Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor (actually Gloria Fowles, born September 7, 1949 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American disco singer.

  • 2.1 albums
  • 2.2 compilations
  • 2.3 Singles ( in the charts )


In the 1960s, she sang in the jazz / pop band Soul Satisfiers until it with She'll Be Sorry / Let Me Go Baby brought out her first solo single in 1965. This song was a rather moderate success and is also not included on the Best Of CD from the year 2000.

Your first real success came with the album Gaynor Never Can Say Goodbye, in 1975, the first side of the LP consisted of the three titles Honey Bee, Never Can Say Goodbye and Reach Out I'll Be There. ; between the pieces there were no breaks. This nearly 19 -minute dance marathon was often played in the clubs. She was the first singer who has recorded its own disco music album and the first order came out on top of the Billboard magazine charts. Spurred on by the success of their first album, Gaynor brought in the same year the successor Experience Gloria Gaynor in the record stores. Although it has also been played often, it did not approach the success of the previous album.

Some of their songs were never in the charts and were known only by frequent play in the clubs, this was true for example for Casanova Brown and Let's make a deal. Gloria Gaynor is thus one of the few artists worldwide, who played in the great halls, but only a few had hits in the charts. Your fan base is, however, more loyal and there are not a few who have traveled with her on her tours around the globe.


Gloria Gaynor reported until 1978 back in the charts. With the huge success I Will Survive she came in many international charts. This song, which appeared on the album Love Tracks, originally only the B- side of the single substitutes. But many DJs turned to the plate and playing I Will Survive. So the song has developed a momentum of its own from the ground out and became a surprise hit. Even today, the song is a standard in dance events, and still the song is a symbol of the gay movement. The emancipation movement of the 60s and 70s called the song about a woman who is becoming estranged from her former lover, from their anthem.

At this great success they could never build. She tried to sit in the aftermath of numerous feature tracks, eg The show tonight with Doc Severinsen trumpeter. In the years 1980 and 1981, she released two albums, which were completely ignored both by the experts and by the DJs.

A year later, 1983, the album Gloria Gaynor was published, the one, albeit small, fan base was at least in the disco scene. On this album they coverte with the song America itself that was a remake of the hit I Will Survive, but in which some rows have been changed in order to present their "new" Christian worldview. So she changed the line " It took all the strength not to die " in " Only the Lord can give me the strength not to die " from.

In 1984, Gloria Gaynor with their title I am what I am from the album I am Gloria Gaynor a plant in the world, which found supporters in the gay scenes anywhere in the world and they made ​​an idol of transsexuals. This song was composed originally by Jerry Herman for the musical La Cage aux Folles.


After 18 -year break, she returned in 2002, releasing a new album. The two singles Just Keep Thinking About You and I Never Knew rose in the American dance charts at No. 1

In 2005, exactly 30 years after the release of their first single, it was included with their life's work and the Evergreen I Will Survive in the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Despite her status as a gay icon the professing Christian Gloria Gaynor criticism drew up, as she stated on 13 July 2007 in an interview for a BBC program to estimate their popularity among homosexuals due to the fact that they have this so to Jesus Christ could result. The multiple repeated questions of the journalist to her personal relationship between faith and gay fan base dodged Gaynor, as is the question of whether they understand homosexuality as a sin.

On May 8, 2007, she visited Germany in the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and gave a performance in front of staff and patients.

In February 2011, she was honored for her life's work with the Golden Camera.




Singles ( in the charts )