Gloria Loring Biography

Gloria Jean Goff, 12 December 1946, New York City, New York, USA. Born to musical parents, Loring sang in church and at school and first attracted wider attention when, in her early teens, she sang with Those Four, a folk pop group. At 18 she sang at New York’s Playboy Club, was heard on radio and quickly broke into television, appearing on many top-rated network shows. She was also seen in the theatre and on the concert platform, touring across the USA. In addition to singing, Loring also appeared in acting roles and began writing songs, usually in collaboration. Her acting career included a spell of more than six years on Days Of Our Lives from 1980, on which she also sang. She also hosted the television series, From The Heart. On stage, Loring has appeared in shows such as Blame It On The Movies, Queen Of The Soaps, Stardust, Music Minus One and in the winter of 1999/2000 a touring revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.

Loring’s songs include the themes for television’s Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts Of Life, co-composed with her then husband, Alan Thicke, ‘What’ve You Got To Lose’, written with Eric Kaz, and ‘Brooklyn’, with Mike Post, which she recorded as Cody Jameson. Among her many successful records is ‘Friends And Lovers’, on which she was joined by Carl Andersen. Other artists with whom she has appeared on record include Bobby Caldwell, Jeffrey Osborne and Deniece Williams.

When her son, Brennan, was diagnosed with diabetes, Loring turned her attention to the disease and has written books on the subject. These books have raised substantial sums for research, which has led to Loring receiving several awards. In 1999 she won the Miss America Organization’s Woman of Achievement Award. Another son works as a singer under the name Robin Thicke.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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