So sehr hat sich die Sängerin verändert

Mit „I Will Survive“ gelang Gloria Gaynor ein Welthit. Danach wurde es ruhig um die Disco-Sängerin. Doch auf der Bühne steht sie natürlich immer noch.

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This song was given a lucky break when a Studio 54 DJ flipped to the B-side of “Substitute”, a Righteous Brothers cover. During a time when most disco hits were heavily produced, this track stood out for it’s clean and minimalistic approach.

A couple years before this song came out, Gaynor had been propelled into the blossoming disco genre thanks to the success of her 1975 album The “Substitute” record was meant to be capitalize on that success. Popular disco songs of that era relied on their production—pitched up vocals, background singers, and a sped-up tempo. This song was minimalist by comparison and that unique quality helped the song succeed.

The song was written and produced by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren. Perren had traded in his Motown credentials for disco (he was a successful songwriter that worked along Motown legend Berry Gordy.). By the late seventies Perren and Fekaris (who’d also racked up some notable Motown credits ) teamed up to create this song. There is a rumor that Fekaris wrote this song after being fired from Motown Records. He saw one of his songs on TV, and felt reinvigorated.

Gaynor herself had a reason to sing a song about survival. She suffered a major fall on stage which left her with a broken back and spent six months in the hospital recovering. She was recording this song in a back brace. Gaynor said it changed her perspective and gave her a new reason to sing an anthem like this:

I began to have a spiritual awakening and decided that I wanted to have more purpose to my singing than people just having a good time… That’s why I chose ‘I Will Survive’ and I wanted to continue as often as possible to give them songs that would have positive impact on their lives.

This became the definitive song of Gaynor’s career, and she named her autobiography after it. It’s been covered over 200 times (and in different languages). The song was inducted into the Library of Congress for its enduring cultural significance—an honor only awarded to 25 songs in history. It was the first and only disco song to win a Grammy. When people ask Gloria if she’s bothered that her name is forever tied to this song, she responded to Billboard by saying:

From the beginning I recognized it was a timeless lyric that everyone could relate to, so I don’t get tired of singing it. I’m always freshening it up; changing the beat, the lyrics, modernizing the arrangement – I’ve even stuck a hip-hop section in the middle of it. I become 295% grade A ham when I do this song because people still love it.

if you can’t feel this song you just can’t feel anything…

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Gloria Gaynor

At first, I was afraid, I was petrifiedKept thinkin‘ I could never liveWithout you by my sideBut then I spent so many nightsThinkin‘ how you did me wrongAnd I grew strongAnd I learned how to get along

And so you’re back from outer spaceI just walked in to find you hereWith that sad look upon your faceI should’ve changed that stupid lockI should’ve made you leave your keyIf I had known, for just one secondYou’d be back to bother me

Well, now go! Walk out the door!Just turn around now’Cause you’re not welcome anymore!Weren’t you the oneWho tried to hurt me with goodbye?Did you think I’d crumble?Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no, not I! I will survive!Oh, as long as I know how to loveI know I’ll stay alive!I’ve got all my life to liveI’ve got all my love to giveAnd I’ll survive! I will survive!Hey, hey!

It took all the strength I hadNot to fall apartAnd trying hard to mend the piecesOf my broken heart

And I spent, oh, so many nightsJust feeling sorry for myselfI used to cryBut now I hold my head up high!

And you’ll see me, somebody newI’m not that chained up little personStill in love with you

And so you felt like droppin‘ inAnd just expect me to be freeBut now I’m savin‘ all my lovin’For someone who’s lovin‘ me!

Go on now! Go! Walk out the door!Just turn around now!’Cause you’re not welcome anymore!Weren’t you the oneWho tried to break me with goodbye?Did you think I’d crumble?Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh no, not I! I will survive!And as long as I know how to loveI know I’ll stay alive!I’ve got all my life to liveI’ve got all my love to giveAnd I’ll survive! I will survive!Oh

Go on now! Go! Walk out the door!Just turn around now!’Cause you’re not welcome anymore!Weren’t you the oneWho tried to break me with goodbye?Did you think I’d crumble?Did you think I’d lay down and die?

No, no, not I! I will survive!And as long as I know how to loveI know I’ll stay alive!And I’ve got all my life to liveAnd I’ve got all my love to giveAnd I’ll surviveI will survive!I will survive!

 Gloria Gaynor

“I Will Survive”: Gloria Gaynor wäscht sich zu Hit die Hände – und startet Challenge

Die rasante Ausbreitung des Coronavirus sorgt kaum für gute Nachrichten. Die 70 Jahre alte Discosängerin Gloria Gaynor bringt die Netzwelt aber mit ihrer “I Will Survive”-Challenge zum Schmunzeln. In einem Video aus ihrem Badezimmer zeigt sie, wie man richtig die Hände wäscht – nämlich mindestens 20 Sekunden, gründlich mit Seife und – natürlich – dem Refrain ihres weltberühmten Songs: “I Will Survive”.

Zu dem Video, das sie ursprünglich auf der Social-Media-Plattform TikTok postete, schrieb sie auf Twitter: “Es braucht nur 20 Sekunden, um zu überleben” und “iWillSurviveChallenge”. Andere TikTok-Benutzer machten das Video gleich nach und zeigten damit, wie wichtig die richtige Hygiene ist.

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 “I Will Survive”: Gloria Gaynor wäscht sich zu Hit die Hände – und startet Challenge