Laura Branigan (1952-2004) was an American singer-songwriter. Having been active since the 1970's, she is best known for her string of hits
during the 1980's, including 1982's "Gloria" off of her debut, and 1984's "Self-Control". She also had 6 hit singles, as well as contributing to the
soundtracks of blockbusters such as Flashdance (1983), Ghostbusters (1984) and Baywatch (1994). She was made famous by
her raspy alto voice which spanned 4 octaves. Though she stopped recording in the '90s, she did a few tours in the late 90's and early 2000's.
She died on August 26, 2004, of a previously undiagnosed cerebral aneurysm.