Laura Braniganwas born on July 3, 1957 and died on August 26, 2004. Laura was a an American singer and actress from Brewster, New York. Laura’s first singing job was singing backup vocal for Leonard Cohen, and they toured throughout Europe. She signed up with Atlantic Records in 1979. Laura had a strong alto voice so the and a four octave range so the recording studio was not sure how to classify her music style. Her first single was a ballad called, All Night With Me, and it hit number 69 on the Billboard charts in 1982. Later she released her debut album, Branigan, which was a nine song album. The album contained 4 up beat songs and 5 ballads. One of the singles, I Wish We Could Be Alone, was written by Laura. It was one of the few songs that she did write. In 1983, Laura released her 2nd album called, Branigan 2. Laura’s debut recording of the song, How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, hit the Top 10 on the ARC Weekly Top 40 Pop Charts and was at number 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 3 weeks. The movie, Flashdance, contained 2 of her songs on the soundtrack. The songs were, Gloria, and Imagination.
Laura released many albums and singles and was awarded 6 different awards for her contributions in the music industry during her lifetime. Laura occasionally did some acting appearances. In 1981, she appeared in An American Girl in Berlin, for German television. She also made guest appearances on American television in shows such as, Chips, Automan, and Knight Rider. She later appeared on independent films such as Mugsy’s Girls. She also sang on national television and and also in radio campaigns for products such as Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola, and Chrysler. They sponsored her 1985- 1986 tour. In 2001, Laura was going to return to the stage to perform but her plans were postponed when she broke both of her femurs when she fell off of a ladder outside of her home in Westchester home. She made a comeback in 2002 as Janis Joplin and appeared in an off Broadway musical called, Love, Janis. In 2004, she made a final return to the Billboard Top 10 charts with Dance Singles Sales.
Laura died suddenly on August 26, 2004, because of a brain aneurysm. Her father and paternal grandfather had previously died with the same problem. In 2005, her friends and fans held a memorial for her on the anniversary of her death and held the memorial near the Long Island home where she was caring for her mother at the time of her death.
Laura released a total of 19 albums, 12 U. S. Gold and Platinum records, involved with 9 movies, performed 25 songs for television shows, 2 music videos, and some singles.
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