Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[JUN 19] Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
[JUN 19] Let's start off with something that's not Donna related but
that affects many of you who have attended concerts over the years. If
you bought tickets through Ticketmaster any time between October 21,
1999 and February 27, 2013, well you may have a voucher for some free
tickets waiting in your Ticketmaster account. Apparently a class action
suit was recently settled and this is the result. Now so far they
aren't saying which shows you can use your vouchers for, but since the
vouchers are good until 2020, we have plenty of time for them to decide.
There is more info
here, but I recommend that you all check your Ticketmaster accounts
and see what's waiting for you.
[JUN 19] Boston held the 3rd annual Donna Summer Roller Disco Party the
other night. I saw a couple of videos on Facebook and it looks like the
place was PACKED! It also looked like people were having a blast.
:-) (Well, how could they not have fun with all those Donna tunes
playing?) They also included a moment of silence for the victims of the
Orlando Pulse tragedy. I thought that was a nice touch. I expect in the
coming days there will be photos and videos off Facebook that I can
Paste Magazine has compiles a list of 10 disco records for people
who don't like disco. Bad Girls made the list - along with Giorgio
Moroder's From Here To Eternity.
[JUN 19] According to a recent article on
LatinGossip.com, Thalia is working on the Donna Summer Project
[JUN 19] I think that brings us to YouTube. In honor of the Tonys last
weekend - let's check out Donna and some showtunes. First up we
have Donna with the cast of Haare in Germany with
Flesh Failures. And then a 2009 performance of
Der Wasserman in Berlin. Then we have a cover of
Don't Rain On My Parade, a cover of The
Impossible Dream, and a cover of
Send In The Clowns. Then there is
Will Live For Love, both from musicals Donna was working on. And
then finally, this
last one isn't from a Broadway musical, but it is from a movie
musical and it's very fitting for Father's Day.
[JUN 12] Greetings all. I was going to say Happy Sunday, but if
you have read the news from Florida, it's not a happy day. If you
haven't seen the news yet, well the short version is that some nut went
into a gay club called Pulse in Orlando and shot the place up. He killed
50 people and wounded another 50 some odd in what is being called the
worst mass shooting in the history of the US. The gunman himself was
killed in an exchange of fire with police. I just can't even wrap my
head around what would possess a person to do something so heinous. I
know there will be plenty of talk and debate over the next days and
weeks of what we as a nation should be doing to prevent another mass
shooting. (And as usual, probably 99% of that will be hot air that leads
to nothing.) But for tonight, I would just like to focus on the victims
rather than the debate. And so, I offer my deepest condolences to
the families and friends of those who lost people in this tragedy. And
to the injured, I wish a very speedy recovery from both the physical and
the emotional wounds you incurred. It shouldn't have happened. But it's
going to take someone way smarter than me to figure out how to keep
something like this from happening again.
[JUN 12] Boston - don't forget that this Friday (June 17) you have the
big Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Party in City Hall Plaza from 6
to 10 PM. This is the third annual roller disco party and fans
have reported that the last 2 have been really fun. So if you are in the
area - go check it out.
[JUN 12] OK, there has been a lot of discussion on the forum
lately about this
Greatest Hits package. Upon examination, the fans have determined
that this particular set is a Russian bootleg. So buyer beware!
[JUN 12] Bruce Sudano fans - check out this nice review on
FlickOfTheFinger.co.uk. Also, Bruce was on The Vinyl Lunch a couple
of weeks ago and that has finally turned up on the show's
online archives. So you can hear it now if you missed the broadcast.
[JUN 12] I think that brings us to YouTube. Since it's Tony night, I had
originally planned to showcase Donna and her theater songs. But in light
of the events in Orlando, I think the world could use a little love
right now. So let's start with
Love Is The Healer, and then
Love Is In Control,
Love You live, and the amazing symphonic clip of
Will Live For Love. And then let me throw in
Celebrate Me Home, and
Let There Be Peace just because they feel appropriate tonight.
[JUN 5] Happy Sunday all! First up - the new
Summer Fever Pick is posted. This
month we look at I Remember Yesterday.
[JUN 5] Some sad news this week. Muhammed Ali passed away Friday after a
long battle with Parkinson's Disease. As many of you know, he was a
world class boxer, a man of conviction who wasn't afraid to stand up for
his beliefs, and a friend of Donna's. I believe at one point in the 70s
they even shared a bodyguard. You can see pictures of them together like
this one on
Getty Images, or this one on
Tumblr. Our friend Suecase Hall on YouTube came up with a tribute
video set to
The Power Of One.
[JUN 5] Boston - don't forget that on Friday June 17 you have the 3rd
Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Party in City Hall Plaza. They
have free skate rental, food trucks, water stations, live art and
interactive exhibits, the Boston Roller Derby, and ... oh yeah...
MUSIC!!! Lots of Donna tunes presided over by DJ Kon. O'mega Red
is going to put in an appearance, and who knows who else may show up?
Donna does have lots of family in Boston still. :-)
[JUN 5] In honor of summer,
Musicvaultz.com has posted their list of the top 20 "hot" songs.
(They are all songs with either "hot" or "heat" in the title.) Can you
guess what came out at number one? ;-)
[JUN 5] Johnnyswim fans - check out one of their
new songs captured at a recent concert.
[JUN 5] I think that brings us to YouTube. First up is
Remember Yesterday live from 1977, the
Man Medley from her 1980 TV special,
Smile from 2010,
Lush Life from the Quincy Jones album,
Vie En Rose live in Paris,
Masquerade live in Venezuela, and
Someone To Watch Over Me from Live & More Encore (audio only).
[MAY 30] Happy Memorial Day weekend to all my American friends! And
happy normal weekend to everyone else! As it's the first official
weekend of the summer (or should I say Summer?) season here in the US, I
hope you all found some time to play a few Donna tunes. :-) I also
hope you took a little time to remember the reason for the holiday - all
those soldiers from all those wars who made the ultimate sacrifice. May
they rest in peace with the thanks of a grateful nation.
[MAY 30] In the Donna is everywhere category - I Feel Love is being used
in an odd little ad in the UK. The company is EDF Energy and their odd
little mascot dances to the song. You can
watch it here.
[MAY 30] Bruce Sudano fans - there is a new interview with him on
In The Spotlight. He was also on Acme Radio Live's The Vinyl Lunch
today. That show does have
archives online, but as of this writing Bruce's episode isn't posted
just yet so just check back there in a few days. If you have Facebook,
you can check out
Bruce's whole set at City Winery in Nashville. For those who are
wondering, that's Randy Mitchell on stage with Bruce. (Yes, he was with
Donna's band previously.) The link MAY work for non-Facebookers as well,
but I can't promise that.
[MAY 30] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's have a summer theme
this time. :-) So first up is
Spring Affair/Summer Fever live. Then there is
Hot Stuff live at the Today Show Summer Concert series,
Sand On My Feet live, a fan video for
Driving Down Brazil,
Will Go With You live at Jones Beach, and of course
Last Dance from the Hollywood Bowl. ANd finally in honor of Memorial
Day we have
The Star Spangled Banner, and
[MAY 22] Happy Sunday all! My MS Walk was yesterday and it was a
big success, so thank you all for your support! All but 2 of my thank
you gifts have been mailed out (and those were from late donations and
will go out sometime during the week.) So if you didn't get yours yet,
it's on the way.
[MAY 22] If you are in Vancouver (or will be on May 28) check out the
Reinvention Of Disco event at the Edgewater Casino. It will be a live
multimedia stage event celebrating the music of Donna Summer. For more
info and to see the promo video, check out the
Reinvention Of Disco website.
[MAY 22] The deluxe edition of Crayons is out on
Amazon UK now. The word from a fan who has it is that the book
and essay are great. He also says the sound quality is fantastic.
[MAY 22] If you want to have a little fun with Google, try
this search. You will get a bunch of classic photos, a bunch of
outtakes from various photo shoots, and then some super rare photos
where Donna looks just like Diana Ross, Cher, Charo, Loni
Anderson, Jane Fonda, etc. LOL (Gotta love search results! They
can be so random sometimes!) Don't forget if you are in the
Nashville area, catch Bruce at the City Winery on May 27.
[MAY 22] Bruce Sudano fans - check out his
recent interview promoting his NYC show at Rockwood Hall. If you are
on Facebook, you can check out a short clip of the
NYC Show. And those of you who didn't go to the show are gonna kick
yourselves - at the end of the concert Bruce invited Joe Esposito and
Eddie Hokenson to join him on stage. (You might recognize those names as
the other 2 members of the Brooklyn Dreams.) The 3 of them did a
nice impromptu version of Bad Girls to close the show.
[MAY 22] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's start with the
alternate version of
People Talk. This version has a little "rap" section that didn't
appear in the released version. Then we have the original demo of
True Love Survives, the demo of
Bad Girls, a demo of
Addiction, a short clip of
Half The Battle, a short clip of Donna singing
Dolce Vida, a clip of the studio version of
Life being played in a club, and finally the studio version of
Vie En Rose with the
live version for comparison.
[MAY 15] Happy Sunday all! First of all, let's get this out of the way
right away. You guys all know what Tuesday is. It's so hard to
believe it's been 4 years since Donna left us. (Add all the others who
have left us recently and all I can say is there must be one heck of a
music festival going on in Heaven!) Tom over at the Fan Club has
a page set up for anyone who wants to share their memories or
thoughts of Donna at this time. And of course all the Facebook pages and
groups will be very active with... well just about anything Donna
related that people care to share.
[MAY 15] Moving on from memories to something more current,
has been updated a bit. AND in an interview in Billboard, Bruce
confirmed that we will be hearing some unreleased Donna tracks. (Take a
breath.... he didn't say WHEN, so don't hound the guy every day!
LOL) He also mentioned the Broadway play that was announced in Playbill
a couple of weeks ago. Bruce is one of the producers, along with
Dodger Theatricals - the guys behind Jersey Boys. :-)
[MAY 15] And as long as I mentioned Bruce's interview, you might want to
go take a look at it. He also talks about the music business,
touring with the Zombies, and just putting his back in order the past
[MAY 15] In Johnnyswim news, the duo will be spotted this summer in
Macy's American Icons campaign.
[MAY 15] And I think that brings us to YouTube. I know a lot of you will
be sad on Tuesday, but last year I made the decision to remember the fun
side of being a Donna Summer fan instead of focusing on her loss. That
worked for me because I'd really rather remember Donna with a smile than
with tears. (And please note, this is what works for ME - you guys have
to do what works for YOU. Grieving and healing very personal things.) So
with that in mind, I thought I'd post some fun clips. First up,
red Ferrari story (not my favorite telling of that story, but videos
of it are hard to come by.) Then we have Donna having fun with a
late night interview, the video for
When Love Takes Over You (with a little classing mugging for the
camera), an audio clip of Donna hamming it up on
Happy Birthday, a
between songs silliness from the Hot Summer Night concert, and
Prince Poppycock. My favorite ever fun Donna clip is her with Barry
Manilow on Could It Be Magic, but the video seems to have been pulled
from YouTube. :-( The
audio is still there though. And I do have one
silly one on
Vimeo posted by the diva herself (with the help of Nathan Digesare) 7
years ago. It defies description so just go see it. LOL EDIT:
Wait I found Donna and Barry on
Daily Motion! Whew! I'd hate to see that one lost forever!
[MAY 15] And finally - my
MS Walk is Saturday and I will be wearing my Donna gear. :-)
Thanks to all who have contributed! You guys are amazing! A couple of
years ago I posted some PSAs Donna recorded for an MS event, along with
my own very dorky video. If you want to check those out, they are
[MAY 8] Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! I hope your
kids were all good to you. :-) In honor of the occasion, I have 2
video clips for you. The first is a song Bruce wrote for his mother
Santa Margarita In The Clouds. The other is a video by our YouTube
friend Suecase Hall. It's Martina McBride's
My Daughter's Eyes set to clips of Donna and her daughters.
[MAY 8] In the Donna's music is everywhere, last Monday's Dancing With
The Stars had an icon show, where everybody danced to the music of an
icon. They opened the show with
Last Dance. I LOVE that someone finally used Last Dance to open a
show! LOL And then the song as used again last week on Ellen,
where she introduced a
new game called Last Dance.
[MAY 8] In Johnnyswim news - New Music Monday is back! The latest entry
is a song called
My Arms and the previous one (that I forgot to mention last week) is
Summer Time Romance.
[MAY 8] In other Johnnyswim mews, there is a nice article on
CavalierDaily.com. And there is
article about Home being used as the theme song for Fixer Upper on
[MAY 8] In Bruce Sudano news, The Burbank Sessions got a nice review
[MAY 8] I'm in the final weeks of my
MS Walk fundraiser. So far you guys have generously contributed over
$1200. You are awesome!! There are still 2 more weeks to go if anybody
else wants to toss in a couple of bucks. I still have plenty of photos
to give out that are unspoken for. :-)
[MAY 8] And that brings us to YouTube. See if you can guess the theme
this time. (It's not hard. LOL) The first video up is
Mimi's Song from the Music For Unicef Concert. (And there is a
little bonus duet before that.) Then we have
State Of Independence from the Hot Summer Night concert, the
official video for
This Time I Know It's For Real,
Hot Stuff from the Sharon Osbourne Show, and
High from the 1980 TV Special (the link is to the whole show, but it
should start you at the 8 minute mark.) And for the casual fans who may
not have figured out the theme - every one of those clips features Donna
with one or more of her girls.
[MAY 1] Happy May everyone! It's a new month so it's time for a new
Summer Fever Pick. This time we look
at Four Seasons Of Love.
[MAY 1] He's an odd little surprise from the world of iTunes. Dance
music fans have rediscovered On The Radio and as I write this, the album
is currently #4 on iTunes Dance Music Album chart. It was Number 1
earlier this week! :-)
[MAY 1] Here's something interesting. Playbill.com reports that
there will be a workshop of a new musical currently titled The Donna
Summer Project. It will be directed by Des McAnuff, choreographed
by Sergio Trujillo and musical direction will be by Ron Melrose. The
workshop is scheduled for June 22 to August 6, so hopefully we will hear
more then. Among the roles they will be casting:
3 actors to play Donna (at different ages), and actors to play
whole bunch of other key players in Donna's life. Hmmm.....I'd
really like to see a song list for this show. Ideas are starting to form
in my head...
[MAY 1] Fans of the song MacArthur Park will want to check out this
redbullmusicacademy.com. It has lots of Giorgio Moroder's
thoughts on the creation of the track. I will bet money that you can't
resist playing the Suite after reading the article. :-)
[MAY 1] And in the Donna is everywhere category, there is a new book
coming out soon called Imagine Me Gone. One of the main characters
is obsessed with Donna Summer songs (among other things.) Sounds like my
kind of character! LOL
[MAY 1] Don't forget we have Crayons Deluxe coming out on
May 20 in the UK and then as an
import in the US a week later. Don't forget that Amazon UK will ship
to the US, so keep an eye on currency conversion and shipping rates to
see which store will give you the better price in the end. :-)
[MAY 1] I think that brings us to YouTube and I'm in the mood for a
MacArthur Park party! :-) So we have the
1978 video, then there is
live performance which I think was from one of the Night Of Proms
shows she did, there is the
1999 Today Show performance (ok East Coast guys - look for
yourselves! LOL), and finally the
Hot Summer Night performance. And then just so the rest of the Suite
gets a little love, here is a great performance of
Heaven Knows by Donna with the Brooklyn Dreams.
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