This is how "Gloria" became such a big deal for the St. Louis Blues

Laura Branigan's 1982 hit has become a 2019 hit in the Blues locker room

Tom Franklin
February 13, 2019 - 10:51 am

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Gloria, I think the Blues have got the league's number.

There's been a lot to celebrate with the St. Louis Blues lately. The Bluenote are on a seven-game winning streak and, since New Year's Day, sport a 13-4-1 record.

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But aside from entertaining hockey, fans have also noticed a blast from the past blaring in the Blues locker room after wins.

That's "Gloria" by Laura Branigan. Its considered by music fans as her signature song. It stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks and went platinum, with over a million copies of the single sold.

But how did it end up in the St. Louis Blues locker room?

It turns out that the Eagles/Cowboys NFC Wild Card game in Philadelphia on Jan. 6 was the spark that lit the idea. Joel Edmundson was watching the game with Alex Steen, Robert Bortuzzo, Jaden Schwartz, and Robby Fabbri.

"We got together with some friends and watched the game with a bunch of Philly guys who grew up there," Edmundson told stlouisblues.com. "They had a DJ in the bar and whenever there was a commercial break, they would crank the tunes and all these guys from Philly would get up and start dancing around. They played this song Gloria a couple of times, and this one guy looked at the DJ and said 'keep playing Gloria!', so they kept playing it. Everyone would get up and start singing and dancing. We just sat back and watched it happen. Right there we decided we should play the song after our wins. We won the next game, we got a shutout, so we just kept on playing it."

You may not have known that "Gloria" replaced Dion's "Runaround Sue" as the postgame victory locker room song.

"Most of the time, when you try to figure out a song to play, it has something to do with the team or something that happened throughout the year," Steen said. "We started with Runaround Sue, which is a happy song. It's like the feeling you get after wins in our building now (with Runaround Sue playing). It was the same vibe with Gloria - it's an old school song and it puts the boys in a good mood."

"It's great," Edmundson added. "Whenever we come back in the dressing room (after a win), we're yelling 'play Gloria, play Gloria!" It makes us smile and have a good time. It's working, so we're going to keep it."

Here's some other facts about the song you may not have known about:

  • Laura Branigan's version was actually a cover of Italian singer Umberto Tozzi's original song in 1979.
  • The first attempt by Branigan to record Tozzi's version was a failure. Their version was titled "Mario."
  • Branigan went back to "Gloria" because she wanted to tell the story of, as she put it, "a girl that's running too fast for her own steps"
  • The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 27, 1982. What was #1? Lionel Richie's "Truly".
  • This song earned Branigan a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
  • Her song has appeared in Flashdance, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, and South Park, among other places.