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CNN Since it was released in , "I Will Survive" has been the ultimate breakup anthem, empowering both men and women that despite heartbreak, they will survive. But in the chaos surrounding coronavirus , the song has taken on a different yet perfectly fitting purpose with the queen of disco, Gloria Gaynor herself, taking the lead. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos
There was always music in my childhood home, but only my brothers sang in public. Then one day, aged 13, I was singing to myself in the hallway of our building. I thought it was the radio.
Her grandmother lived nearby and was involved in her upbringing. Her father played the ukulele and guitar and sang professionally in nightclubs with a group called Step 'n' Fetchit. Gloria grew up a tomboy: she had five brothers, and one sister. Her brothers sang gospel and formed a quartet with a friend. Gaynor was not allowed to sing with the all-male group, nor was her younger brother Arthur, because Gloria was a girl and he was too young. Arthur later acted as a tour manager for Gaynor. The family was relatively poor, but Gaynor recalls the house being filled with laughter and happiness, and the dinner table being open to neighborhood friends.