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Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.


[AUG 3] Oops  - I forgot something on last night's update. This week's episode of CNN's The Seventies will be Music. Finally!  At least that's what one episode guide says. The actual TV listings on TVGuide.com show a repeat of the first episode instead.  So be prepared to tune in Thursday at 9 PM - unless of course there is some major news event that preempts all regular programming.

[AUG 2]  Greetings all - can you believe it is August already? Where is the summer going?  Of course since it is a new month, it's time for a new Summer Fever Pick. This time it's All Systems Go.   :-)

[AUG 2] Here's an interesting find someone saw on Amazon UK.  It's a vinyl import of Love To Love You Baby with a release date of September 18, 2015.  It's supposed to be put out by the Universal Music Group, but there is no indication of where it is imported from.  And there is no sign of any of the other early albums showing up on vinyl. So I guess we're just going to have to wait and watch to see what happens.

[AUG 2] Here's an interesting quote courtesy of the  Official Donna Summer Facebook page: "I don't care if I'm beautiful; I don't care what I look like on the outside. It isn't about the outside."   :-)

[AUG 2] Bruce Sudano fans - don't forget he's got a couple of concerts coming up to promote his upcoming CD, The Burbank Sessions. He'll be at Genghis Cohen in LA on August 15,  and Joe's Pub in NYC on September 9.

[AUG 2]  I think that brings us to YouTube.  Hmmm, let's do some official music videos that don't get seen very often.  There is All Systems GoWork That Magic, The Woman In Me, Whenever There Is Love When Love Takes Over You The Queen Is Back,  and Fame The Game.

[JUL 26] Happy Sunday all!  Let's just say  to start - that the next episode of CNN's The Seventies STILL isn't music.  It will be Terror At Home And Abroad, so unless they focus on fans who thought they lost their concert tickets or their music collection (that would be pretty scary!), I don't think there will be any Donna content.  LOL

[JUL 26] Moving on to Bruce Sudano news.  You guys are gonna like this! We have a new song out there, and it's a collaboration with Giorgio Moroder. Some of you guys may remember that the two of them did the 2013 Station To Station art event. This is the song they wrote for that. It's called Willoughby. You can hear it here, and you can even pre-order a limited edition vinyl release.

[JUL 26] Also in Bruce news, he's got promo copies of his upcoming cd, The Burbank Sessions and he's working on a tour schedule. So stay tuned for more info.  Also, if you check out Bruce's Instagram post, it looks like the CD not only will have great tunes, but it will be pretty tasty too.  ;-)

[JUL 26] Johnnyswim fans - don't forget that the pair is still on tour with dates coming up in Los Angeles, Chicago, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, South Carolina and Virginia. Find a show near you and go see them!

[JUL 26] That brings us to YouTube. Hmmm... I was sent this interesting computer animated video for Romeo this week, so let's so a bunch of fan-made videos this time. So if we are doing that, we have to start off with some Stor Dubine:  Does He Love You, Stamp Your Feet and I Got Your Love.  Then there are our buddies stampyurfeet and suecase hall with  videos for To Paris With Love (WaWa Radio Mix), La Vie En Rose (Lovely Reprises Remix 2010),  Journey To The Rock & Roll Hall Of FameThe Power Of One (a celebration of the election of our first African-American President),  and Remember Me - Donna Summer Tribute. That one is actually Diana Ross music set to video of Donna and it makes a really nice tribute.

[JUL 19]  Greetings all! There is not much going on in Donna land, but there is an interview with Mike Stock (of Stock Aitken & Waterman) on BBC2 Radio in which he talks a little about the Another Place And Time album.

[JUL 19] For those keeping track of the CNN series The Seventies - nope, no music next week either.  They will be doing The Revolution Of The Sexes.  They gotta be doing music soon!  (I hope, anyway.)

[JUL 19] Bruce Sudano fans - If you are in Edam, The Netherlands (or will be) on October 25, Bruce will be playing at Harmonie. You don't want to miss him!

[JUL 19] Also, don't forget that Bruce has an Instagram account now. He's got a few things posted now, and I'm sure he'll sneak in another post when we least expect it.  :-)

[JUL 19] I think that brings us to YouTube. In honor of a discussion on the forum, let's do some ballads this week. First up, a very rare track that was only played live one tour  - Worth The Wait.  Then we have one called Heal Them that was only ever performed on a telethon, The Way We Were live in Japan, Heaven's Just A Whisper Away from a TV appearance, So This Is Lonely from BBC Radio (so that makes it an audio only clip), a cover of Pearls, and of course how could I leave out Friends Unknown?  :-)

[JUL  12] Happy Sunday everyone! For those thinking of watching the CNN series The Seventies, well, next week won't be music either. But, CNN has posted the favorite 70s songs of a number of their anchor staff.  In a shocking oversight by most of the CNN staff, only Anderson Cooper remembered to include a Donna Summer song. And he picked a great one - I Feel Love!  :-) By the (no) power invested in me by the internet, I sentence all the other anchors to a week of listening to nothing but Donna's 70s albums so they can see what they are missing!

[JUL 12] Oh, and in the Donna is everywhere category, I saw a local production of the musical Sister Act last night. (It's very funny and entertaining - if it plays near you, go see it!)  The story is set in 1978 and because of that, Donna gets name checked a couple of times. There are also a couple of "beep beep"s  in one of the nuns' disco numbers.  I can't imagine where they got that from?  ;-)

[JUL 12] Bruce Sudano fans, you can catch him live at a couple of upcoming shows.  He'll be in LA at his usual spot - Gengis Cohen on August 15 for a record release performance for the Burbank Sessions.  You know what that means right? New CD coming soon!!!) Then in October, Bruce is heading out to the UK to play at The Cluny 2 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Yes, it's official. We Americans are not completely hogging Bruce.  We'll share... sometimes.   ;-)

[JUL 12] And that brings us to YouTube.  Let's do a few interviews this week - for no other reason than I haven't posted any in awhile.  So there is  a 1978 interview with Johnny Carson,  a 2003 interview with Extra  to support her autobiography, Donna on Jools Holland in 2004,  a 2010 phone interview, a UK interview from 1987,  and part 1 and part 2 of Up Close (a compilation of many interview clips).

[JUL 5} Happy Sunday everyone! I hope all my American friends have been enjoying the holiday weekend. And I hope my friends in other places are enjoying their regular weekend. First up -  I sneaked in the new Summer Fever Pick yesterday before the fireworks. It is Cats Without Claws.  :-)

[JUL 5] There are more photos on Facebook from the Donna Summer Roller Disco party last month. It really looks like a good time was had by all. More cities should try something like that.

[JUL 5] For those of you eagerly awaiting Donna's appearance on the CNN series The Seventies - we have a little longer to wait. The episode scheduled for Thursday is Crimes and Cults. (So, unless they consider Donna fandom a cult...   LOL)

[JUL 5] Johnnyswim fans - you're gonna love this!  How would you like your own 30 minute Johnnyswim concert via Skype? Well, it could happen!  As part of Studio Tenn's annual fundraiser, a Johnnyswim Skype concert is being auctioned off via the 32auctions.com site.  As of right now, the top bid is only $125, but I know it will go much higher once fans find out about it.  The bidding closes on July 18, so  go grab your cash and  get those bids in!

[JUL 5] I think that brings us to YouTube.  So in honor of the July 4th holiday, let's start with Livin' In America God Bless America,  and the Star Spangled Banner.  And now let's move on to some other "place" songs. There is  To Paris With Love, Driving Down Brazil Sunset People (from the TV Special) , Tokyo, Denver Dream New York Minute (live),  and of course, MacArthur Park.

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[AUG 2]

"People are ready. When you come onstage, they want to hear your hits. Simple – it’s just a simple fact. And if you have a brand-new song out that’s a big hit, you’re not going to sing that right off the bat. You’ll sing your old songs first, because they’ll like those, but you save what they’re waiting for for last. Then put a little new stuff in, and some things they wouldn’t necessarily hear you sing someplace else – broaden their scope of you and their idea of how you sing. It’s a whole psychology to doing it, but I think it works quite well."

-Donna Summer, PressConnects.com August 26, 2010

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Ken's Korner

[AUG 10 2014]

On The Boardwalk in Atlantic City, with Donna (part 1).

As many of you are aware the casino industry in Atlantic City has been hit hard by competition from nearby states that have allowed casinos to open, and an over saturation of casino gaming in general.  There are other factors involved with Atlantic City as well, BUT for many of us die-hard Donna fans we will always have a soft spot for Atlantic City. 

The Resorts International Years:

From the fist year that casino gaming started in Atlantic City (1978), Donna was a featured headliner, and there were not many years when Donna did not appear for at least one engagement.  From 1978 to 1986 the Superstar Theater at Resorts International was Donna’s home in AC.   Before the newer casinos built larger showrooms the “Superstar” was the biggest showroom in AC, and in particular for music fans it had a reserved table policy. If you snagged tickets for Donna at Reports early enough you could score a seat at table A-6 (remember that Quay!).  Back then many of Donna’s gigs ran for a full week at a time, including a 10 day marathon run during June of 1983.  Donna’s tenure at Resorts included her crazed years of 1978 and 1979, but her engagements in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 remained wildly popular.

During this time span I lived in Brick, N.J., about 75 minutes north of Atlantic City, and I attended as many of Donna’s shows at Resorts as I could.  There are many precious memories from these shows, some of which include;

June of 1986, Donna’s final gig at Resorts (with Louise DuArt opening the show), these shows featured incredible versions of America The Beautiful, and the original song, Silver Girl. 

October of 1985, these shows featured the debut of the “overture” that we came to know and love.  During a performance that I attended we gave Donna a standing ovation after she sang her hits medley, and she was so moved by the gesture that she stopped the show to thank everyone several times. 

September of 1984, fans were treated to rare live versions of I’m A Rainbow, Romeo, Love Has a Mind of It’s Own, There Goes My Baby, and an extended hits medley. This medley would continue to be used during the 1985 and 1986 “mini” tours.    

June 1983, this was the marathon 10 day gig I always talk about. I saw (3) shows during this engagement, and the closing night show, 11:30 p.m. on a Sunday night was priceless. Donna had many of her family and friends in attendance, and many jokes were peppered throughout the show. During Last Dance, Mimi came out wearing one of her Mom’s gowns , and Donna nearly cracked up with laughter during the bridge of the song.    

The encore of State of Independence complete with her entourage joining her on stage remains a favorite to this day.

August 1981, this was my first time seeing Donna at Resorts and the shows sold out quickly, as most of her 1980 tour was cancelled.  I saw 2 of these shows, and got to see her perform (3) songs from The Wanderer, Cold Love, The Wanderer, and I Believe in Jesus.  These shows also featured Love To Love You Baby (the last until 2004, not counting it’s brief inclusion during the “99 tour), and Sunset People. This tour was her last with the Summer Night’s Band. 

After June of 1986 Donna’s relationship with Atlantic City continued, and for that matter it continued right up to her final tour in 2010.   More on that in the next Ken’s Korner.

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