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Forever Young Laura Branigan

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Published on Apr 8, 2007

Laura Branigan - July 3rd 1957-August 26th 2004 In loving Memory...

"Forever Young" has become something of a pop culture standard. Originally written and recorded by Alphaville in 1984. Just a year after the song's initial release, pop singer Laura Branigan covered "Forever Young" on her 1985 album "Hold Me". Never released as a single for Laura Branigan but became a huge favorite to her fans and she began a tradition of performing the song as an encore at her concerts.

It has been performed by numerous musical groups and in different versions and has appeared in television series, movies, and advertisements. The song plays during scenes in the television series Passions, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (episode 103: "Underage Drinking: A National Concern"), the North American version of Queer as Folk (season 1, episode 18), and One Tree Hill (season 4, episode 16). It also plays in the movie Listen to Me and during the school dance scene of the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. In 2006 and 2007 the song was used in advertisements for the Scandinavian banks SEB in Sweden and Nordea in Denmark. It also appeared in prom-themed advertisements for Saturn ION automobiles.

In 1996 the Canadian Eurodance group Temperance released a cover version of the song which reached number 8 on the Canadian Dance Chart. Idol 2006 contestant Sara Burnett performed "Forever Young" on the Swedish television show. Her performance qualified her for the show's top 10 and appears on the soundtrack Det bästa från idol 2006 (The best from Idol 2006). Other artists to have covered "Forever Young" in the years since its original release include the Countdown Singers, DJ Space C, David Monte Cristo, DJ Company, Dune, BnH, Emil Wakin Chau, Fire & Ice, Interactive, Waterboy, Ella, Tune Up!, Youth Group and Axel Rudi Pell. In 2001 Swedish group Ainbusk re-wrote the song in their native language as an existential Christmas carol titled "Förevigt nu". And most recently Cash Cash who made the song into nothing more than a cheap same thumping sound dance song that you hear in the clubs, and the rap artist Jay-Z who used the medley and the chrous and called it his own. In my opinion Alphaville, Laura Branigan and Youth Group kept it true to how the song was meant to be performed.

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