Gloria Gaynor Celebrates 30th Anniversary of "I Will Survive" in Month of March

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"The song represents the tenacity of the human spirit. We all have survived something in life - relationships, divorce, death, illnesses, marriages, accidents, - and we will all continue to survive these things."

was #1 during the 1979 energy crisis, people want to dance and take their minds off the tough times. The song not only is a great dance song, but it has a message of hope and survival.

March 2009 will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of the world's greatest anthem's, "I Will Survive". The song was recorded in 1978 by Gloria Gaynor while in a back brace and was released by Polydor in early 1979 as a 'B' side song of 'Substitute'.

The song climbed to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 Charts and claimed the #1 position on two different occasions in March of 1979. Little did Gloria Gaynor know, the song would grow into the banner for social and personal survival which is still relevant after three decades of international airplay. The song itself has survived in various forms and has been re-recorded over 200 times by various artists such as Gladys Knight, Chantay Moore, Diana Ross and Cake..

When asked why she thinks it is STILL popular among those from 2 to 102, and Gaynor quips, "The song represents the tenacity of the human spirit. We all have survived something in life - relationships, divorce, death, illnesses, marriages, accidents, - and we will all continue to survive these things." The song's anniversary comes at quite the opportune time as 2009 ushers in hope and change for our country and the world. "Dance music and feel-good music has always thrived in economically challenged times, "I Will Survive" was #1 during the 1979 energy crisis, people want to dance and take their minds off the tough times. The song not only is a great dance song, but it has a message of hope and survival." explains Gaynor.

Next week, Gaynor re-releases the single, "I Will Survive" along with a Spanish version of the song.

Trivia Regarding "I Will Survive"

  • In 1980, the song won a Grammy for Best Disco Song in 1979
  • It has been included in over 50 movie and TV soundtracks.
  • In 2000 VH-1 honored Ms. Gaynor with the number one spot during their countdown of the Top 100 Dance Records of All Time. In 2005 Gloria was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony that took place in New York City.

•The song was originally released as the "B" side of the single, "Substitute"

  • It has been re-recorded over 200 times by various artists such as Gladys Knight, Chantay Moore, Diana Ross and Cake
  • #1 Karaoke Song Worldwide

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