I will survive Gloria Gaynor
Song Title: I will survive
Artist: Gloria Gaynor
Date of release: October 23, 1978
Description: ” I will survive ” is by Gloria Gaynor, the American singer. The song was written by Dino Fekaris, who also produced the song and Freddie Perren, who was also the co-songwriter and co-producer of songs that became huge like ” Boogie fever ” by the Sylvers and ” Shake your groove thing ” by Peaches & Herb.
” I will survive ” was released by record label Polydor on the 23rd of October 1978 and taken from Gloria’s sixth Album ” Love Tracks “.
The song was originally released by Polydor as a B-side for a song cover version of The Righteous Brothers ” Substitute “, however a song with the same name had already been a Worldwide hit for Clout, a South African girl-group.
” I will survive ” became a monster hit when a Boston Disco Radio DJ called Jack King flipped the record and started playing the B-side. He recalled being stunned by the song he was hearing, he said ” I couldn’t believe they were burying this monster hit on the B-side”, he added “I played it and played it and my listeners went nuts!”.
At the time Gloria had just lost her crown as the disco Queen after being crowned ” Queen of the discos ” by the National Association of discoteque disc Jockeys at Manhattan in 1975.
A new Queen had emerged by the name of Donna Summer and had knocked Gloria off the perch, Gloria’s career slowed down to a crawl.
Along with the young Donna appearing gloria suffered setbacks in her personal life, she took a fall at a show in Europe and was hospitalized and needed spinal surgery.
At the same time as her fall and time in hospital Gloria’s mother passed away, compounding the problems the singer was already experiencing.
After emerging from hospital Gloria teamed up with Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren to work on a new Album, ” Love Tracks “. They released ” Substitute ” as the first single, however Gloria preferred the B-side because of the inspirational lyrics the song contained.
The empowering anthem was different to the usual disco single out there, the song was unique for the reason that Gloria didn’t have backing singers on the song, usually disco singles had a heavily produced sound with more voices and a much faster speed and pitch.
The uniqueness of this disco classic might have been lost had ” I will survive ” been released as an A-side, at the time the song would have had a remix and undergone the usual disco treatment.
In the video that accompanied the single, a skater performs various moves to the song. The video was shot at a New York discothèque named Xenon, the skater was Sheila Reid-Pender of Harlem in New York who skated as part of a skating group called The Village Wizards.
” I will survive ” was to become a huge commercial success, in the United States after heavy airplay in 1979 the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and held that position for three weeks, the song spent 27 weeks on the chart.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart and reached number one for a month, the song spent 9 weeks in the top ten and a total of 15 weeks on the UK chart.
In 2016 ” I will survive ” was deemed to be “culturally, historically, or artistically significant ” by the Library of Congress in the US and added to the National Recording Registry for preservation.
The song is also considered to be one of the most famous and popular empowering songs ever written and is used by the Gay community as an unofficial Anthems.
” I will survive ” has gone down in history as the most performed song at Karaoke ever and continues to fill floors at wedding receptions the World over.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 5, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 17, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 7, Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1, Canadian RPM Disco Singles 2, Canadian RPM Top 15 12inch 5, Canadian RPM Top Singles 3, Finnish Singles Chart 3, France (SNEP) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 7, Irish Singles Chart 1, Italy (FIMI) 9, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 4, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 5, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 10, Norway (VG-lista) 4, South African Chart 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 7
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