After touring as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen, Laura Branigan signed with Atlantic Records after auditioning for their chairman, Ahmet Ertegun. Her first single, "All Night With Me," stalled at #69 in the US, but her next single, "Gloria," was a winner. She had an impressive run of hits over the next few years, including "Self Control
," which went to #4. That one was also a cover of an Italian song co-written by Giancarlo Bigazzi.
Branigan's output slowed in the '90s, and in the '00s she took stage work, starring as Janis Joplin in the 2002 off-Broadway musical Love, Janis
. In 2004, she died of a brain aneurysm at 52.