About the song
If you grew up in the 80s, you probably remember the catchy pop song “Gloria” by Laura Branigan. But did you know that this song was actually a cover of an Italian hit by Umberto Tozzi? And that it has a fascinating story behind it? In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of “Gloria”, from its origins in Italy to its success in America and beyond.
“Gloria” was originally written by Italian singer-songwriters Giancarlo Bigazzi and Umberto Tozzi in 1979. It was a love song about a woman named Gloria who was elusive and mysterious. Tozzi recorded the song in Italian and released it as a single in 1979. It became a huge hit in Italy, reaching number two on the charts and selling over a million copies. It also charted in several other European countries, such as France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
In 1982, American singer Laura Branigan heard Tozzi’s version of “Gloria” while touring Europe. She was impressed by the song’s energy and emotion, but she didn’t understand the lyrics. She decided to record an English version of the song, with new lyrics written by Trevor Veitch. Veitch changed the meaning of the song from a love song to a story about a woman who is on the run from the law and her past. He also added some references to American culture, such as the FBI and Hollywood.
Branigan recorded “Gloria” for her debut album Branigan, which was released in 1982. The song was produced by Jack White, who gave it a more synth-pop sound than Tozzi’s original rock ballad. Branigan’s powerful vocals and charismatic performance made the song stand out from other pop songs at the time. The song was released as a single in August 1982 and became a smash hit in America. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for 36 weeks, which was a record for a female solo artist at the time. It also reached number one in Canada and Australia, and made the top ten in the UK and several other countries.
“Gloria” became Branigan’s signature song and one of the most popular songs of the 80s. It earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1983. It also appeared on several movie and TV soundtracks, such as Flashdance, Ghostbusters and Miami Vice. The song’s popularity was revived in 2019, when it was adopted by the NHL’s St. Louis Blues as their unofficial victory song during their historic run to win their first Stanley Cup.
“Gloria” is a song that transcends language barriers and cultural differences. It is a song that celebrates life, freedom and passion. It is a song that has inspired millions of people around the world. And it is a song that will always be associated with Laura Branigan, who sadly passed away in 2004 from a cerebral aneurysm. She left behind a legacy of music that will never be forgotten.