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Gloria Gaynor Interview

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Gloria Gaynor is an American singer, best-known for the disco era hits "I Will Survive" , "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Let Me Know (I Have A Right)", and "I Am What I Am". She was born in Newark, New Jersey.
2009 will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of the world?s greatest anthem?s, ?I Will Survive?. The song was recorded in 1978 by Gloria Gaynor while in a back brace and was released by Polydor in early 1979 as a ?B? side song of ?Substitute?. The song climbed to the top of Billboard?s Hot 100 Charts and claimed the #1 position on two different occasions in the spring of 1979. Little did Gloria Gaynor know, the song would grow into the banner for social and personal survival which is still relevant after three decades of international airplay. The song itself has survived in various forms and has been re-recorded over 200 times by various artists such as Gladys Knight, Chantay Moore, Diana Ross and Cake.. When asked why she thinks it is STILL popular among those from 2 to 102, and Gaynor quips, ?The song represents the tenacity of the human spirit. We all have survived something in life ? relationships, divorce, death, illnesses, marriages, accidents, ? and we will all continue to survive these things.? The song?s anniversary comes at quite the opportune time as 2009 ushers in hope and change for our country and the world. ?Dance music and feel-good music has always thrived in economically challenged times, ?I Will Survive? was #1 during the 1979 energy crisis, people want to dance and take their minds off the tough times. The song not only is a great dance song, but it has a message of hope and survival.? explains Gaynor.