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Back2Stonewall’s Sunday Tea Dance Flashback 1982 – 1983: Laura Branigan “Gloria” and “Solitaire”

Laura Branigan is best remembered for her 1982 Platinum-certified hit “Gloria” which US Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks in 1982. 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.

One of the most vivid memories I have attributed to one of her songs is that of a drag queen performing it on Saturday night to a packed dance floor at the Anvil in NYC and throwing hundreds of playing cards across the room into the crowd.

Sadly Laura Branigan died in her sleep at her lodge in East Quogue, New York, on August 26, 2004. The cause was attributed to a previously undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm. It was reported in the media that she had been experiencing headaches for several weeks before her death but did not seek medical attention. Her ashes were scattered over Long Island Sound.



Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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