GLORIA GAYNOR (Born & raised in Newark NJ)
The legacy continues with Grammy winning dance music legend and current Gospel vocalist Gloria Gaynor. Born Gloria Fowles, she grew up in a Newark, New Jersey household attuned to a wide range of music. In her mid-teens in 1965, she debuted as Gloria Gaynor with “She’ll Be Sorry,” a low-profile single produced and released by Johnny Nash (who had suggested the name change). After years of nightclub gigs and a brief stint with Columbia Records, Gaynor was scooped up by MGM in 1974 and recorded the disco version of “Never Can Say Goodbye,” first popularized by the Jackson 5 for Motown. “Never Can Say Goodbye” entered the pop chart in November of 1974 and peaked at number nine the following January of 1975. After MGM Records was acquired by Polydor, Gloria recorded her biggest hit, “I Will Survive”, which debuted on the pop chart in December 1978, topped it early the following year, and was awarded a Grammy for Best Disco Recording.