Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[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
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
Man Medley from 1976,
Last Dance live in Mexico,
The Impossible Dream live in Spain,
A New York Minute live, and because I have such find memories of
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
[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
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.
[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
[AUG 16] Johnnyswim fans - there is a short article
about the duo on
[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
Midnight Special performance, the
video with the freaky dancers in white, a
performance (wearing her Soul Train dress), a performance from the
Mike Douglas Show,
a performance (and skit) from
Van Oekel's Discohoek, a live
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,
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
[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 Go,
Work That Magic,
The Woman In Me,
Whenever There Is
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.
[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
[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
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
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
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 Fame,
The 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
Radio in which he talks a little about the Another Place And Time
[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
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
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
[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
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
Paris With Love,
Driving Down Brazil,
Sunset People (from the TV Special) ,
New York Minute (live), and of course,
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