonna be a great Fourth of July Saturday, jam packed with fantastic music for the holiday. I took my “Platform Shoes” (I hope I don’t fall off of them) and my “Bell Bottom Trousers” and “Polyester Shirt” out of the closet and I am ready to get down and party like it’s 1976. Won’t you join me? In the words of the late Don Cornelius, “You Can Bet Last Money, It’s All Gonna Be A Stone Gas Honey” later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we go back to the “Disco.” The disco ball is shining, the dance floor is polished, and we’re gonna dance the night away with music by: Gloria Gaynor, the Village People, Donna Summer, the Trammps, Manu DiBango, the Joneses, Alicia Bridges, Tavares, the Bee Gees, Sister Sledge, Rick James and many many more. The party begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT following an encore of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. So put on your finest dancing shoes and meet me at the “Disco” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (R&B number 82, 1983).
Gaynor was a singer with the Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band, in the 1960s. As Gloria Fowler she recorded “Will You Be My Guy / Train Of Love” for a small Chicago label releasing a second single “She’ll Be Sorry/Let Me Go Baby” as Gloria Gaynor in 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. The album was instrumental in introducing disco music to the public, “Never Can Say Goodbye” becoming the first song to top Billboard magazine’s dance chart. Capitalizing on the success of her first album, Gloria Gaynor quickly released her second album, Experience Gloria Gaynor, later that same year. While this album was also successful, it was not quite as popular as her previous album in the mainstream.
Some of her lesser-known singles, due to lack of recurrent airplay — including “Honey Bee” (1974), “Casanova Brown” (1975), and “Let’s Make A Deal” (1976) — became hits in the clubs and reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s disco charts. After her 1976 album, I’ve Got You, Gaynor shifted from her hit production team, to work with other productions. While it seemed like a good move, her subsequent producers did not seem to match Gaynor’s vocal approach and style as well. (Source: wikipedia)
|1||I Will Survive|
|2||Never Can Say Goodbye|
|3||I Never Knew|
|4||How High the Moon|
|5||Reach Out I’ll Be There|
|6||Let Me Know (I Have a Right)|
|7||I Am What I Am|
|8||Walk On By|
|10||Real Good People|
|11||Anybody Wanna Party|
|12||(If You Want It) Do It Yourself|
|13||Mighty High (with The Trammps)|
|14||All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin’|
|18||Let’s Mend What’s Been Broken|
|19||Let’s Make a Deal|