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[AUG 30] Holy cow - where did the summer go?  Let's start off this week with a couple of articles. Ozy.com wrote about the sexiest summer songs of all time. Can you guess what song got mentioned first?  LOL I'll give you a hint. It's the title song of the album discussed in this article on TheBoomBox.com. (Hmmm - was somebody reading my LTLY YouTube links list?) And then for something a little different, DW.com posted their top 10 musical acts from Germany.  Donna came in at #6.

[AUG 30] I have a fan out there that has made it his mission to get Donna on a US Forever stamp.  If anyone is interested in supporting his efforts, this is how you submit a suggestion, and this is the criteria for a stamp subject.  Please note that ideas have to be submitted at least 3 years before the date you want the stamp issued - that is, if you want the stamp out to commemorate a significant anniversary or something. 

[AUG 30] Johnnyswim fans - there is a new article out of Charlottesville in which you will find out that Johnnyswim's sound is like being in a bath on a rollercoaster. (Yes, they really said that. Yes, it makes total sense when you read that line in context. ANd yes, you will just have to go read the article now.  LOL) Don't forget that Johnnyswim is still on tour with dates coming up in Michigan, Colorado, the Carolinas and Virginia. Go catch them if you can.  :-)

[AUG 30] Bruce Sudano fans - don't forget that he has dates coming up too. He'll be in New York September 9, Philly September 10, Ringwood NJ on September 11, and then he's off to Europe. You don't want to miss him!

[AUG 30] In fanmixer news, our friend Summer2k (aka DJ Moch) now has a blog where you can find out what he is up to these days.

[AUG 30] I think that brings us to YouTube.  I ran into this wonderful cover again this week of Nights In White Satin, so let's just go with some random live clips.  So there is The Way We Were  live in Japan, the My Man Medley from 1976,  Last Dance live in Mexico,  The Impossible Dream live in Spain, In A New York Minute live, and because I have such find memories of this show- MacArthur Park from Live & More Encore.

[AUG 23] Happy Sunday everyone.  I hope your weekend went well. :-)  Let's start off with a couple of articles. First up is a short discussion of The Wanderer on HamptonRoads.com. Then there is an interview with Ray D'Ariano on MrPopCulture.com that talks  about (among other things) Neil Bogart and Donna Summer.

[AUG 23] Up next is a rare medley from a TV special Donna did with Paul Anka from 1978. You can hear it on Soundcloud.

[AUG 23] Bruce Sudano fans - there are a couple of upcoming dates I want to remind you of. First is Joe's Pub in New York on September 9. Tickets are on sale now.  :-) And the next night, September 10, Bruce will be at World Cafe in Philly.  You do  not want to miss these shows if you can help it, because Bruce will be celebrating his upcoming CD, The Burbank Sessions.

[AUG 23]  So I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's see, what haven't we done for awhile? How about some spiritual music to balance last week's Love To Love You fest?  So we have the gospel medley from the Mac Davis Show (with appearances by Donna, Mac, Tom Jones and Dolly Parton),  Amazing Grace live in Nashville,  Forgive Me from the Hot Summer Night With Donna special, a fan mix video of Rejoice (from Family Matters) with Riding Through The Storm (from Live & More Encore), How Great Thou Art (which is another fan video),  and State Of Independence from Night Of The Proms 2005.

[AUG 16] Greetings all! We have Donna news tonight! And you will like this I think.   :-) There is a new box set coming October 2.  It's a 24 CD singles box set - and like the previous box sets, this one looks gorgeous! Many of you can preorder it at the official store on MyPlayDirect, North Americans will have to use Amazon UK. The full track list is on the official store page - if you are in North America, just pick a random country to see it.  As with previous releases, there are new liner notes and excerpts from archive interviews with Donna. And the first 500 people who order from the official store will get 2 bonus mixes.  Oh yeah, and I should also mention that these are the Geffen/Atlantic singles. Now you will have to go excuse me while I wipe the drool off my computer screen.  :-)

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[AUG 16] So the music episode of CNN's The Seventies finally aired. Don't worry, if you missed it, it will be repeated. Plus it should be available on demand from your cable provider. Now if you saw it and missed Donna, well that's because you must have blinked.  LOL They had about an hour to cover 10 years worth of music so everything was covered VERY briefly. They covered disco on about 5 minutes starting about 45 minutes into the show. For Donna they talked a little about Love To Love You, then moved on to the Bee Gees, KC & The Sunshine Band, Chic and  the Sugarhill Gang. On the bright side, Donna did make CNN's "7 Songs That Mattered In The 70s" article. (And it cracks me up that they picked I Feel Love for that but talked about Love To Love You on the show.) Live & More also made their list of great album covers - a slideshow that accompanied an article on vinyl.

[AUG 16] Johnnyswim fans - there is a short article about the duo on Citybeat.com

[AUG 16] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Well what the heck. If CNN thought Love To Love You was the one track they had to talk about in The Seventies, then let's go there.  There's is the Midnight Special performance,  the video with the freaky dancers in white,  a European performance (wearing her Soul Train dress), a performance from the Mike Douglas Show,  a performance (and skit) from Van Oekel's Discohoek, a live performance from Italy,  and a 2006 live medley that includes Love To Love You.  Now do take a cold shower and I'll see you all next weekend.  ;-)

[AUG 9] Happy Sunday all! Okay, it's official. Thursday's episode of CNN's The Seventies will be about music.  They call the episode What's Goin' On and the description reads: American popular music explodes into new formats, while established artists find new creative voices.  In other words, they are going to cram 10 years of music into 1 hour, which probably means not a lot of Donna.

[AUG 9] Bruce Sudano fans - he's got a whole tour coming up. Here we go: Genghis Cohen in La on August 15, Joes Pub in NYC on September 9, World Cafe in Philly on September 10,  and then it's off to Europe.  October 20 at  Merleyn in Nijmegen, The Netherlands,  October 24 at Vzw De Zwerver Leffingeleuten in Leffinge, Belgium,  October 25 at De Harmonie Edam in Edam, The Netherlands, October 27 at The Cluny in Newcastle, UK, October 29 at The Maze in Nottingham, UK, October 30 in The Bullingdon in Oxford, UK, November 17 at Red River die Live Musikkneipe in Heilbronn, Germany, November 18 at Musicstar in Norderstedt, Germany, November 19 at Cultuurkapel Deurne in Deurne, The Netherlands, and November 20 at Vanslag in Borger, The Netherlands. Those dates are all with Hollis Brown. So if you are in any of those places - go grab some tickets and plan to have a great time.  :-)

[AUG 9] Johnnyswim fans - the pair is still on tour and they have just confirmed a December 21 gig at the Ryman.

[AUG 9] I think that brings us to YouTube.  What should we do this week? How about duets?  So let's go with Heaven Knows (with the Brooklyn Dreams of course!), Try A Little Tenderness with Joss Stone, No More Tears with Westlife (hmmm... is it really a duet when she sings with a whole boy band?),  my favorite Could It Be Magic clip with Barry Manilow, Donna's medley with Seal Whenever There Is Love with Bruce Roberts,  Donna with a young  Mimi and the entire tour crew on State Of Independence,  and finally some behind the scenes audio of Donna with Barbra Streisand.

[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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"...Popularity is like a big wheel that spins around: Sometimes you're at the top and then you're under it. That's the way it's supposed to be. You really can't take it all that seriously."

-Donna Summer, At The Shore, November 26, 1999

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[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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