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


[FEB 23] Happy Oscar Night everyone!  Sadly Thank God It' s Friday is not nominated in any category this year thanks to some obscure rule requiring the nominees to be NEW films.  :-)

[FEB 23] Let's start off with some great news.  Johnnyswim welcomed their new baby on February 17.  More details will be posted when Amanda and Abner are ready to share.  (I would imagine right now they are just spending time getting to know their new little person.  :-) )

[FEB 22] You guys in the Seattle Washington area may want to check out at event called Stiffed that happens the first Saturday of the month at Kremwerk. February's event featured the music of none other than Donna Summer and they even had a drink special called the MacArthur Park. (I wonder if it was garnished with green icing?  LOL)

[FEB 22] In the blast from the (not so distant) past,  there is a nice article from 2008 from the Telegraph.

[FEB 22] Here is an interesting timelapse video someone made of the birds that flew past his house. You might just recognize the music is is set to.  ;-)

[FEB 22] That brings us to YouTube.   Since it's Oscar night, let's start with Donna's performance of Papa Can You Hear Me from the 1984 awards. Then there is a live clip of Work That Magic, the first part of the interview called Donna Summer: Her Words, Her Story,  a 2008 interview promoting Crayons, and finally Last Dance from the 1979 Oscars.

[FEB 15] Greetings all - I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day.  :-)  Let's start with something really cool. If you are on Facebook and are friends with Nathan DiGesare, then you know he is opening up his vault a little and giving us a peek at his work with Donna.  Now if you are not on Facebook, don't worry - he's using YouTube to share too. So check out this clip of something they were playing with called Addiction. If you like what you hear, make sure you thank him  in the comments either on YouTube or Facebook.

[FEB 15] The Westcoast Music blog has an article about the remastered Donna Summer album.  There's not much new there for most of us, but it's nice to see the album get some attention.

[FEB 15] That brings us to YouTube.  First up, the full 2008 Jones Beach concert.  Then there is Last Dance from 1978, a full 1977 concert from Italy,  and a clip of Donna with Prince Poppycock from America's Got Talent. And finally just for laughs - somebody posted a video demonstrating how to pronounce "Donna Summer."  (Just in case you got this far in your life as a fan without ever having heard Donna's name spoken.  LOL )

[FEB 8]  Happy Grammy night everyone! As long as it's an awards show kind of night, let's start with this article about the Golden Globe Best Song category. It talks about a couple of the notable  winners in that category, and Donna is the second one on the list.  :-)

[FEB 8] Huffington Post has an article about Barbra Streisand. In it they talk a little about Donna and the famous recording session for Enough Is Enough.

[FEB 8] Johnnyswim fans - if you are looking for something new to put your coffee in - well, Johnnyswim mugs are up for sale now on the site.  :-)

[FEB 8] That brings us to YouTube.  Since it's Grammy night, let's go with some Grammy clips. First up, the famous medley with Kenny Rogers, a performance of She Works Hard For The Money, and an acceptance speech for Best R&B vocal female for Last Dance.  Then there is a short version of Last Dance from a Disney anniversary celebration,  a short piece on The Power Of OneLast Dance from the 1978 Oscars, and Donna's acceptance speech at the AMA's for Favorite Disco Single.

[FEB 1] Happy Sunday all! It's a brand new month and we are rapidly approaching Valentine's Day, so I thought a little change of scene was appropriate. (Plus I am sick of snow now!  LOL) This is also the first update made on my new computer, so that's a little exciting for me.  :-)  And of course, being a new month, we have to change the Summer Fever Pick. This month, we look back at those  bad Bad Girls. (Toot toot, hey, beep beep!)

[FEB 1]  If you are on Facebook, then you probably already know that Team Donna have (so far) secret new plans to revamp the official website. They are also asking for suggestions regarding the types of things you'd like to see them post on Facebook. (Hmmmm... would it be rude to ask for EVERYTHING?  Actually, is the internet even big enough to hold everything?  LOL) Keep an eye on all things official, you never know what's going to pop up.

[FEB 1] Are you looking to buy digital versions of the newly remastered and expanded albums? One fan has had good luck with HMVDigital.com.  He says they often have European releases available for US fans who can't often get the European stuff. And they take PayPal.

[FEB 1] There is an interesting essay about I Feel Love posted on the Library Of Congress website.  It is a PDF file, so you will need the Acrobat Reader to view it.

[FEB 1]  In the Donna is everywhere category, Nile Rodgers mentioned her in a new interview. You can check it out here.

[FEB 1] In the same category, The US version of The Guardian has an article  listing the 5 best and worst versions of the US National Anthem as performed at various sporting events. (Well, mostly at sporting events - they also included Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.)  The first one listed under the best category is Donna at the 1999 All Star baseball game.

[FEB 1] Sebastiano over at Donna Summertime has recalculated the fan-picked top 40 tracks.  There are quite a few debuts on the chart and I suspect the box sets inspired some of those entries.  (The page itself looks really cool too!)

[FEB 1] Facebookers, there is another new Donna page out there called Donna Summer - Once Upon A Time that will showcase some of the many items collected by long time fan Warner.  He's got a bunch of stuff up already - photos, videos, picture discs, vintage merchandise... you name it.  It's a lot of fun to look at the stuff.

[FEB 1] I think that brings us to YouTube.  First up is Donna at the 2005 Night Of The Proms in Belgium. (It's the whole 27 minute performance!) Then there is She Works Hard For The Money from one of the Mistaken Identity shows, On The Radio from the Tonight Show I think, I Will Go With You from a Dutch TV show, and finally Donna on the 2008 American Idol finale.

[JAN 25] Greetings all! East Coast - are you ready for some nasty winter weather? (Shut up Florida!  LOL) Looks like it will be a good time to spend time indoors with our Donna collections. )Although personally, I plan to skip Winter Melody for now!  LOL)

[JAN 25] In the Donna is everywhere category, you can see a poster of her on display in the new show Empire on FOX. It's hanging on the wall of one of the character's apartment.

[JAN 25] Ok all you mad voters out there.  Ranker.com has a list of the most UNdeserving members of the Rock Hall Of Fame and you can add your voice to their list. Next to each name is a thumbs up or a thumbs down. If you agree that an artist is UNworthy then you click the thumbs up to agree. If you think the list has it wrong and the artist absolutely deserves to be in the RHOF, then you click the thumbs down button. Since I am assuming that anyone hanging around this site  would agree that Donna absolutely belongs in the RHOF, you would click the thumbs down button for her. She needs to be as close to the bottom of that list as possible. (Currently she is #3 - I blame the usual "disco sucks" crowd for that.)

[JAN 25] Ranker.com has another poll for best female vocalist. This is more straightforward - if you like the artist give them the thumbs up.  As of right now, Donna is #11 on a very eclectic list.

[JAN 25] Twitter users, why not follow @TheDonnaSummer is you aren't already? They have over 25k followers and the Facebook page has promised a nice surprise when we hit 30k.

[JAN 25] Brooklyn Sudano fans, her Lifetime movie, With This Ring debuted last night. I saw it, it was pretty good, but I should warn you that Brooklyn isn't in it as much as some of the other girls. But on the other hand, it's her character's wedding that gets the whole plot started, so I guess without her there is no movie.  ;-)  Lifetime is still airing it at various times, so check your local listings. (It could make a nice way to pass a blizzard.  ;-) ) You can read more about the movie online at the NY Daily News, Yahoo. Urban Daily, and probably a bunch of other places.

[JAN 25] I think that brings us to YouTube. First up is the video for Autumn Changes, Try Me from American Bandstand, Lady Of The Night from a TV show, a clip from Regis & Kathie Lee showcasing Donna's art, and a Mother's Day video of Mimi's Song from our own Suecase Hall.

[JAN 18]Greetings all! Let's start with the CD box set. There is a US vendor called DeepDiscount.com that has the set for $83.99. A couple of fans have already ordered from there.  :-)

[JAN 18] Vienna Dohler fans - you know about her new website right? Well, just by going there and playing her music, you can help her climb in the rankings at ReverbNation. So if you are looking for some tunes to accompany you in your journeys on the web, go check out her songs.

[JAN 18] That brings us to YouTube. (Yes, already!)  First up is a performance of Melody Of Love. Then there is Hot Stuff/Bad Girls from a UK TV appearance, the Love Is In Control video (that belly she's trying to hide is Amanda  :-) ), the Work That Magic video, Heaven's Just A Whisper Away from the Apollo, and a promo appearance to promote The Journey.

[JAN 18] And finally on a personal note, I will be walking for MS again this year on May 16.  If all goes well, this year I will have cool wristbands to give out to my first 50 donors. (If you follow me on Facebook, you have already seen that the company messed up the wristband order, so I am hoping to get that fixed soon.) If you want to donate, or even just watch the dorky video I made last year to thank everyone, my page is here.

[JAN 11] Greetings everyone! Let's start off with a party.  :-) Do you remember last summer when the city of Boston held a big outdoor roller disco party in Donna's memory? Well, it looks like they are going to try to do it again on July 17. (The date is subject to change.) If you are on Facebook, keep an eye on this page for more details as we get closer to summer (or even to Summer!)  ;-)  And if you don't have Facebook, there is always Twitter. And if you don't have that - well, don't worry because I will be watching both closely!

[JAN 11] In Box set news, the BBC Shop has both the CDs and vinyl available. They do seem to ship worldwide, so that's another option for those who still need a Donna fix.  :-)

[JAN 11] Bruce Sudano fans - stay on your toes this year.  :-) He is promising more music this year - tour dates and more CDs. First up should be an EP of the Burbank sessions due sometime in the first quarter of the year.

[JAN 11] Vienna Dohler fans, you can follow her on Facebook and you can check out her new website (with lots of tracks to buy!) I have one personal request though. Please keep in mind that Vienna is still under 18 years old, so conduct yourselves accordingly if you post to her Facebook or anything. (On a side note, she's not THAT much under 18, so I hope you all feel as old as I do right now!  LOL)

[JAN 11] That brings us to YouTube. Look for a TV performance of Supernatural Love, the promo video for Autumn Changes, Spring Affair from Soul Train, an audio clip of Adonai, Anyway At All from the Tonight Show, Sand On My Feet from the Crayons tour, and VH1's Behind The Music on Donna.

[JAN 11] And one final thing. It has come to my attention that the contact form on the site managed to blow up or something when I redid the site. It is now fixed and should be working just fine again.   :-)  (These computers.... they have  a mind of their own sometimes!)

[JAN 4] Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays!  There's not a whole lot going on since I think everyone was pretty much taking time to relax with friends and family. I do have one very nice piece of news though. The new book, La Disco, by Andrea Angeli Bufalini and Giovanni Savastano is doing well. Last time I checked, it was #22 in the music books chart on Amazon.it. Way to go guys!

[JAN 4] In annoying news, Amazon UK has the CD box set available from another third party seller (that's the good news!) but I have heard from a couple of people that have not received their orders at the promised time and when they emailed Amazon, they were offered refunds.  I'm not sure if the orders were merely delayed by the holidays, or if they actually got lost, but it's something to keep in mind. Having said that, if you do order and there is a problem, Amazon is usually pretty good about making it right.

[JAN 4] Out.com has declared the return of the disco diva in an article that came out just last week. The article take a look at a couple of past divas, points out that disco never really went away, and then discusses a couple of current performers Out considers disco divas.

[JAN 4] That brings us to YouTube. Look for the complete 1980 TV special, Donna with Barry Manilow on Could It Be Magic (I LOVE this clip - this is why I keep bringing it back.  LOL), Donna and others welcoming in 1977 on New Year's Rockin' Eve, an interview promoting The Journey, and Donna with Dick Clark on Good Morning America.

[JAN 4] Oops, and I almost forgot to mention - the new Summer Fever Pick is up. This month it is Live & More! (And please note, if you bookmarked the Summer Fever Page, I have changed the location of the page so you will need to update your bookmark.)

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"I used to fly but I felt that it got really strenuous and now with the air travel situation as it is, i prefer to take the bus, personally. Me and my whole family... we love to be on the bus. As a matter of fact, I wanna take bus tours. I want to hire a bus drive and have him take me all over the country and take like a vacation where I just go wherever I want to go. Just do random trips on the bus. I like it that much"

- Donna Summer AllVoices.com July 29,2010 

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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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