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Artist Countdown: Gloria Gaynor Top 20 Hits 6pm ET @gloriagaynor

gloria_gaynorGloria 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
9 Casanova Brown
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’
15 Honey Bee
16 Last Night
17 Substitute
18 Let’s Mend What’s Been Broken
19 Let’s Make a Deal
20 Tonight