If you are a Laura Branigan fan, a devotee of huge 1980’s brooches, Dr. Pepper or radio jingles of yore, this is the blog post for you. I assure you that no other piece on the internet integrates all of these elements as deftly and with as much enthusiasm as this second installment of “Obscure Laura Branigan.” Of course, Ms. Branigan was the Atlantic Records star of the 1980s whose breakout hit “Gloria” was one of the biggest songs of 1982. She followed it up with radio monsters like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” “Self-Control” and my personal fave, “Solitaire” (which put Diane Warren on the map.) I bet most Stargayzers don’t remember her incredibly caffeinated jingle for Dr. Pepper.
Sadly, Laura died way too young from cancer, but it gives me great pleasure to remember her here from time to time. She was a truly lovely person whose star shone quite brightly for a time. RIP, Laura.
woodyFebruary 15, 2013 at 1:31 am
🙂 Oh yeah! she did some shady things, “Mugsy’s Girls”?? Your next post should give us some recordings that she did that side-stepped the Braniganisms and were just really great vocal performances. I can think of two off-hand, both weepers: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “I Know You By Heart.” I’d be interested in the ones you love.
David MunkFebruary 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm
I promise to avoid “Braniganisms” in future OLB posts! Promise! And, yes, I love “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” But first I have to deal with this very visceral need to talk about “The Lucky One” video. Is it any wonder my blog is a niche experience? Thank God for you!