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[JAN 15] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with some chart info. You know the new 2017 Enough Is Enough remixes.... well this week they jump up to #12 on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.  It's been almost 5  years since Donna left us and she STILL rocks the dance charts! :-)

[JAN 15] If you are in the La Jolla CA area (or will be in November), it's official - the La Jolla Playhouse will be running the "Untitled Donna Summer Musical". It's on their 2017/18 Season announcement.  On a side note - the musical REALLY needs an official name.... unless, of course, Untitled Donna Summer Musical becomes the official name..  LOL

[JAN 15] Johnnyswim fans - catch the duo on Conan on Tuesday January 17. That airs on TBS at 11pm (or 10 Central). The show also posts video on the TBS website - clips and full episodes. So if you miss it on TV, catch it on the web.

[JAN 15] Also, Johnnyswim fans should check out their interview on news-press.com.  :-)

[JAN 15] That brings us to YouTube. Oh what the heck, let's watch a few official music videos this week - or what passed for official videos in the pre-MTV days. :-)  We have Last Dance Could It Be Magic, I Remember Yesterday, MacArthur Park, She Works Hard For The Money (the first video of the MTV era for Donna),  There Goes My Baby, All Systems Go Melody Of Love (UK version), Work That Magic, and Fame (The Game).

[JAN 8] Greetings all! Here in NY it is DEFINITELY winter, but we have a little Summer on the charts.  :-)  Enough Is Enough 2017 is currently #20 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. There is also a mention of that fact in an article about the dance charts.

[JAN 8] And speaking of Enough Is Enough, we have another mix out there in the wild - the Art Color Mega Remix Kaleidoscope.

[JAN 8] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's start with a popular clip this week - but I better explain it first. As many of you here in the US know, Mariah Carey performed on New Year's Rockin' Eve and had some technical difficulties that resulted in her receiving a certain amount of criticism.  Now as I'm sure most of you know, when a person makes their living performing live, it's not a question of IF something will go wrong, but WHEN it will happen. And in my opinion the mark of a true professional is in how they handle it when things do go wrong. So with that in mind, take a look at this clip of Donna dealing with a bad mic - a complete professional!  :-) That led me indirectly to this clip of  VH1 Divas 2000 rehearsal footage. Now it's mainly Diana Ross and Mariah Carey (and a bunch of interview footage cut in) but if you go to the end you see Donna rehearsing with them for the Supremes medley she didn't participate in for the actual show.  Then there is this clip with Donna rehearsing her own stuff along with interviews with her and Nile Rodgers. And as long as we are in Divas 2000 mode, let's see the actual performances: Reflections, Bad Girls, Love Is The Healer, and the group finale of Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

[DEC 31] Greetings all! I hope you've been jamming those Donna tunes today in celebration of Donna's birthday and the incoming new year!  :-) Let me start off by offering my condolences to the friends, families and fans of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. 3 legends who left us this past week. 2016 has been a rough year for icons... I'm hoping 2017 is a better year!

[DEC 31] On to Donna. If you are a SiriusXM subscriber, tune in to  Studio 54 (Channel 54) tonight for some special programming.  From 8 pm to 9 PM Tony Smith celebrates Donna's birthday with a special tribute. Then from 9 to 10  listen for Robbie Leslie's Donna Summer Tribute. From 10 to 11 it will be Tony Smith's New Year's Mix and then from 11 to midnight Giorgio Moroder presents his New Year's Eve Mix. So you better get out our dancing shoes.  :-)

[DEC 31] Albumism.com is celebrating Donna's birthday with some tunes and with an invitation for fans to share their Donna memories in the comments.

[DEC 31] It's the end of the year, so Billboard has been busy compiling lists.  Donna is on the Greatest Of All Time Top Dance Club Artists list at #6 on the Greatest Of All Time Hot 100 Artists at #29 , and Hot Stuff is #84 on the Greatest Of All Time Hot 100 Songs.

[DEC 31] The NY Times had a short article about some upcoming musicals about Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner and of course Donna. There is no new info about the Donna musical, but it's still nice to see it getting some press.  :-)

[DEC 31] Oops - I almost forgot to mention. The new Summer Fever Pick for January is up. It is the self-titled album.  :-)

[DEC 31] And I think that brings us to YouTube. We have  Donna's medley from the 1976/7 New Year's Eve show, Could It Be Magic from the same show, Suecase Hall's Happy Birthday Donna video,  and another Happy Birthday video, a cool video set to Donna's cover of Let It Be, and of course, Last Dance to bring out the old year! Finally I'd like to dedicate Celebrate Me Home to everyone we lost this year - whether they are internationally famous, or just famous to their own small circle of friends and family. You will all be missed.

Happy New Year

[DEC 23] Greetings all! Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah! And my condolences to the people of Berlin who experienced a terror attack just a few days ago.  :-(

[DEC 23]  I'd also like to offer my condolences to the family, friends and fans of Alan Thicke. For those who don't know the name, Alan Thick was an actor, the composer of a number of TV theme songs and for awhile in the 80s he had a late night talk show called Thicke Of The Night. Donna appeared on it one time and the result was this strange little in-studio clip that was followed by a silly cooking segment which I can't seem to find on YouTube at the moment.

[DEC 23] Ok, on to happier things! There are Enough Is Enough mixes out there in the wild!  :-)  Here's one by Scar, one by Tweaka Turner, one by Offer Nissim, one by Craig C, one by C-Rod, one by Mindskap and the Dirty Disco Mainroom mix.  That should keep you dancing for a little while.  ;-)

[DEC 23] That brings us to YouTube.  I think we should do a few Christmas clips this time.  So we have Donna doing The Christmas Song on GMA,  O Holy Night from Solid Gold,  a medley of Christmas songs from Bandstand (the video quality if a bit rough but you can just spot Mimi in the crowd at one point), and here is the edited version of that episode of Bandstand with Donna promoting Cats Without Claws, a fan video for Donna's Christmas Medley, O Come All Ye Faithful with Marilyn McCoo, a fan video for Rosie Christmas, the promo for Breath Of Heaven, and a fan video for I'll Be Home For Christmas.

[DEC 23] I'll be back after Christmas some time, so let me leave you with this for now.   :-)  Have a very safe and happy holiday season with LOTS of Summer!

Season's Greetings!

[DEC 18] Greetings all! Can you believe Christmas is only a week away? And Donna's birthday is only 2 weeks away? With that in mind - I'm not sure exactly when the next 2 weekend updates will take place, but I think the Christmas one will be a little early just because I'm not going to want to do it on the holiday itself.

[DEC 18] Let's get some seriously annoying news out of the way . Rolling Stone compiled their list of the 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time. First of all, it's sad to see just how many people on that list are no longer with us.  I'm telling you, there is one heck of a concert scene in the afterlife! But putting that aside... Rolling Stone seems to have forgotten someone. Grrrrr...

[DEC 18] On to more fun things - keep an eye out for for Enough Is Enough 2017. It's a remix project featuring work by Tweaka Turner and Mindskap, and probably others as well.

[DEC 18] The Ultimate Collection has been reviewed by a couple of blogs recently. BlogCritics.org gives it 95/100 and Attitude.co.uk gives it 5/5. And of course both have articles explaining why they like the collection so much.  :-)  (Maybe we should send Rolling Stone a copy of the Ultimate Collection in case they feel like fixing their 100 Greatest Singers list...  ;-) )

[DEC 18] I think that brings us to YouTube. Since the holidays are usually about family, let's put together some clips of Donna performing with her family. So we have Donna with Bruce on Worth The Wait, Donna with Mimi on State Of Independence, Donna with Brooklyn (and Sharon Osbourne) on Hot Stuff, Donna and Mary on Enough Is Enough,  a tribute video by Suecase Hall featuring Donna with appearances by Mary and Dara, an interview with Donna and her parents, and Bruce's speech at the Rock Hall Of Fame (with Mimi, Brooklyn and Amanda by his side.)

[DEC 11] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with some Donna is everywhere news.  If you go see the movie Trolls, keep your ears open. There is a scene that uses I Feel Love.  :-)

[DEC 11] He's a strange little trend some fans have been noticing. If you go to iTunes, you will see that Dim All The Lights is enjoying an unusual amount of popularity lately. Apparently people have rediscovered the song.  :-)  I know I was also hearing it on the music at my job from time to time too - but of course that was before they switched to all Christmas music.

[DEC 11] Johnnyswim fans - there is a short article on Baeblemusic.com.

[DEC 11] I think that brings us to YouTube.  So let's start off with Dim All The Lights - this one is from Art On Ice. Then let's stick with Art On Ice since I haven't watched them in awhile and go to Last Dance, Smile, On The Radio, MacArthur Park, She Works Hard For The Money, and of course Hot Stuff. And then I have a bonus clip of the Art On Ice tribute to Donna and Robin Gibb.

[DEC 4] Greetings all! Can you believe it's December already?  Well you know what that means - it's time for a holiday Summer Fever Pick. In other words, we celebrate the greatest holiday album ever - Christmas Spirit! (Not that I'm biased or anything.... ;-) )

[DEC 4] Ok - the Ultimate Collection.... as you may know, there were a few issues with the 3 CD set. There is an issue with the start of The Wanderer. Crimson is fixing that for future pressings. If your disk has the problem, contact Demon Music Group. They have already promised to ship a corrected disk to at least one fan. I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley remix) - the original master vanished off the face of the earth. So instead of using a vinyl rip, it was recreated for this release. Some people report a skip in it, but it is actually an edit, so it's there to stay. The misspelling of Wassermann will be fixed in future re-pressings. And with Melody Of Love they had to use a different mix than they had planned. That info will be updated on future pressings. (And in the meantime, I ordered my copy late so I haven't personally experienced any of these issues yet. I am going in what I hear from the other diehard fans.)

[DEC 4] I used to say VCR alert, but I guess I should make that DVR alert now. :-) Keep an eye on your local PBS listings. I mentioned previously that Donna (I Feel Love) is featured in the series Soundbreaking in the episode Going Electric. There is also another show called Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion which is one of the usual pop music shows they run during their fundraisers. This features a bunch of stars from the disco era plus archival footage of Donna and of the Bee Gees. So as I said, check your local listings because every PBS station does their own thing as far as scheduling goes.

[DEC 4] Billboard has compiled a list of the Top 10 Dance Club Songs year by year from 1976-2015. There is one diva in particular who appears multiple times in the list. And if you can't think of who that might be... then you are banned from this site!  LOL

[DEC 4] There is a site called RageOn.com that sells t-shirts and things. Donna fans (or those shopping for Donna fans) might want to give this page a look.  :-)

[DEC 4] Johnnyswim fans - check out the new interview on AtwoodMusic.com. And then check out the 2017 tour dates - including some European dates (that didn't get included with the Atwood Music interview.) Those two tour so much, I seriously don't know why they bother having a house.  LOL

[DEC 4] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's do some full concerts this week. First up is  the 2008 Jones Beach concert, the 2005 Night of the Proms show from Belgium, the 1990 Lloret de Mar concert, the 1983 Hot Summer Night HBO special, the 1979 concert from Japan, and finally the 1977 concert from Italy.  (So now it will be my fault nobody gets anything done at work this week?  LOL)

[NOV 27]  Greetings all. I hope my American friends are enjoying their holiday weekend. They are playing mostly Christmas music in my store now. They haven't played any Christmas Spirit, but strangely in the middle of all the other Christmas music they threw in Bad Girls. Make of that what you will,  :-)

[NOV 27] We have some UK chart news. The Ultimate collection debuted on the UK charts at #30.  It's always nice to see a little Summer on the charts.  :-)

[NOV 27] Johnnyswim fans - as you know they got to perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (For my international fans who may not know - this parade has been a Thanksgiving morning television tradition since.. since there were TVs I think. The parade itself was an annual event since the 1920s and I think they started broadcasting it nationally in the 50s, so yeah, that's pretty much when TV became a thing.  Anyway, thanks to YouTube, you can see Johnnyswim's performance. (The link is for the whole parade broadcast, but it should start you right before Johnnyswim's song.) The pair also were also interviewed at the parade rehearsal the night before. And here is one more YouTube video from the parade - this one just has Johnnyswim riding the float.

[NOV 27] Facebookers can also catch Johnnyswim live at Paste Studios. This was filmed the day before the parade.

[NOV 27] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's do some interviews this week.  First up is a long one from October 2003. Then we have the A&E Biography from 1995. (And that song you are wondering about is Worth The Wait.) And finally there is Part 1 and Part 2 of Donna Summer - Her Words, Her Story.

[NOV 20] Happy Sunday all! We have some Donna news tonight!  :-) First up - the play!  The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego has announced 4 world premiere plays for next year. One of them is the "untitled Donna Summer project. This is the very same play Bruce has mentioned in some recent interviews.  According  to SanDiegoUnionTribune.com, the play will be a dance musical that explored Donna's life from a child performing in the living room for family, up through her life in pop culture. It is supposed to include about 20 of Donna's songs and we can expect it to play about a year from now. That will definitely be something to look forward to!

[NOV 20] On to the Ultimate Collection. Some people have received their copies already and I'm seeing mixed reviews. People seem to be very happy with the vinyl edition, but the diehard fans have found some flaws with the 3 CD set. In particular the packaging is fragile and there are some issues with the sound here and there. On the bright side, the track list was adjusted after the label received some input from fans. There is a discussion about the set on SuperDeluxeEdition.com that shows the  final track list and at the end you will see some of the concerns some fans have had.

[NOV 20] PBS has a new music miniseries called Soundbreaking. So far the website lists 8 episodes but it is possible they will add more as the episodes air.  I Feel Love is featured in the episode called "Going Electric" and there is an interview with Giorgio Moroder and an old one with Donna. (Both of which I missed because my phone rang! Grrrrr.... Gotta catch the repeat! ) I feel Love came in at about 38 minutes into the show.  The episode after that is called "Four On The Floor" which is about the dance beat. They do show a clip of Love To Love You, but most of the commentary about the disco era comes from Nile Rodgers and Barry Gibb. (And they had some interesting things to say about the making of the music.) Now here in NY, the show airs on Channel 13 weeknights at 10 until November 23 with previously aired episodes available for a short time on the PBS website. Other areas should check their local listings because as you know PBS does different things in different areas at different times.  And I do recommend checking out the non-Donna stuff too. There is a lot of interesting stuff.

[NOV 20] Billboard posted a list of women with the most Hot 100 top 10s. Yes, Donna was on the list.  :-)

[NOV 20] Moving on to Johnnyswim,  CBS Philly posted a new interview in honor of the duo's recent concert in Philadelphia. This one  is mainly about Amanda being encouraged to find her own musical voice by her mom.

[NOV 20] US fans - don't forget that you can see Johnnyswim playing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. Make sure you tune in for that. :-)

[NOV 20] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Since the US based fans are getting ready to gorge themselves on Thanksgiving feasts this week, I think maybe we need some tunes to help burn off all those calories! LOL  So let's start with Hot Stuff from the 1980 TV Special. (Work that leopard print dress!) Then we have Romeo from the Hot Summer Night Special,  Bad Girls from Queen Latifah, I Feel Love live (with the robot dance),  Last Dance from TGIF, and Could It Be Magic live with Barry Manilow (sorry for the preceding commercials).

[NOV 13] Greetings all!  This is just a quick update because I've been out all weekend exercising my inner geek and I got home later today than usual. (I was at a Doctor Who convention - don't laugh! I speak many varieties of geek. :-) And I speak them proudly!)

[NOV 13]  First up, some sad news. Songwriter/musician Leon Russell has passed away.  If you are wondering about the Donna connection - well, a lot of you are familiar with A Song For You. Donna used to perform it a lot back in the day. Well that song was written by Leon Russell. He also wrote the Carpenters' hit Superstar which as you know, Donna covered so well in her final tour.

[NOV 13] As many of you know, Larry Flick is a long time Donna fan/friend and had a radio show on SiriusXM.  He did a segment on his show awhile ago that was a fond remembrance of Donna. The whole segment is available on Soundcloud and it's worth a listen.

[NOV 13] Johnnyswim fans - there are 2 more behind the scenes videos on Facebook. They are for Georgica Pond (the title track of the album)and Lonely Night In Georgia. Also, check out this review of their recent show in Nashville.

[NOV 13] That brings us to YouTube.  In honor of Leon Russell, let's play a couple of videos of Donna singing his songs.  First up is A Song For You from 1979. Then we have This Masquerade from 1977 and of course her wonderful cover of Superstar from 2010. And finally an unreleased track that I think that I'm hoping might cheer up some people and remind them to NEVER give up. It's called Begin Again and it's from Ordinary Girl. (And if you've never heard it before - give it time to get to the uptempo part. The slow intro is pretty long.) And another unreleased track that I hope can provide some inspiration in this world we are facing.

[NOV 6] Happy Sunday all! First of all - to my American friends, don't forget (as if you could!  LOL) that Tuesday is election day so get your butt out there and vote. (Sadly, neither Presidential candidate has added "release Donna's vault" to their platforms.  ;-) )

[NOV 6] Ok so it's a new month and you all know what that means - it's time for a new Summer Fever Pick. This month we celebrate I'm A Rainbow.

[NOV 6] Don't forget that the Ultimate Collection is coming out i n just a couple of weeks. The release date is November 18 in the UK, while Amazon US shows it available as an import on November 25.

[NOV 6] Johnnyswim fans - check out their Behind The Scenes videos on Facebook for Summertime Romance and Touching  Heaven. Also, look for Johnnyswim at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Woot!)

[NOV 6] There is also a nice article online about Georgica Pond with particular mentions of Johnnyswim's friends at the TV show Fixer Upper.

[NOV 6] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's try a collection of mid-80s clips starting with Livin' In America from the 1985 Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan. Then we have She Works Hard For The Money, a clip of Dim All The Lights and Unconditional Love  live from Disney (love her top!  LOL), a clip of Forgive Me, I'm Free from Soul Train, and Papa Can You Hear Me from the 1984 Oscars.

 

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In honor of the Enough Is Enough remixes, let's talk about Barbra...

"I didn't feel intimidated by [Barbra Streisand], and she didn't feel intimidated by me. At first she was shy because disco was new. She said, 'This is your thing, whatever you want to do, I am willing to try.' There was total compatibility. I loved working with Barbra"

- Donna Summer, People February 4, 1980

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