Donna Summer: She could sing anything,
anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[NOV 23] Greetings all - and
(early) Happy Thanksgving to my American friends. (And if my
international friends would like to join in the holiday celebration Thursday
- just tell your employers that I said it is okay to take the day off.
[NOV 23] There's not a
whole lot going on this week. We have the CD and vinyl box sets (and of
course the individual albums) coming out next week, so if you haven't
ordered yet, now is a great time. (Available at Amazon
UK on December 1 and through Amazon
US on December 9.) Get a box set for everyone on your holiday
list! And then we can dance December away. :-) I'm sad to
report that I haven't run into Christmas Spirit at the local
Targets or Walmarts, yet so thank god for online
[NOV 23] Giorgio Moroder fans:
he will be releasing his first solo
album for something like 30 years sometime next spring. It should be
[NOV 23] Johnnyswim fans - make
sure you catch them on their Christmas
tour. And if you can't make the tour, at least grab a copy Diamonds
Johnnyswim Christmas (or BOTH!) The albums make great gifts you
[NOV 23] That brings us to
YouTube. Check out the video montage for Who
Do You Think You're Foolin' by out friend Suecase Hall, Glenn
For A Day video mix, the Could
It Be Magic promo video, a fan video for Christmas
Is Here, Donna on the Queen
Latifah Show, and a bonus of Mary Gaines Bernard singing Make
[NOV 16] Greetings all! Just a
reminder - the 80s CDs (and vinyls) are due out via Amazon
UK on December 1 and through Amazon
US as imports on December 9. Personally, I found it more cost
effective to order through Amazon UK, but your mileage may vary.
[NOV 16] Also, for those of you
who have to endure Christmas music not of your own choosing (I'm looking at
YOU retail workers!), Amazon has Christmas
Spirit available. It's great for scrubbing your brain of the
other junk we get subjected to.
[NOV 16] In the Donna is
everywhere category, the folks at the TV show Scandal are
doing it again. They sneaked a Donna song into the last episode - Bad
Girls. There has to be a fan or two working there. :-)
[NOV 16] That brings us to
Johnnyswim, who as you know, released their Christmas
EP this week. Read more about the EP here,
[NOV 16] And speaking of
Johnnyswim, did you know they have a web
store now? Right now it's just t-shirts (although every fan needs some
JS swag :-) ) but eventually they will add CDs and vinyl.
[NOV 16] That brings us to
YouTube. First up is Donna promoting All
Systems Go on Jay Leno (the clip has 2 songs, the interview and
enough tulle to swallow Donna in her chair LOL), Stor Dubine's video
He Love You, Romeo
from RAI TV, Work
That Magic (with male dancers voguing behind her), and the video for
Love Takes Over You.
[NOV 10] Happy Monday all!
Sorry the update is late, but I was busy all weekend. (Holy cow I got off
the couch for a change! LOL) First up, remember how I have been saying
that A Johnnyswim Christmas was coming out on November 11?
Well, at iTunes
it is already November 11 apparently. Go grab your copy now! And while it is
downloading, check out this
article with behind the scenes pics of the duo and a stream of their
original song, Christmas Day.
[NOV 10] And while we are on
the topic of Johnnyswim, Amanda has recorded the vocals for a cover for You
Belong To Me with the Doobie Brothers (and Vince Gill on guitar.) You
can hear it on YouTube.
Or better yet, it's on the album Southbound
by the Doobies. You can buy the whole album or just the one track.
[NOV 10] Moving on to the
diva herself, Donna, first up is the remastered 80s albums/boxsets coming
out next month. As some of you are probably aware, the Fan Club had a
contest in which a couple of people won samplers for the box set. The
winners have received their prizes and are happy to report that the
remastering was very well done. To quote one: "Donna's voice is so clear and you can hear sounds never heard before."
So if you haven't pre-ordered any of the albums or box sets yet, now is the
time! And if you have ordered already, now is the time to start saying,
"Is it here yet? How about now? What about now?" as you pace back
and forth to the mailbox. ;-)
[NOV 10] And if you need
something to fill in the time as you are pacing back and forth to your
mailbox looking for the upcoming cds, why not check out the Fan
Club website. You never know when Tom will sneak in a new contest, plus
there are some cool t-shirts and things to buy. (The holidays are
coming... you must know someone who would like a little Donna under
their tree. Or even better - 8 days of Donna! ;-) )
[NOV 10] That brings us to
YouTube. First up, a medley
of Grammy nominated songs from Donna and Kenny Rogers that includes a
little Doobie Brothers near the end. Next up is the Ralph Rosario mix of I
Feel Love, a radio edit of You
're So Beautiful, MacArthur
Park from Night Of The Proms, From
A Distance with Better Midler and Raul Malo, Let
It Be from UK television, and Donna on Oprah.
[NOV 10] And finally, here in
the US is it Veteran's Day. So thank you to all the Veterans out there, and
their families for your sacrifices over the years.
[NOV 2] Greetings all, I can't
believe it's November already! That means it's time for the new Summer Fever
Pick. This month we go on a Fairytale High with Once Upon A
[NOV 2] We're gonna
change things up a bit and start off with some Johnnyswim news. They
have 2 upcoming releases due soon. The first is is their Christmas EP due on
November 11. The second is... a baby boy due in February. :-)
Congrats Amanda and Abner! No word yet if the baby will immediately
join the band, or if they will wait until he can walk and talk first.
[NOV 2] In Donna news, as you
know we are expecting a whole bunch of remastered CDs on December 1. Amazon
UK has sound clips from the remastered albums in their digital music
store. Just click this link and scroll down for the remastered albums. (Make
sure the album you pick says it's the remastered version - Amazon still has
the old versions available for sale too.)
[NOV 2] I found a couple of
articles that mentioned Donna - some more recent than others. First is
a nod to Stamp Your Feet in an article about songs
that should have hit the top 10. Then there is the 2012 list of
you may never have heard. (Obviously in this case "you"
refers to someone who isn't a diehard Donna fan. LOL) And Cracked
has an article about people who "secretly made all your favorite
music." Giorgio Moroder made that list and of course any time
someone talks about Giorgio, Donna gets mentioned somewhere. :-)
[NOV 2] In the Donna is
everywhere category, She Works Hard For The Money was played
throughout a recent episode of Rachel Ray in which Rachel was handing out
cash to people in the food industry who have done amazing charity
[NOV 2] Bruce Sudano fans - I
know most of you probably checked out his appearance on VOA's Border
Crossings. Well, now VOA has released a
video copy of that appearance. It was a really good interview, so
be sure to check it out again - or if you missed it on the radio, catch it
now. (And stick with it to the really cool new song at the very end.) By the
way, if you think you recognize the other guitar player... well, you
probably do. He's Randy Mitchell and he was with Donna's band for years.
[NOV 2] I think that brings us
to YouTube. First up is a video presentation of the Grammy
Museum exhibit for those of us who can't get to LA to see it in person.
(Thanks Ray!) Then we have a mix of Running
For Cover, a clip of Winter
Love from Soul Train, an audio clip of Someday
(Gypsy Classic Radio Mix), the video for The
Woman In Me, and the Pound
Foolish episode of Family Matters.
[NOV 2] That's it for
this week. Next weekend, the update will either happen on Friday (if I can
get time that day) or it will be delayed until Monday. I have an
unusually packed weekend planned, so most of my Donna time will be spent in
the car instead of on the computer. (And there is nothing like driving with
Donna tuned cranked up at full volume - if you live within a 100 mile radius
of me, you may even hear me. LOL)
[OCT 26] Happy almost-Halloween
everyone! How many of you are going to dress up as Donna for the
[OCT 26] Calling all fans in
Los Angeles (or who will be in Los Angeles on November 1) - the Grammy
Museum will be throwing a Donna Summer Nights party on November 1 from 4 to
8 PM. They will be spinning tunes all night, and will have a cash bar
on every floor. Admission is free but you must reserve a space.
Details are on the Grammy
Museum website. (And if you are going to Los Angeles at any time
in the relatively near future - make sure you catch their Four Seasons Of
Love exhibit. )
[OCT 26] In the land of covers,
Kristin Chenoweth has a new
album and PBS special coming out called Coming
Home. On it she covers Enough Is Enough. Look for
the album on November 17 and the PBS special will start airing on November
28. (As always with PBS specials, you have to check your local listings.)
There will also be a DVD release in February.
[OCT 26] If you aren't already,
you should be keeping an eye on the Donna
Summer Fan Club site (or check them out on Facebook
if that's your thing). Tom has already run one contest for CD
collection samplers, and he's planning another one soon for a tourbook.
For the last contest, all you had to do was correctly answer a trivia
contest. (Well, in a manner of speaking that is. Nothing Donna related can
truly be considered "trivia". ;-) )
[OCT 26] I know everyone is
eagerly awaiting the Geffen deluxe releases, but some of you may remember
that a Casablanca
CD set was due to come out in Europe soon. Well, that release date
seems have been pushed back to February, but the interesting thing is that a
seller on Amazon UK had a couple of copies available, and people were able
to buy them. A poster on the forum had received his shipment notice from
Amazon already and he plans to let everyone know when he gets his set.
[OCT 26] Johnnyswim fans -
November 11 is rapidly approaching! And you know what that means - soon we
will be able to hear A Johnnyswim Christmas. But while you are
waiting for that album, go check them out on
tour. And go out and grab a few more copies of Diamonds.
They make great gifts. :-) (Oops... I think my family knows what
they are all getting now.)
[OCT 26] And I think that
brings us to YouTube. Look for She
Works Hard For The Money from European TV, a very young Donna
singing Black Power,
Donna in a promo film for Hair
(it takes about 3 minutes before you see her), a clip of Meglio
Stasera, and a clip of The
[OCT 19] Greetings all!
There isn't much going on in Donna-land right now. We're just waiting for
those deluxe CDs and vinyls to hit. (Is it December yet? How about
now? LOL) But while we are waiting, the people over at the TV show
Scandal decided that MacArthur Park was the perfect closer to one of the
early episodes this season. I've never seen the show, but I always
agree with someone using a Donna song. ;-)
[OCT 19] In the Donna is everywhere
category, she got a weird little mention in an article
about petitioners. In a nutshell, the article is about how annoying it
can be to be accosted by petitioners in the street. The article includes
these lines: A fellow journalist told me she was shouted at recently while obviously listening to music: specifically, the music of Donna Summer. When you mess with Donna Summer, you've gone over the line.
[OCT 19] Johnnyswim fans: the
pair have announced a whole bunch of new
tour dates in support of their upcoming Christmas EP. Many of those
tickets are already on sale, and they are going fast. If you want to catch
Johnnyswim at any of their dates, buy your tickets EARLY.
[OCT 19] That brings us to
YouTube. This week look for the video for Try
Me, Glenn Rivera's Restructured Mix of The
Wanderer, A video for Could
It Be Magic, Hot
Stuff live in Beijing, a country
medley with Eddie Rabbitt, Heal
Them from a telethon, and a live version of Nights
In White Satin.
[OCT 12] Happy Sunday all - and
Happy Thanksgiving Canada! First up - an article in Billboard
about new signings, etc mentions that Donna is being distributed by The
[OCT 12] Aretha Franklin's new
Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics comes out October 21. The
track list is already on Amazon, and despite early reports to the contrary, Last
Dance is not on the list. I'm sure those of you ho wanted to hear
Aretha's take on the song are disappointed, while those who can't imagine
anyone but Donna singing it are relieved. My question is, did they
record the song and then leave it in the vault? Or did they just not bother
recording it at all?
[OCT 12] Johnnyswim fans, while
they are currently on
tour until November in support of Diamonds, on Tuesday they
will announce dates for a Christmas tour. A couple of cities they plan to
hit are Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Nashville. The Nashville
tickets are already
on sale. And I know I sound like a broken record, but you need to get
your tickets EARLY! Johnnyswim tends to sell out everywhere they go.
[OCT 12] If you are looking for
handmade jewelry, don't forget Mimi is making and selling stuff on Etsy.
(Some pretty nice stuff too!)
[OCT 12] That brings us to
YouTube. Look for a Japanese
concert in support of All Systems Go (it's the one that
includes Donna's awesome cover of Celebrate Me Home), then
there is Hot
Stuff/ Bad Girls from the Nobel Peace Prize concert, I
Will Go With You from a TV appearance, and I
Love You from The Tonight Show.
[OCT 5] Greetings all! It's a
new month so you know what that means. It's time for the new Summer Fever
Pick. This month, we look at I Remember Yesterday.
[OCT 5] California - if you
missed the slasher parody, I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna
Summer, then you can catch it at the Cavern
Club Theater for a limited engagement from October 10 to 25.
[OCT 5] If you missed it in
2012, Jellybean Benitez had some
nice things to say to CNN about Donna.
[OCT 5] Bruce fans - don't miss
him at Genghis
Cohen in Los Angeles on October 10.
[OCT 5] Johnnyswim fans - mark
your calendars. November 11 s the release date for their upcoming
Christmas EP. It's called A Johnnyswim Christmas and the
tracks will be: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, O Come All
Ye Faithful, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Christmas Waltz,
and a live version of What Are You Doing New Year's Eve. Check
out the cover art on Instagram.
And don't forget, the duo is currently (perpetually!) on
tour, so try to catch them when they get to a place near you.
[OCT 5] That brings us to
YouTube. This week look for the Live
& More Encore concert, the 1980
TV Special, Donna with Barry Manilow on Could
It Be Magic (one of my favorite clips), Clips
from Divas 2000, and an audio clip of Walk
Hand In Hand.
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