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|Since other sites have done an excellent job in providing
Donna's lyrics, I thought I would fill in the gap by providing the liner
notes. At this time I don't plan to include full album credits - I will
just provide the thank yous and dedications that Donna has put on most
of her albums. (If an album is not listed here, then it means there were
Many thanks to Thor Baldursson, Frank Diez, Keith Forsey, Martin
Harrison, Molly Moll, Gary Unwin
Many Thanks To:
[The German release had this instead: "Special thanks to:
Michael Peters, Johnny Pate, Mick Coles, Bob Pope, Sue Carling, Pat Naderhoff, Keith Robertson, Tiny Tears for the blue necklace, Pattie Brooks, June
Christopher, Debra Anderson, Peter Golden, Sam Weisberg, Norman Brokaw, Mr. Lastvogel, Steve Ellis, a kiss to Mimi and to my love Peter."
Thanks to "Donny's Boys"; (Brooklyn Dreams), Joe Esposito,
Eddie Hokenson, and Bruce Sudano; thanks to Pat Naderhoff for wardrobe
coordination and moral support; Susan Munao, Phyllis Chotin and Nellie
Prestwood for artistic supervision; Ron DeBlasio for believing in my
future; Helen Reddy for sharing with me a piece of the best part of her
life, Jeff Wald; Mick Coles for his everlasting ability to cope without
complaining; Joyce Bogart for her inability to stop thinking up
incredible new ideas, for love, for loyalty; and especially to Neil
Bogart for love, understanding, and forever following without fear of
losing. Can I give you more? To the gang at the Casbah for continuously
doing it. For Mimi, with love from her Mama; to my family who have never
let me down; to Peter, for his everlasting love and support; to my
friend Danny Peck, for his spiritual support; and to all of you -
wherever you go, take a little Summer with you. - Donna Summer
To the Brooklyn Dreams, my friends Joey Esposito, Eddie Hokenson,
Bruce Sudano, Lynda Steihl; don't forget that our dreams are Brooklyn
Dreams. All right, Donny's Boys?
To Pat Naderhoff Conti and Bob for giving me something else to fight
To Bob Conti - The Doctor Philosopher, In The Still, shoo do and do
be do, Of The Night.
To Mike Warren for not ever letting me down.
To Mick Coles, Bryan Rooney, Keith Robertson - thanks for a job well
To Doug Livingston, Virgil Weber, Sal Guilliami, Ken Parks and Freddy
Alwag (The Honeycomb Kid).
To DeBlasio, Wald and Hammerman on my tour d'Europe, thanks for a job
well done and coordinated. (Love y'all for trying.) Don't forget to get
your pacemakers ready for the next time out.
Dedication to Joyce Bogart and Susan Munao for the synopsis, and to
the unborn Bogart, much love.
To Christy Hill for her good sense of humor, even at times when it
was totally uncalled for.
To Paul Jabara - Aunti Rosa will love you forever - Sucha Italian
To Danny Peck - Didn't I tell you so? You've got a soul and I feel it
To everybody at the Casbah.
To Andrew Gaines, Mary E. Gaines, Linda and Summer Gaines,
Jeanette& Yana & Harvey Yancy, Ritchie & Mozel & Corwin
Morgan & Katanya Gaines, Andrea & Asha & Lanru Gaines.
To Christian Duerr for believing and making me believe in things that
I could feel but could not see. I love you.
To Mimi, my main reason for living and believing - I need you, my
child. I need you. It is magic... Love, Mama
With special thanks...
To my grandfather William A Davis
To my parents, Mr. & Mrs. A Gaines, who started all this mess in
the first place
To my sisters Jeanette, Andrea, Linda, Dara and Mary and their
husbands, Howie, Kenny, Gilbert and Geraldo
To my brother Richard and his wife Mozel
And to all my nieces and nephews, Morgan, Corwin, Ayana, Katanya,
Asha, Ruru, and Little Summer
To my aunt Rita Rogers and all her children
To Uncles Barny, Clarence, Allen, Milford, Sol, James, George and Ed
To my aunts Dot, Eula, Mary and Ruby
To the Grant A.M.E Church for giving me my start
To Wilbert who keeps me up and laughin' when I should be asleep
To Pat, Monique, Barbara
To Louie Veglia for hair care and styling
To Susan, you and me kid
To the office gang at Munao Management
To Joyce and Neil Bogart and baby Bo, Jill Bradley and Timothy
To Mr. James Anderson for his impeccable security
Personal thanks to my band, I love you guys, yo' the bess
Personal thanks to Sunshine and good luck with "Watchin' Daddy
To Marc the spark the moon walker
Just remember that your baby understands, yeah
To my worst critic, my daughter Mimi and my biggest fan and aspiring
To Brutzi, who's sacrificed so much for me
And I thank God
To Neil: I remember yesterday. I love you, thanks for being a
I would like to thank all the heads of the departments and all those
without heads for your undying support. Larry Harris, Bruce Bird, Cecil
Holmes, Peter Guber, Dick Sherman, Marc Paul Simon, Brian Interland,
Ellen Wolff, Roberta Skopp
To Maurice Lathower: Remember my name is "Donnierre Summierre,"
and get that right.
To Chris Whorf: You never let me down.
To Phyllis Chotin: We both have the same Dream in common.
To Celeste Peters: From roly-poly little kid on the corner.
To Frances Lawson: Little Orphan Frannie.
To Eva Martinez and Pina Linares: Siempre está ahi cuando las
necesito, y siempre tien una sonrisa.
To Joyce Bogart: Thank you for your wonderful contributions on my
album cover. I love you.
To Susan Munao: The magic woman. My absolute love and admiration for
your ability to sustain through the thick of it. By the way, you make a
very good bad girl on the cover too.
To the gang at Munao Management: You wouldn't be satisfied 'til you
brought Brooklyn with you.
To Marie Bennett (Aunt Marie): Thank you for coming out here, we need
you. Toni Ann Serpico, Mark Figueroa, Barry Sudano and Helene Oster.
To Gerardo Bernard: I gave you the chance and you ran away with it.
Mister, am I proud of you.
To Pat Naderhoff: You give me your love, I give you my ulcers.
To Keith Robertson: You never let me down when things get rough.
To Brian Rooney: One would think that after all these years, the
draft would have killed you.
To Giorgio Moroder: Giorgio, you make a great john.
To Pete Bellotte: You did an incredible job. I told you if you took
off your hat your head would get a chance to breathe.
To Juergen Koppers: Koppy, you are the best and the best in the wets.
To Keith Forsey: You are great with your four on the floor.
To Harold Faltermeyer: You did a fantastic job. I love working with
To Steve Smith and Carolyn: It's always great working with good
To Summer Nights and all the boys in the band (Michael Warren, Bob
Conti, Virgil Weber Sal Guilliami, Doug Livingston, Richard Edelman):
You've picked me up when I've been down and treated me like….!
To Sunshine (Carlene Williams, MaryEllen Bernard, Dara Bernard): Hold
on it won't be long.
To Brooklyn Dreams (Joe Esposito, Eddie Hokenson, Bruce Sudano):
Thank you boys for making my "Live And More" album such a
To James Anderson: Ladies may fall over your green eyes but you are
still "au sauvage" to me.
To Wilbert Reed: Y-Y-You a-a-are t-t-the b-b-best.
To Inky (Bobby) Incorvaia: Thanks for being so good to me when I
needed a studio and you gave me some time at Magic Wand.
To Peter De Palmer: You make me feel like it's worth it all… I love
To Jan Silverno and Lee Friedman: Thanks for helping me get my house
and mind together.
To Louis and Barbare Veglia: You've finally made it to the cover.
To Nellie Prestwood and Linda Steihl: Thanks for being bad girls.
To Nicole, Joey, Phyllis Esposito and the kids in Brooklyn: I love
I would like to say hi to all my friends in Roxbury.
To Mummy and Daddy: I don't need to say I love you and that I honor
you. Now that I have my own child, I know that I must have driven you
To Jeanette, Ricky, Andrea, Linda, MaryEllen and Dara: It's time to
move out West.
I would like to thank Howie, Mozel, Gerardo and Gilbert for their
I would like to thank all my nieces and nephews, Morgan, Corwin,
Ayana, Katanya, Asha Ruru, and little Summer.
Dear Bruce: If you want me to be strong, I'll give it everything I
can. You'll never have to worry cause we're not in a hurry. On my honor,
To Mimi: Sometimes when you're gone, I don't know why, I find the
simple need to sit and cry. It's not that I'm lonely or that I'm blue,
it's just that I need to be with you. Our love will last forever.
I want to thank GOD for all the wonderful things above, behind,
beneath and in front of me.
Special Thanks to Barbra Streisand, Jon Peters, Charles Koppelman,
Gary Klein, Juergen Koppers, John Arrias, Greg Mathieson, Paul Jabara
and Bruce Roberts, and to my "pros" Giorgio and Pete.
To Vernon Hicks - A musical asset
And to my loved ones for being so understanding - Mimi, Bruce and God
for getting us through it.
A Special Thanks to my family for being supportive; to my daughter
Mimi; to my husband Bruce for all his understanding; to my sister Susan
for never wandering; to all my fans; and a special thanks to the Supreme
Being, the Creator; without Whom there would be no beginning and no end.
Special thanks to: Bruce Carbone, Eileen Cleary, Donna Fetchko,
Jehanne Languedoc, Susan Munao, Stan Moress, Gerry Rosenblatt, Bob Shea
& Bruce Sudano
husband Bruce Sudano: For his loving care, patience and understanding -
I love you; my children Mimi and Brooklyn, my parents, Mr. & Mrs.
Gaines, my in-laws, Mr. & Mrs. Sudano, sisters, brother and
relatives - for your love and support.
Jones: You will always stand out in a crowd, better than the rest; your
reputation precedes you. Greatness is not attained merely by speaking of
it, but by much hard work, long hours, the will to do one's best and Q,
you've got it! - all - and now even I have a "Jones" for you.
David Geffen: Thank
you for your good judgement and determination to get the best from
everything and everyone you touch.
Ed Rosenblatt and
the gang at Geffen Records: "Go get 'em guys."
Susan Munao: For
your loyalty, good ideas and your hard work - "God bless you."
Thank you so much for keeping track of the hundreds of tracks. You're
great at what you do.
David Foster, Steve
Lukather, Rod Temperton and Qunicy Jones: The songwriters, extra special
thanks for the beautiful songs you composed.
I had such fun "hangin' out and workin' out" for this song.
Let's do it again real soon - "Alright Boss!"
James Ingram: You
gave me more than "Just Once." Thank you.
Herbie Hancock and "Mouse" Greg Phillinganes: Special thanks
for working on :Lush Life" with me until you could sing it.
All Star Chorus:
Dara Bernard, Dyan Cannon, Christopher Cross, James Ingram, Michael
Jackson, Peggy Lipton Jones, Qunicy Jones, Kenny Loggins, Michael
McDonald, Lionel Richie, Brenda Russell, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie
Wonder. "How can we miss with heavyweights like you." Thank
Special Blessing for you and The "Life" Choir. You are all
Lee Abrams: What a
For the late nights to see me through, keeping me looking good.
"God bless ya."
Pam Sherman: For
Ruth Goldstein: For
keeping a good count.
David Gotterer: For
The gang at the
office: Andrew Gaines, Marie Bennett, Gerardo Bernard, Deborah Mailloux,
Damaria Bernard, Daaron Grossa and Susan Wilson. Thank you.
All my fans: I
dedicate the song "Livin' In America" to you for your kindness
In Memory Of:
Neil Bogart, who
was instrumental in getting me to where I am today. He was a man who
loved to live, and always had a goal. "Why head for a mountaintop
when you're reaching for the sky." He made the world believe…
they could see right through his eyes. I will always love you!
My Extra Special
Thanks to GOD, the Father, for combining all of the above talents in
such great harmony, for giving us these gifts and the ability to use
them. I PRAISE THE LORD and surrender all unto HIM.
- Love, Donna
SPECIAL THANKS FROM DONNA
No one person makes makes a show or a record come to pass. It takes a
lot of people to make something good better. Every link of the chain
must remain unbroken. I'd like to thank that chain now:
God - For everything
My husband Bruce Sudano - If I've made mistakes please forgive me oh
Charlie B Don't run away, forget your old pride remember I'm going to
stay. I do believe I fell in love.
My kids - Mimi, Brooklyn & Amanda - Thanks for being patient
My mother and father, mother and father-in-law - For being a strong
support system and a lamp unto us each. We love you.
Sisters and brothers, brothers-in-law - thank you for your prayers
which got me through.
Susan Munao - All this hard work has truly made you grow in my eyes.
By George, I think you're 5 feet tall now.
Michael Omartian - Words cannot express what I feel for you and
Stormie, but I know that you were God sent and I love you.
Rosa, Grace, Carlos, Daisy, Susan Gilmore, Bobby Stewart - Big thanks
and love for keeping the home front warm and sacrificing above and
beyond the call of duty.
Gerardo Bernard, Andre Davie, Ruth Goldstein, Debbie Malloux, Nellie
Prestwood, Frank Scheidbach, Lynne Spillane - Thank you for holding up
the fort in my absence.
To the people who keep me looking good: Pam & the girls at
Sa-Hair-ah Salon, Linda Cowan, Helene Oster, Kim Troy
Greg Phillinganes & Jay Graydon - We write well together, we
should do it more often, drawing on the raw what's happenin'
John Guess & Larry Fergusson - A great source of inspiration.
Kenny Rogers and the family at Lion Share - You are a class act.
Roberta Kelly and Kelly Putnam - A special thanks
I thank the body of believers who keep us lifted up. We dedicate this
work to you Lord, Supreme Being and give back the talents which you have
given us as a witness, We stand before the world. For God so loved the
world he gave his only begotten son. (John 3:16)
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar
with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised.
And we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried
our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and
afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for
our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and
by his wounds we are healed... (Isiah 53:3-12)
I ask God to bless Aart Dalhuisen, Bas Hartong, Guenter Hensler, Ton
Vander Bremmer, Geffen Records, and all those who worked hard to make
this album possible. Love Donna
This is my prayer: that God will bless anyone and
everyone who buys or possesses this record with the truth and the holy
spirit - with love and understanding - financially and physically in
Jesus' name. And God to you be the glory for my talents.
To my husband Bruce Sudano - a great talent and a
wonder to me. You're my pot of gold. And, I love you.
To Mimi, Brooklyn & Amanda - for letting me
sleep late, I love you.
To my Daddy and Mommy, Andrew and Mary Gaines - for
keeping me lifted up and covered with prayers and blessings.
To Mary, Andrew, Ricky, Mo, Jeannette, Howie, Ami,
Linda, Larry, Marry Ellen, Gerardo, Dara, Gilbert, Madge, Lou, Barry and
Glen - God bless you. We are family.
To Susan Munao - who finally took a break and gave
To Michael Omartian - for your love and incredible
talent, patience and spirit. You are a great producer and truly my
brother in Christ.
To Pastor Ken and Mary Pientke (and LA Crescenta
Valley 4-Square Church) - for your prayers and spiritual support.
To David Geffen - thanks for staying out of the
kitchen this time. Now I hope you love this meal.
To Eddie Rosenblatt, Johnny Barbis, Carole Childs,
Robin Rothman and the entire Geffen Records family - for your creative
support and constructive input.
To WEA International - thanks for the hands across
To John Guess, Larry Fergusson, Kahliq, Juergen
Koppers - you keep getting better.
To Kenny Rogers, Terry Williams, Kin Vassy, Jay
Antista, Joel Jaurequi, Peggy Needleman, Rowena Buxton, Paula Rogers,
Dann Rogers - thanks for making Lion Share a home.
To Jude Elliott, Ruth Goldstein, Gina Delgado,
Linda Bottlik - for holding down the fort and lifting up the business.
To Bobby Stewart - My "Mr. T."
To Nellie Prestwood, Helene Oster, Linda Cowan,
Bertha Joffrion - who keep me looking good.
To Chris Whorf - my graphic-traffic wizard
To Stig Edgren - you are a great stage designer and
a revolutionary of color and lights.
To Otis "Solid" Sallid and his beautiful
dancers (Steve La Chance, Mimi Kinkade, Russell Wong, Wayne Bascomb,
To Dick Olson and my "Rainbow Ministry"
To Kelli and Roberta Kelly - for your support.
To Stormie Omartian - for patience as a
long-distance runner. I know I bit off a piece of your vacation. Forgive
me, it was for art's sake.
To Nell Carter - the other "Diantha Sumpters"
(I want to buy your ticket to Hawaii!).
To James Hopkins - thanks for "the
To Candace Walters - thanks for "the
To Marc Figueroa - whose laughter and support kept
us from "buying the farm."
To Rosa, Carlos, Ana, Grayce, Raul - for keeping
the home-front fires burning and making it pleasant for me to live.
To Raymond, Ginette and the kids - for helping get
our house in order.
To Nick Todaro - our Cal-Star Travel star.
To Father Benedict Groechel, and father Glenn
Sudano - for the inspiration on the line "Cats Without Claws."
To Reba Rambo and Donnie Mcguire - for
"Forgive Me"; a song I hope will bless many people as it has
blessed me. It is definitely a divinely annointed song.
And the piece de resistance "my band": Jeff
Lams (Musical Director), Mari Falcone (Orchestra Conductor), Paul Bahn
(drums), John Schreiner (synthesizer), Nathan Alford, Jr. (percussion),
Keith Nelson (bass), Gene Miller (featured vocalist).
I thank God for helping me to finish this album after three
years of hard work and for all these wonderful people for helping
Bruce Sudano for love and guidance, tenderness, understanding,
balance and strength
Susan Munao for all your love, hard work, long nights and
Mimi, Brooklyn and Amanda Sudano for love and kisses,
for getting excellent grades in school and for being obedient, kind and
Andrew and Mary Gaines and Lou and Madge
Sudano for your loving and prayerful support
James and Mary Ellen Strong, Russell and Carolyn
Wright, Charles and Carolyn Harrell, Beverly (Bam)
Crawford and Pastor Jack Hayford for your spiritual support,
prayers and love
Pastor and Mrs. Tom Loy, Jr. for your prayers and
Rosa Argueta, Carlos, Anna and Giovanni Argueta, Liliana
Moriera, Enrique Duran and Raymond Lanciault for keeping my
personal life in order.
Gina Delgado for hangin' in there though the long tough hours,
you did it kid
To the producers for good songs, good memories and lots of laughs: Peter
Bunetta, Rick (Cheese) Chudacoff, Harold Faltermeyer, Jeff Lams, Keith
Nelson, Michael Omartian, Richard Perry and Brenda Russell
Richard Perry for such professionalism and love. I wish you
and Rebecca white picket fences, the pitter patter of little feet
and many years to dream together
Jim Tract, the you-done-good boy
Brenda Russell for a great, classy song!! Thanks for your
loving and caring
Mickey Thomas of Starship for singing so great and Bill
Thompson for workin' it out
Al Bunetta and Joe Erickson, thanks for the luv vibe
To the engineers and their assistants for all the great sounds: Terry
Christian, Liz Cluse, Larry Ferguson, Glen Holguin, Uli Rudolf and Toby
Gerardo Bernard, André Davie, Ruth Goldstein and Sydney
Ritchey for keeping my business head on straight
Gary Kress from Murphy & Kress for keeping it
rolling. Yo Gerch!
Tracy Nicholas for the "in-house" support
Nathan Alford, Jr., Paul Bahn, Dara Bernard, Mary Ellen Bernard,
Mari Falcone, Jeff Lams, Gene Miller, Randy Mitchell and Keith
Nelson for all your input, love and help
Buzz Bolton, Robby Edwards, Dave Hackbarth, Mark Kohorn, Dick
and Marge Olson and Bobby Stewart for holding all the ends
Stig Edgren, Greg Hamm and Fred McDonald for making my
stage and lighting look good
Paula Abdul, Wayne Bascomb, Morgan Lawley and Jennifer Page
for your hard work on the dance floor
Shawna McGee, Berta Joffrion and Lona Pyle for keeping
me looking beautiful
Nick Todoro and Par Avion Travel Inc for getting me
places on time
David Geffen, Eddie Rosenblatt, Al Coury, Robin Rothman, Vaughn
Thomas, Ronnie Vance, John Brodey and team along with the entire Geffen
Records family for everything, your help, patience, encouragement
David Gotterer for your hard work and energy beyong the call
Marty Beck chicky baby, you're beautiful, call me Tuesday
Gerry Rosenblatt, Don Engel for legal advice and loving care
Everyone at William Morris Agency, a special thank you: Norman
Brokaw, Walter Zifkin, Dick Alen, Tom Illius, Fred Moch and Lee
Stan Moress, Herb Nanas and Bob Shea for picking up the
ball and running with it
I'd like to thank first God for all of his protection,
guidance, peace, joy and love and for giving me such nice and
wonderfully talented people to work with.
Mike, Matt and Pete with much love, David Howells, Pitstop,
Andy, Yoyo, Karen and all the helpers, and all the girls. Nicki,
Sheri, Sharon and Lucy, who really work hard for their money.
To Ahmet Ertegun for saving me from a tight spot. Doug
Morris, Mark Schulman, Ken Komisar, Tunc Erim, Sylvia Rhone. The WEA
people, Rob Dickins, Paul Conroy, Kick Van Hengel, Ruby Merjan,
Bill Fowler, what a fashion statement. Tracy Nicholas, VP of
publicity and a dear friend. Ray Still , you've done a great job,
you're on a roll, I love you. Plus all those who worked on this record
and brought it home.
Bruce, I love you so much, immeasurably. Brooklyn, Amanda
Grace, and Mimi, I love you, you're the best. To my parents Mary
and Andrew Gaines, and mother and father in law Madge and Louis
Sudano, to all my sisters and brothers, and to Al, Ceil and Dana
Kasha for being my helping hands and lips, I love you. To Barry
Sudano and all the people at Sky View on the Hudson
and Nesen Motor Cars, thank you very much. Gary and the
girls for everything, and Bernice and George, Rosa, Carlos
and Anna, Willie, Enrique, thank you. I love you. Gina Delgada,
Tracy Nicholas, I love you. To Susan Munao, to Gerry
Rosenblatt and Gary Kress "get em tigers" you're
the best. to Norman Brokaw, Marty Beck, Dick Alen and William
Morris Co., a great team on my side, to Keith Nelson, Mary
Falconi and the band I love you.
To my loving fans who have been so loyal for so long, thank you so
I thank God for getting us through this record in spite of many
obstacles and I thank Him for His wisdom, His grace, His love and for my
talents and the talents of the people that worked with me jointly on
To Keith Diamond, thank you for relentlessly pursuing and
persisting to write, produce and complete this album, also for the many
lessons that you taught me through your diligent caring about every
little detail. This is just the beginning of a male buddy bonding thing.
And remember, you may be just Keith to me, but you're Mr. Rabbit Killer
(just a joke) to everyone else.
To Ahmet Ertegün, Doug Morris, Paul Cooper, Tunc Erim, Mary
Timmons and all the people at Atlantic Records that worked on this
project, thank you so much for all your support and help on this record.
To Max Hole, Kick van Hengel, Tracy Nicholas Bledsoe and Greta
Schickersinsky, thank you for all your time, attention and support on
A special thanks to Kick van Hengel, Tunc Erim, Tracy Nicholas
Bledsoe and Paul Cooper for holding my hand through this album.
To all the writers, Keith Diamond, Larry Henley, Anthony Smith,
Eve Nelson, Paul Chiten, and Donna Wyant, thank you so much for helping
to construct the songs and the grooves on this album. Thanks for your
ideas, your help and you have permanent membership in the R.K. Brigade.
To George Karras, thank you for hanging in there through the long
hours, back pains, headaches and through things that go thump in the
night, (like the bass line). You're a sweetheart.
To Bernie Becker, thank you for all your long hours, hard work and for all of your help.
Congratulations on your new studio!
To Gerry Rosenblatt, thank you for cutting through all the red
tape and making it understandable to me. Thank you for all your years of
assistance, kindness and friendship, it does not go unnoticed. You are
very special to me. Besides, anyone that can put up with me on a daily
basis has got to be special. So for all the times that I didn't say it,
To Gary Kress and Murphy & Kress, thank you for keeping all
the finances in order and for all your support and assistance in the
making of this record.
To Jack & Carolyn Solomon and all my friends at Circle Fine
Arts Gallery, thanks for your patience and support.
To Stig Edgren, thanks for your guidance, for believing in me and
giving me direction when I really needed it.
To Mary Loving, thank you for all your help and assistance.
To Patricia Mclaughlin, thank you for all of your help and
To Ceil Kasha, thank you for your constant attention, your
support, your caring, your mothering and your nagging me on to greater
heights. Thanks for being a sister, a cheerleader and most of all my
armour bearer. And yes, I am a lizard.
To Gina Delgado, thank you for all your prayers, support, your
patience, for listening, for being a sounding board and a friend. Also
to your family, Dorothy Miller and De Mario Hurst. Come on De Mario,
make me proud of you.
To Bertha Joffrion and Lona Pyle at Sa-Hair-Ahh, Christina Ackah,
Toni Parham, Rita Milske and Helen Staal, thank you for your patience,
time and your attention. It paid off girlfriends.
To Pat Naderhoff, it's great to be back together again.
To Mary Barbairen and all the folks at Bon Choix, thank you for
all your patience, time and hard work.
To Paul Bahn, Gerardo Bernard, Mary Ellen Bernard, Buzz Bolton,
Bob Conti, Robby Edwards, Mari Falcone, Dave Hackbarth, Gregg Ham,
Warren Ham, Jeff Lams, Gene Miller, Susan Miller, Randy Mitchell, Keith
Nelson, Dick Olson, Marge Olson, Bobby Stewart, Shawn Dean, Neil Thomas,
and Ricky Walters, thank you all for your years of support and love.
To Dr. Richard Parker, my chiropractor, hey you, get off my back!
You're the best.
A special thanks to Brian Edwards, Kathy Wagner,
Mike Moran, Jeff Gottesfeld and Scott Simpson (Frosti) for all your
help, love and support.
To Mimi Sommer, my oldest daughter, you made it. Yes!! Enjoy
life, you're witty, you're beautiful and you're talented. Use all your
God-given abilities and all of the embellishments and you will go far in
To Amanda & Brooklyn Sudano, thank you for being patient with
your mom, letting me sleep in, not making noise and giving me back
massages when I was in pain. I could not ask for more than my three
To Mary & Andrew Gaines, my parents, my counselors, my
confidantes and my role models, just think, that you're responsible for
all this. (Doesn't that make you feel good?)
To Lou Sudano (Jack), "Thanks for the memories". Thanks
for keeping everything afloat at the home front. And hey, the song
"Only You Can Kiss My Boo Boo", could, could be a hit. But
don't give up your day job.
To Madge Sudano, my mother-in-law, thanks for being a constant
support, babysitter, chief cook, bottle washer, secretary, nurse and
basic all around everything you need person.
To Barry & Jacqueline Sudano, thank you for your prayers and
support and together you can conquer the world.
To Father Glenn Sudano, thank you for all your prayers and
To William A. Davis (Little Grandpa), I love you very much,
you're my walking history book.
To Ricky, Mozel Corwin, Katanya Gaines, Howie, Jeanette, Ayanna,
Yancey, Amy, Asha, Alamrew Gaines Tesfayohannes, Larry, Linda, Summer,
La Donna Lotman, Gerardo, Mary Ellen, Aja, Gerardo Jr., Shani, Rhema,
Christopher Bernard, Dara Gilbert Jr., Zeraena and Baby Dara Bernard,
thank you so much for your prayers and support.
To my little cousins, Edward C. Harris II, Larentz O. Greene II,
Zaius Dela Cruz, Sumara Dela Cruz and David Dela Cruz, you never know
what good treasures life has in store for you, so be good.
To Pastor Dan & Melody Walczuk and all the members at Gateway
Foursquare Church, thank you for your compassion, your counseling and
To Rosa Argueta, Carlos & Anna Argueta, Willie Nefeo, Enrique
Duran and Lucy Olivares, thank you for your love and support and for
keeping my households together.
To Denise Eppolito and Eddie Hokenson, you're like a sister and
brother to me. Thank you for all your attention, support and
companionship. It means a lot to me.
A special thanks to Al Kasha and Dana Kasha for all of your
prayers and support.
To Ma Cassiani, thank you for helping me when I was starting out,
for sewing my dresses and for being a light of hope in my sometimes
pitch black night. I love you.
To Dr. Mary Ellen Strong, I dedicate this to you I memory of
James Strong, who was very special to me, I know that if you're looking
down that you're smiling, you remain in my heart and I love you.
In loving memory of Stanislawa Baginska, Joseph Esposito and
Sophia van Hengel.
To Priscilla Degan, thank you for putting up with the long hours
and sacrificing so much at such an important time of your life.
To Mrs. Angela Degan at
Maison Brazil Restaurant, thank you for feeding us during the recording
of this album.
To Vanessa Smith, thank you for your encouragement and fine
taste. I appreciate all that you have done for me.
A special thanks to the fan club, to Tom Gilliam, Jerry Kovac, Al
Hamood, Steve Rozeniki, thank you for your wonderful newsletters,
constant attention and your constant love and admiration. I love and
admire you too.
To Bruce Sudano, President of Purple Heart Records, alias my
husband, friend, my confidant, my partner, my doctor, my teacher,
talented writer, composer, producer, singer, father to our children,
sports fan, Man-Of-The-Year, Buddy-Buddy and Rooster Man, I love you
infinitely just for putting up with me. It takes a special guy with the
patience of Job and I might add, a very good sense of humor to be with a
nut like me. Thanks for all your support, for your peace, for your
commitment to me and for your undying love. You're a real babe and
you're my man!
To those who believe, all things are possible!
I thank God for surrounding me with so many
creative, talented, sometimes wild and sometimes crazy people, right
from the beginning of my recording career. I'm very thankful for you and
your input in my career and life. Through the good, the bad, the happy
and the sad, you're always a part of me. You were with me from the
beginning and remain in my heart eternally: Giorgio Moroder, Pete
Bellotte, Neil & Joyce Bogart, Cecil Holmes, Susan Munao, Maury
Lathower, Jheryl Busby, Bruce Bird, Gerry Rosenblatt, Norman Brokow, Sam
Wesbord, Marty Beck, William Morris Agency, Marc Paul Simon and Paul
Jabara. God Bless.
A special thanks to my husband Bruce Sudano, my
kids Amanda, Brooklyn & Mimi, my parents Mr. & Mrs. Andrew
Gaines, my in-laws Lou and Margaret Sudano, Ceil and Al Kasha, Gina
Delgado, Rosa Argueta, Tom Gilliam & all the guys that run the fan
club, Brian Edwards and all my "Friends Unknown." To the
hundreds of people who have had a helping hand in my career over the
years, God Bless You …
Thank God for the many gifts He's given to the people I work with and
to me. To God be all the glory.
I'd like to thank Ed Eckstine and all the heads of Mercury for their
constant attention and creative ideas and their input and constant
influx of support... it means the world to me... and I love you. To Bas
Hartong... you've always been in my corner. Thanks John Mazzacco, Bill
Levenson, David Leach, Dawn Bridges, Josh Zieman, Michael Bays, Bruce
Carbone, Christine Derespiris, Donna Fetchko, Eileen Cleary, Mary Walzer,
Linda Paparelli, Ken Krongard, Stan Ades, Rachel Mintz, Noemi Gallego,
Donna Elliott; from the most highly visible to the least visible
component involved from the very beginning stages up to the time we
shipped to the stores. Thanks to Gerry Rosenblatt, Gary Kress and all at
Murphy & Kress, Gina Delgado and Dennis Eppolito... I thank you for
flexibility and creativity. I want to thank Michael Omartian, Terry
Christian, Scott Link, Robert Charles, King Williams, Larry Jeffries,
James Dineen III, Ronn Huff, Nashville String Machine, Heritage
Children's Choir. Thank you so much for making a dream come true
for me... you did a wonderful job! In the future, when we look back on
this project, it will be one we will always be very proud of.
Thank you Bruce, to my husband and my constant companion with all
your input as each morning when I wake up with you "for the
rest of my life."
Thanks to my daughters, Mimi, Brooklyn, Amanda and thanks to Rosa
Argueta for your commitment to me and your patience with my flying back
and forth and so much travel during this time. Thanks to my parents,
Mary and Andrew Gaines, without whom this would not have been possible.
Thanks to my father and mother-in-law, Mr. Lou Sudano and Mrs. Margaret
Sudano for your incredible dedication and helping to hold down the fort.
I love you.
Thank you Donna Buck-Tisdale, you've got the patience of Job.
Thank you Ceil Kasha for your constant belief and support and for
pushing me to greater heights. To Brian Edwards, who's given me his
undying support and has constantly assisted and protected me over the
years and has taught me the enduring art of eating fried catfish! You
and Ceil are my "dynamic duo." Thanks Tom Gilliam and Nick
Petrone with an extra thank you to the fan club for urging me to do
this. Special thanks to Gerardo for pulling all this together; for all
his efforts and for his courage. God bless you.
I'd like to thank Stan, Bob, Herb and Kimberly and everyone at my new
management office, Moress Nanas Shea Entertainment.
Thank God for the many gifts He's given to the
people I work with and to me. To God be the glory.
I'd like to thank Ed Eckstine for his leadership
input and constant support… you're the best. To Bas Hartong and Bruce
Carbone: your participation and your caring are more than I could have
asked for and I can not tell you how much I appreciate your hanging in
there till the bitter end. Thanks to all the gang at Mercury, especially
John Mazzacco, David Leach, Dawn Bridges, Jeff Brody, Joe Parker, Randy
Roberts, Josh Zieman, Bill Levevson, David McDonagh, Daniel Jason,
Pamela Rosenberg, Tom van den Bremer, Michael Bays, Margery Greenspan,
Annette Mitchell, Christina Serespiris, Donna Fetchko, Eileen Cleary,
Mary Walzer, Linda Paparelli, Ken Krongard, Rachel Mintz, Stan Ades,
Noemi Gallego, Donna Elliott, Tom Arnt and Kristy Eisele. Thanks to
Gerry Rosenblatt and to Gary Kress, Carla Green and all at Murphy &
Kress, Gina Delgado, Denise Eppolito and Bertha Joffrian. I want to
thank Michael Omartian (I'm proud of you "lots"), Terry
Christian and Scott Link for their imagination creativity and drive.
Thanks to Welcome and Joe Carrano. Many thanks to Robert Clivilles,
David Cole and Barbara Warren Pace. Thank you so much for making a dream
come true for me… you did a spectacular job! Thanks to Harry
Langdon for his picture perfect contribution to this project.
Thank you to Bruce, to my husband and
constant companion. Your brilliance, your talent, your patience and your
love show me how much I still need to learn. I love you and admire you
so. To my wonderful daughters, Mimi, Brooklyn , Amanda and to Rosa
Argueta… I wish to thank you all for your commitment to me and
your patience with me. I love you so much. You are my life. P.S.
Congratulations Mimi and Rick Dohler.
Thanks to my parents, Andrew & Mary Gaines and
Lou & Margaret Sudano, for the good example you have been throughout
our lives… and continue to be. We love you.
Thank you Donna Buck-Tisdale, you've got the
patience of Job… truly. God bless you Sis.
Thanks Ceil Kasha for your constant believe and
love and to Brian Edwards, who's my special angel. Thanks to Tom Gilliam,
Jerry, Steve, Al and Nick Petrone, Veronica, Chris, Hassan and Dean…
because of your encouragement, faith, prayers and your love, you have
caused me to rise up when I've fallen down and to stand tall when I've
been weak. I cannot thank you enough for all that you mean to me… A big
juicy smacker on the lips!
I'd like to thank Stan, Bob, Herb, Kimberly and
everyone at Moress Nanas Shea Entertainment. Welcome aboard and fasten
your seat belts… get ready for the take off! You're doing a great job.
Thanks to The Design Studio in LA… to Nicky and the
gang. Thanks to Rosemart Russel and her helpers for their wonderful
designs and creations. To Weston Valet, thanks so much for keeping me
pressed, tucked and ironed. Thanks to Mary Loving-Gregory and all at
Steve Cropper Travel for their hard work and patience, you're one of a
kind… thanks for everything.
I thank God for surrounding me with so many caring, gifted people,
who have been dedicated to this project and given their utmost best to
me and for the grace and joy that surrounds this project. Bruce
Sudano, you are my soul mate even if you still clap on 1-3. I love you
and thanks for manning the ship. Brooklyn & Amanda Grace Sudano, you
are all I could have ever dreamed of. Congratulations Brooklyn and
Amanda on your straight A's. I'm honored to know you. Rick, Mimi &
Vienna Dohler, you've been more than a jewel all the way and we love
you. You have a bright, creatively inspired future waiting you. Andrew
and Mary Ellen Gaines, Margaret Sudano, Lou Sudano, my brother, sisters
nieces, nephews & other family members, thank you for your prayers,
guidance, love and understanding. Alice and Stanley Harris, thank you
for your undying love and support. (Don't forget the other redhead.)
Ceil& Al Kasha, thank you for all your support on the professional
and home front, congratulations on your new home. Mona & JohnSteele,
Dianne & Rodney Palmer, Lynn & Dennis Landesberg, Al & Dawn
Bunetta, Anita & Daro Blankenship, Bill & Renee Morris, Michael
& Stormie Omartian, Bernice & George Altschul, Nathan &
Laurie DiGesare, Holly & Paul Green, and Susan Munao, thanks for
your support, guidance, and love. Norman Brokaw, my mentor from the
start, the man with the big heart. I love you. Susan Weaving &
Ronald Scahill, thank you for your love and loyalty to my ongoing
career. You are a tower of strength to me when the going gets tough.
Gary Kress, Carla Green & Staff, thank you for keeping me up and
running (you little groupie). Stan Moress, Gerald Rosenblatt, Elliot
Brown, Peter Laird, Rob Heller, Ken DiCamillo, thank you for your hard
work and support. Tommy Mottola, let's make some new memories. Dave Glew
and Polly Anthony, I'm so happy to be a part of your family. Lee
Chestnut, Frank Ceraolo, Kaz Utsunomiya, Bill Frohlich, Craig Bruhn,
Rick Bisceglia, dale Cannone, Todd Glassman, Dawn Fox, Alice Butts,
Vivian Piazza, Carol Chen, Maryann Wiedemuth, Karen Gruning, Steve
Barnett, Lee Ferrucci, and the rest of the Sony Family, thank you for
all your support and integrity. Your work has definitely inspired me to
new heights. Wayne Isaak, Bruce Gillmer, Sean Murphy, and Michael Levine,
thank you for your vision and commitment to excellence. Steve, Jordan
& Marion Leber, thank you for all of your help in assisting me to
get where I am. Rosa & Cesar Palpcios, Doris Gomes, Louie Martinez
and Gina Delgado, thanks for keeping home together. Kimberly Lansing, my
little adopted sister. I love you. Jamie Kuban, Tess Coutras, Phyllis
Robinson, and Julie Bennett, you girls are my real backup singers. Greta
Gryzwana-Teague, thanks for stretching me to the hilt. Pat Naderhoff,
John Hayles, Gamilla Smith, Fran Wilkins, Bertha Joffrion, Gwen Bourhis,
and Barry Hendrickson, thank you for keeping me looking my best. Tina
Arena, thanks for your wonderful talent and lending your voice to my
special... it made it even more special. Gerard Smerek , thank
you for the good times we had in the studio. The Band: Mike Hanna -
Musical Director / Piano / Synthesizer, Mary Ellen Bernard - Background
Singer, Yvonne Hodges - Background Singer, Bruce Sudano -
Background Singer / Acoustic Guitar, Randy Mitchell - Guitar, John
Billings - Bass, George Perilli - Drums, Darryl Tibbs - Percussion,
Scott Hallgren - Keyboard, Ross Walters - Keyboard / Saxophone /
Harmonica / Flute, The Crew: Scott Schneider - Tour / Production
Manager, Lisa Magee - Stage manager, Greg Hamm - Lighting Director, Dave
Frank - Monitor Engineer, Bobby Stewart - Security Director, Rod Henry -
Moving Light Designer, John Flanagan - Band Technician, Rob Hilliard -
Production Assistant, Tom Schull - Video Engineer, Tom Heinisch - Sound
Engineer, Denise Eppolito - Personal Assistant / Wardrobe, you are
the best band and crew I've ever had and you take touring to the next
level. Tom Gilliam , Paul Carlton, Steve Bennett, Archie Lynch, Jose
Jimenez, Brian Edwards, Veronica Scaglione, Cathy Hawkins and the Fan
Club Members, thank you for your undying support and love throughout the
good and bad times, happy and sad times. I'm so glad God brought you
into my life.
I thank GOD for my life and talent and The Journey. For
surrounding me with such wonderful people who have assisted in making this
project possible and for the many blessings in my life.
My Husband, Bruce: Though joys and triumphs, sadness and
disappointment. My One & Only...
My Family: Brooklyn, Amanda, Mimi, Rick, Vienna, and Savannah
for helping me through this project, for your support and attention. I
"A TALENT GOES NOWHERE WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN THEM"
Giorgio Moroder: For believing in me and putting up with me and
my sense of humor. I love you, you're my big brother and I'm so thankful
for your creative input in my life.
Susan Munao: For all your support and assistance. Your input,
tenacity combines with the love and care with which you do everything, has
made our joining forces on this project great... and you know you have the
makings of being a Diva!
Kimberly & Kirk Manz: I'm forever grateful for your constant
love, support and tireless efforts to help me no matter what and to keep
my life on track. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed and I couldn't
have completed this journey without you by my side.
Bruce Resnikoff: It's a blessing to have someone like you in my
corner, your enthusiasm and support is what has made this project so
exciting. And to your incredible staff: Adam Starr, Jeff Moskow, Bob
Mercer, Andy McKaie, Vartan, Charlie Katz, Sujata Murthy, Ken Patrick, Ute
To all my great Producers: Who have contributed so much to my
musical journey: Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Gary Klein, Qunicy Jones,
Michael Omartian, Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman.
To all the great Songwriters: Who have shared their talents
through words and melodies that reach around the world. Giorgio Moroder,
Pete Bellotte, Barry Manilow, Adrienne Anderson, Paul Jabara, Jimmy Webb,
Greg Mathieson, Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey, Bruce Sudano, Eddie
Hokenson, Joe Esposito, Bruce Roberts, Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Merria
Ross, Vangelis, Jon Anderson, Michael Omartian, Mike Stack, Matt Aitken,
Peter Waterman, Nathan DiGesare.
Neil Bogart: A true visionary. I am thankful to God for bringing
him into my life. It remains a testament to Neil's genius that this music
continues to impact to many.
Joyce Bogart-Trabulus, you were there from the beginning. Thank
you for your help and support.
Cecil Holmes, how could I ever forget the man who gave me his
shoulder to drool on?
Norman Brokaw, the man, the mentor. Without you, I could not
have carried on in my career.
David Geffen, your honesty and generosity, as well as your
friendship, I will treasure always.
Aart Dalhuisen, a real peacemaker and true gentleman. I'll
always remember you.
Doug Morris, you gave ma a home when I needed it most, and here
were are together again.
Gerry Rosenblatt, your counsel has always been right-on all
through the years.
Gary Kress, for keeping track of the cash.
Susan Weaving, your friendship and faithfulness continue. For
always putting up with me and fighting for me.
Jonathan Karp, you are a gem. because of you this "Ordinary
Girl" is now an author.
Bill Levenson, you're always supportive of my every turn, and a
real friend in the trenches.
Harry Langdon, you always captured me in the right light, and
put up with my creative craziness.
Bobby Stewart, you have always made me feel safe and secure...
my bodyguard! I will always love you for that.
Joyce Friedman & Bob LaRosa, welcome aboard!
Brian Edwards, your constant help and support I cherish, my
Cathy Hawkins, who is always in my corner, and knows what's
happening even before I do.
Tom Gilliam, for all your support throughout the years, your
undying loyalty and love. Thanks also to Veronica Scaglione and Nick
Petrone... and to ALL my American fans and those from ALL over the
world: Africa; Australia; Canada; Austria; England; France; Germany;
Holland; Italy; and the rest of Europe; Japan; South America, and the
rest of the world.
Special Thanks To: Abacus Media, Chris Butler, Ashley Culp, Jim Dobbe,
Cliff Feiman, Ramon Galbert, Ritchie Gallo, Rickie Goodman, Kathy Hale,
Anthony Hayes, Steve Heldt, Michael Kachko, Elliot Kendall, Robin Kirby,
Jason Kleve, Lee Lodyga, Davis Mucci, Todd Nakamine, Mike Rosenberg, Laura
Rutherford, Glen Sanatar, Anita Stewart, Jerome Stine, Richie Zito.
Firstly, I’d like to thank GOD from whom all of our
gifts and talents come from, for taking the impossible
out of the improbable and creating the inevitable
To my Burgundy/SONY BMG Team:
JOHN INGRASSIA: You have a great staff that under
your leadership makes great choices. It’s a small tight
machine, with honed skills and the eye of the tiger, of
which you can be very proud. MATT STRINGER: From
the day you walked in and hugged me and tried to
convince me to make an oldies record, it was love at
first sight. You have proved yourself over and over
again. A man of your word, your love of the music
makes those who make it strive even more for greatness
and I love you for that. IRIS MAENZA: You’re
like a charm, hanging off my neck. You always bring a
sparkle to everything you do. Your fervor and commitment
to excellence blows me away. Love you so
much and thank you. ERWIN GOROSTIZA: You have
great taste, vision and foresight. It’s as though you
have a magic eye that no one else has. You put the
perfect gloss on anything you touch. LARRY HAMBY:
Thanks for your great ears and always encouraging
voice of reason. JIM KELLY: The baby’s in your care,
now it’s your hand that will “Rock” the cradle. I know
you’ll do a great job. ANGELA BARKAN: You’re a
sweetheart, a real go-getter who has it all covered.
Keep pressing on!!
Special Thanks: STACEY BAIN, MICHAEL BLOCK,
ANDY CAHN, CHRIS GANNETT, SAM GOMEZ, BOB
HOCH, JOHN HUDSON, JENNIFER LIEBESKIND,
ROGER MENZ, JEREMY MEYERS, ALEX MILLER,
ROSEANN RIZZO, DAVE SANTANIELLO, DARIN
SOLER, ERIC TREMBLAY, JOHN VERNILE, CRAIG
WEINBERG, DANNY WYNN. Also: BILL BERROLL,
TIM MCDANIEL, ED JEFFERSON, ZACH KATZ,
MARK BEAVEN, JIM VELLUTATO, HEATHER
HAWKINS, WILLIAM DERELLA
HOSH GURELI: Your expertise and passion for what
you do is unrivaled. BOBBY SHAW: You’re No. 1!
GERRY ROSENBLATT: You are constant from the
beginning to the end…. all the way. I bet you have
some good stories to tell. Thanks for running shotgun
for me. BOB LAROSA: Thanks for taking good care of
us, for screwing our heads on straight and plowing
through the day-to-day grind. I nominate you the official
Godfather. NORMAN BROKAW: Years of history, undying commitment, impeccable input, consistent
encouragement and unfailing love-from one chairman
to another. Thank you, Mr. Chairman of the Board.
ROB HELLER: Hey Robbie, meeting at my place but
not until after twelve (and bring your secret Ray
Charles tapes). Thanks for your perseverance, balanced
planning and seeing me as a person, not just
another pretty face. So let’s face it, you’re my best
man so let’s bat this ball out the stadium. PETE
GANBARG: We made it through and no one got
killed!!! I really appreciate your “Clive-like” eye for
detail and unwavering commitment to me and this
project. I smell greatness!! RANDY COHEN: From our
first lunch appointment until now, you have proven
yourself to be trustworthy, on the case, eyes wide
open, forward thinking and loyal. I am grateful and
thankful you have remained consistent and committed
to this project and to me. I love you bubbie. SUSAN
MUNAO: Since I stepped off the plane from Europe,
it’s been a long journey and you’ve been tirelessly
fighting for me all the way. No detail is too small for
you. You’ve been a good sister and a good friend.
You’re one of a kind. Woops, it’s true!
To all the songwriters that worked on this CD project
with me: Your input and humor, your laughter and sadness
helped to create a beautiful CD. I pray that these
copyrights will be a great legacy to you in the years to
come. DANIELLE BRISEBOIS: God bless you and your
husband on your wedding day and new life. You’re a
gifted woman and have a big future. May your dreams
unfold greater than your expectations, I love you my
“little sister.” GREG KURSTIN: You are a great man,
gifted and an honor to know. I love you and I’m so
proud of what we produced together. Save some time
for me in the future. JR ROTEM: You’re headed for
greater things than even you realize. You got the
goods. EVAN “KIDD” BOGART: What can I say but
that you are a gift from God, more than you will ever
know. You made my life easy. Your unselfish ways
were exemplary and you are extremely insightful and
gifted. I know your mother Joyce is kvelling and your
dad Neil is beaming from heaven saying “that’s my
boy!” TOBY GAD: Working with you was like opening
a little box of surprises. Every day was a joy even
when our horns locked. LESTER MENDEZ & WAYNE
HECTOR: My time with you was a learning curve, we
have more to do and this journey has not come to an
end. You both have helped me to see myself again.
JAMIE HOUSTON: To my homeboy “Hey, I knew we could do it.” We can change the world and we have
many more songs to write together. NATHAN
DIGESARE & JAKOB PETREN: Nathan my brother,
my studmuffin and Jacob, I am honored to be a part
of this creative journey with both of you. Hattie will
never be the same. AL KASHA: You’re a quiet man
with thunder in your soul. Your wisdom ignites me,
your support under girds me and your spirit refreshes
mine. SEBASTIAN AROCHA MORTON: Your Latin
passion and attentiveness to my energy in the studio
was so fueling, I am a fire. You and I are a great match.
ZIGGY MARLEY: Thank you for coming in and adding
a new color to Crayons. Let’s do it again. MIRI BENARI:
It was my great honor to have you play on my
record. In my opinion, you are one with your violin.
JENNY BERGGREN: The minute we met I knew it
would be a long time friendship. Thank you for your
input on my record and sharing your world with me.
MARY ELLEN BERNARD: My sister, you’re the wind
beneath my wings and now it’s time for me to give
back what you have given to me- fly, eagle fly. My love
and support on your new gospel album are always
there for you. HATTIE MAE BLANCHE DUBOIS: To
my dear friend & sister, it’s been a dream of ours to
do something together. You are one soulful woman.
Family & Friends:
BRUCE SUDANO: My husband and lover boy, “All that
I need is sand on my feet and you.” Thank you for putting
up with me even when I was tired and a “little”
cranky, nervous and chatty. Thank you for the heart
that beats within you, the courage to stand your
ground and the uncomplicated and humble way that
you address all things – you teach and inspire me to
greatness or madness….you choose. To my children:
MIMI-RICK, BROOKLYN-MIKE, AMANDA (and
ABNER), my grandchildren: VIENNA, SAVANNA and
ISAIAH….You’re the jewels in my crown, every time
you sparkle it’s a reflection of the stone you were
cut from. I’ve always been honored to be your parent
and blessed to be able to call you my children.
ROSA ARGUETTA: To my Rosie, you got me through
so many days. I know you’re “the real diva” and the
best is yet to come. LILLIANA MORENA and
CAESAR PALACIO: Thank you for being such an
important part of my life. TAIHISHA GRANT for all
her support, encouragements and love. My sister
JEANETTE, RICKY & MOZEL, LINDA, MARYELLEN
& GERARDO, DARA and all my nieces and nephews.
LOU, MADGE, BARRY, JACKIE, and FATHER
GLENN SUDANO: Thank you all for humor, your
love, support and keeping me grounded….. The
Empress will be indebted to you for life. I love you
all. ALICE & STANLEY HARRIS: We have a long history
together, New York to Paris, Paris to the Hamptons and so on. Life with the Harris’ is always
Fobulous! I love you. By the way….You’re not the
boss of me. CEIL KASHA: My armor bearer and
cheerleader, thank you for every time you picked up
my spirits, ran along side of me and said, “You can
do this.” Every time we ran whenever I dropped the
ball, you didn’t. You kept the process moving. By the
way, I found some fantastic chairs!
Thank you to my friends: CARMELLA & RITCHIE
CIRCEL, BILLY KITTLITZ, CHRISTINE & JUNIOR
AGLIRA, DENNIS & LYNNE LANDSBURG, TOM &
DEBRA DUCLON, JETT & NELDA THOMPSON,
RICE & JODY BROOCKS, TIM & LACHELLE
JOHNSON, RON SMITH, BOB & JUDY GAUDIO,
DANA KASHA COHEN & DEAN and all my friends at
BITS & PIECES, THE BLUE PINEAPPLE and TIGERS
To my band & crew, my posse & my peeps: The first
step is taken, the second is yours, “let’s get the show
on the road!”
SCOTT SCHNEIDER: You’re my Eagle Scout, thanks
for laying the ground work in front and behind the
scenes. Few can walk in your shoes. You can take a
lickin’ and keep on tickin’. I appreciate you completely
and love you dearly. DENISE EPPOLITO “DUTCHESS
OF NARROWS”: There are few woman who can work
backstage all day and night and still look like a high-class
broad from Wall Street. You go girl! BOBBY STEWART:
My bodyguard, you put yourself between danger and
me and you’re more than a brother, you’re my guardian
angel. Does that make you feel all warm and fuzzy?
JENS WENDELBOE, JOHN BILLINGS, RANDY
MITCHELL, GEORGE PERILLI, MART ELLEN
BERNARD, YVONNE HODGES, BRUCE SUDANO,
DAVID BEECHAM, TOM HEINISCH, SCOTT
BEAVERS, ROD HENRYMARK, ALAN JOHNSON,
LISA MAGEE, CHERYL HALL, LISA CARLSON,
DANIEL GOLDBERG. LINDA STOKES: You keep me
lookin’ good!! DEBBIE BROWN: You always come
through for me, hairs to ya!!
CLIVE DAVIS: Remember you told me it’s all about
the song. Your words resonated in my mind the whole
time I was working on this project. Thank you so
much, I have the utmost respect for you.
JOE DIMURO: I know you were there at the beginning
and none of this would have happened unless
you had the courage to have said yes. Thank you for
having faith in me.
I dedicate this album to my fans. I hope you love it.
With all my heart, Donna
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