Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits; 'I Will Survive' (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), 'Never Can Say Goodbye' (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), 'Let Me Know (I Have a Right)' (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and 'I Am What I Am' (R&B number 82, 1983). Gaynor was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Queenie May Proctor and Daniel Fowles. Gaynor's grandmother always lived nearby and was involved in her upbringing. 'There was always music in our house,' Gaynor wrote in her autobiography, I Will Survive. She enjoyed listening to the radio, and to records by Nat 'King' Cole and Sarah Vaughan. Her father played the ukulele and guitar and sang professionally in nightclubs with a group called Step 'n' Fetchit.
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