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Love Tracks Gloria Gaynor (Polydor, 1978)

Disco superstar Gloria Gaynor started her music career as a singer with Soul Satisfiers, a jazz/pop band in the 1960s. By 1965, she had released her first single under her own name. In 1975, she released her debut album, Never Can Say Goodbye and her career was made. It was the second single, Never Can Say Goodbye that gave her her first hit on the Hot 100 chart and her first top ten hit (it peaked at #9). Never Can Say Goodbye also became the first song to top Billboard’s dance chart. It wasn’t until 1979 and her sixth album that she returned to the top 10.

On Love Tracks was a little ditty that went on to sell about 1 million copies, was certified double platinum and remains one of disco’s most popular anthems — I Will Survive, which was originally intended to be the B-side for a cover of the Righteous Brothers’ Substitute, until it was flipped. I Will Survive topped the Hot 100, Billboard’s dance chart and in the UK and peaked at #4 on the Billboard R&B chart.

Gaynor has released 14 more albums, the most recent being a gospel album, We Will Survive in 2013. Gaynor continues to tour worldwide off the strength (and enduring love) for I Will Survive.


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