Happy Birthday Gloria Gaynor

Happy Birthday to Gloria Gaynor born September 7, 1949.

As arguably the "first lady of disco," Gloria Gaynor has forged a successful three decade career almost exclusively devoted to high-powered, booming dance music. It has won for her international acclaim and one of the most recognizable songs of the past half century.

Happy Birthday to Gloria Gaynor born September 7, 1949.

As arguably the "first lady of disco," Gloria Gaynor has forged a successful three decade career almost exclusively devoted to high-powered, booming dance music. It has won for her international acclaim and one of the most recognizable songs of the past half century.

The New Jersey native signed with MGM Records in the early 70s and landed her first single with a 1974 dance remake of the Jackson Five's "Never Can Say Goodbye." The song hit the Pop top ten, but more importantly helped to thrust the emerging disco sound into the spotlight. With her powerful, deep voice, Gaynor appeared tailor-made for the burgeoning genre, and she belted out a number of disco hits over the next half decade, including "(If You Want It) Do It Yourself" and covers of "Reach Out, I'll Be There" and "Walk On By." However, Gaynor failed to garner much success on either the Pop or Soul charts after her first hit, and appeared to settling in as a niche club singer...

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