Disco versions of Jazz Standards!
After spending many years travelling up and down the U.S. East Coast performing in clubs, Gloria Gaynor was signed in 1971.
Her debut, Never Can Say Goodbye, was released four years later in 1975 and featured the title track as well as Reach Out, I’ll Be There. The album charted, but sales were relatively modest.
In the same year, she released her follow-up, Experience Gloria Gaynor. Here we find Bacharach‘s Walk On By as well as jazz standard How High The Moon.
In 1976, Gloria released her third album, I’ve Got You. The tune I’ve Got You Under My Skin is a single from it, which has to be heard to be believed (playlist above!).
In 1977, Gloria continued her crusade of recording jazz standards to disco beats. On her album Glorious, we hear a unique version of As Time Goes By.
In the same year, we find her signature song on the album Love Tracks as she finally nails it with I Will Survive. Funnily enough, she had to fight for it to be released as a single.
Initially, the label only released it as a B-side. Gloria’s husband had to reach out to Studio 54’s DJ Richie Kaczor, who in turn convinced other DJs and radio stations to follow suit.
Anyway, once I Will Survive gained momentum, and the label released it as an A-side, it charted worldwide, selling a combined 3 million copies in the U.S. and U.K., making Gloria Gaynor a household name.
In 1980, I Will Survive received a Grammy for Best Disco Recording, a category the organisation only had that year, perhaps due to the Disco Sucks movement that soon followed.
Gloria Gaynor’s tunes | Related pages
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
You can learn how to play Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli using chords, lyrics, and the original recording.
| E | E | Emaj7 | Emaj7 |
You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you…
Every Breath You Take
You can learn how to play Every Breath You Take by The Police using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.
| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every breath you take, and every move you make…
I Will Survive
You can learn how to play I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.
| Am | Dm7 |
At first I was afraid, I was petrified…
Reach Out I’ll Be There
You can learn how to play Reach Out I’ll Be There by the Four Tops using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, TAB, and the original recording.
| Abm7 Gb/Bb | Db | Abm7 Gb/Bb | Db |
Now if you feel that you can’t go on, because all of your hope is gone…
You can learn how to play Wonderful World by Sam Cooke using chords, lyrics, and the original recording.
| B | G#m |
Don’t know much about history…
You’re All I Need To Get By
You can learn how to play You’re All I Need To Get By by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell using chords, lyrics, and the original recording.
| A | B/A |
(You’re all I need to get by) Like sweet morning dew, I took one look at you…