Today on a new installment of the Vinyl Resting Place – the first full year of MTV and the last year for rock and roll. We count down the top 45 (well – almost) 45’s of 1982. Today’s twist – we count up – from #1 to – well – as close as we can get to 45… here’s a sampling of what they were listening to in 1982….Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Paul McCartney, Survivor, J. Geils Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Toni Basil, Journey, Rick Springfield, Laura Branigan, Quarterflash, Stevie Wonder, Cars, Neil Diamond, Air Supply and so many more . . . Join Willie B today at 12pm and check the schedule for encore times.
Laura Ann Branigan (July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is best remembered for her 1982 Platinum-certified hit “Gloria” and for the Top Ten single “Self Control“. Branigan is also remembered for the Top 10 “Solitaire” and for the number-one Adult Contemporary hit “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You“, as well as several other US Top 40 hits. As well as her music, she was also known for her powerful, husky alto singing voice which spanned four octaves.
Branigan also contributed songs to notable motion picture and television soundtracks, including the Grammy and Academy Award-winning Flashdance soundtrack (1983), the Ghostbusters soundtrack (1984), and the Baywatch soundtrack (1994), as well as having songs featured in the popular Grand Theft Auto video game series.
Her signature song “Gloria” stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, at the time a record for a female artist. The song holds a place in the top 100 singles of both 1982 and 1983.
Branigan died at her home in East Quogue, New York, on August 26, 2004, of a previously undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm. She was 47 years old. (Source: Wikipedia)