Although she started off as a straight R&B singer, Gloria Gaynor achieved stardom when she tapped into the mid-70s disco scene. Her 1975 album Never Can Say Goodbye was aimed squarely at the dance floor, with the 19-minute medley on the first side quickly becoming a club staple. The title track remained Gaynor’s biggest hit until she released chart-topper I Will Survive in 1979. That track has since become a feminist and gay rights anthem and is still played regularly in clubs. With a career spanning three decades, Gaynor has continued to release albums into the new millennium, with different degrees of success, and has enjoyed a minor acting career.
Followers: Sister Sledge, Gwen McCrae
Influenced By: Diana Ross, Tom Moulton...