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


[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.)

[DEC 28] Greetings all! I hope you are enjoying your holidays.  :-) Wednesday is New Year's Eve, and Donna's birthday, so be sure to mix a little Summer into your festivities!  :-)

[DEC 28]Those still looking for the CD boxset should head over to  Amazon UK. They have a supply available through one of their third party sellers.

[DEC 28] There is a movie called Foodfight that features a theme song called You Got Me Believing. It was written by Donna and Bruce, and performed by the Brooklyn Dreams. It is currently available on Amazon Instant video (in the US anyway)  And if you have a Prime membership, you can watch it for free.

[DEC 28] Johnnyswim fans - check out Baeblemusic.com's post about Johnnyswim at the Bowery. The article is accompanied by a couple of photos and a video.

[DEC 28] I think that brings us to YouTube.  First up is a beautiful tribute by Suecase Hall set to Celebrate Me Home. Then we have Heaven's Just A Whisper Away at the Apollo, Last Dance from the Night Of The Proms, All Systems Go from a TV appearance, and finally a short clip of You Are So Beautiful from Night Of The Proms. I would like to dedicate that one to the memory of Joe Cocker, the man who originally recorded the song, and who this past week joined Donna in the heavenly choir.

[DEC 28] I will see you all in 2015! Have a very happy and safe New Year's celebration! I will be rockin' my box set all night.  :-)

[DEC 21] Happy Sunday all!  As you can see, the site upload went well.   :-) And if you are not seeing the spiffy new winter theme, just hit refresh and that should take care of it. I am currently working on themes for other seasons too, so look for things to change once in awhile. I may still have to tweak some of the interior pages, but those I can do a little at a time when I have a chance. If you find anything obviously broken, just let me know.

[DEC 21] Moving on to Donna. In annoying news, the Rock Hall Of Fame class of 2015 has been announced so you know that means endless articles on the Hall Of Fame. One columnist has taken the opportunity to list what he sees as the 10 "worst" inductees of all time. Yeah, Donna's on the list. And it's for the same old stupid reason - disco.  But you know what they say about opinions - everybody's got one.  :-p

[DEC 21] Now on to much better news!  Amazon UK has a VERY small stock of the CD box set back in stock. So if you didn't order one yet, if you are quick you might be able to sneak in an order still.

[DEC 21] There is a new book coming out of Italy called La Disco by Andrea Angeli Bufalini and Giovanni Savastano, both of whom are huge Donna Summer fans. It is available from Amazon (Italy) and other sellers, and yes, it is in Italian, so if that isn't your language you'll need to find a sext Italian to help you.  ;-)  If you are on Facebook, you can follow the page for La Disco here. The book also got a 2 page article in the December 14 issue of La Repubblica. :-)

[DEC 21] Let's move on to Johnnyswim. They have (at least for now) wrapped up their tour and are hopefully getting some well-earned rest! They closed out the tour in Boston and were rewarded with this nice article on the Boston Herald website.

[DEC 21] Oh, and if you happen to have SiriusXM radio, take a listen to their Holly channel - one of several holiday music stations. Yesterday I was tuned in and they played Johnnyswim's Christmas Day. Even though I have the Johnnyswim Christmas EP and can play it whenever I want, there is still something special about hearing a favorite artist on the radio - especially the first time!  :-)

[DEC 21] I think that brings us to YouTube. This week we have the Love On And On Studio 54 Remix, the Glenn Rivera Restructure Mix of Dim All The Lights, the Christmas Medley from American Bandstand (1984), The Christmas Song from Good Morning America, and a fan video for the album version of the Christmas Medley.  And then one unusual cover for you - a ukulele version of I Feel Love complete with a yodeling section. I swear to you I am NOT making this up! LOL

[DEC 21] I will see you guys next weekend, but before I go I just want to say Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Festivus for you Seinfeld fans. And remember to stay safe while you are out celebrating - if you are drinking, don't drive!

[DEC 19] Okay, if you are seeing this then the site updated correctly. I still have stuff to learn with the new software, but as you may have guessed, I learned enough to be able to change the theme fairly easily.  :-)

[DEC 14] Greetings everyone! Lets start off with a site announcement. I believe I have the site fully converted to the new software and should be able to make the big switchover this coming weekend. (That's assuming real life and holiday preparations don't get in my way.)  So my plan right now is to delete the site from the server on either Friday or Saturday and then re-upload it with the new software.  So the site will be all or partly down during that time.  When the changeover is complete, the site will look just a little bit different.   :-)

[DEC 14]  Let's move on to the box set. I think by now most people who pre-ordered from Amazon UK and MyPlay have received their box sets.  I admit I have not had time to fully appreciate the whole set as much as I would like to. (Stupid job! I could be listening to Donna 24/7 if I didn't have to work!  LOL) The consensus is (and I have to agree) is that the remastering has brought new life to the albums. People are falling in love with albums that they previously hasn't fully appreciated.  So if you haven't played all your CDs yet, why not pull out the one you'd consider your least favorite and see if you still feel the same way?

[DEC 14] Now for those of you who haven't ordered your box sets yet... oops! The vinyl is still available, but the CD set is out of stock at Amazon with no indication of when more will be available. You can still get the individual CDs though if you want. 

[DEC 14] And speaking of the box set, it made the Telegraph's list of the 10 best box sets for Christmas - even though their description of the set was obviously not written by one of us.  LOL

[DEC 14] The LA Times came up with a list of the 20 best pop songs by women. I Feel Love came in at #12. 

[DEC 14] Johnnyswim fans - did you miss them on Kelly & Michael the other day? Well fear not. You can catch their performance of the Christmas Waltz right here

[DEC 14] Brooklyn Sudano fans - catch her on January 24 in the Lifetime original movie, With This Ring. You can read more about it here

[DEC 14] I think that brings us to YouTube First up there is a 2008 interview with On Time TV that is not to be missed. (Seriously, wait for her explanation of the Hattie Mae character.) Then we have The Wanderer from the Tom Snyder Show, a medley of hits from a 1999 TV appearance, and a playlist of Donna at the Nobel Peace Prize concert.  

[DEC 8] Greetings all. I have just a quick update to tell you two things. First, Johnnyswim will be on the Kelly And Michael Show Wednesday morning - December 10.  YAY!  

[DEC 8] The other thing I have to tell you is that Amazon UK has shipped more quickly than promised. I got an email on December 1 saying my cd box set would arrive ob December 22. It came TODAY. Other American fans have had the same happy experience.  So if you ordered from Amazon UK, keep an eye on your mailbox.  :-) Now I have to go read some extensive liner notes.  :-)

[DEC 7] Greetings all! The big news is that many of our UK friends have received their CD and vinyl boxsets, and the word is that they are GORGEOUS! There is actually a YouTube video of someone opening the Another Place And Time CD.  That will give you a tiny taste of what to expect if you are still waiting for your CDs. There is also this review of the boxset that you should check out. 

[DEC 7] Moving on to other Donna news, the official YouTube channel (which you should definitely subscribe to if you haven't yet) has added a couple of new clips from the vault. First up is a promo clip for Bad Girls. And that was immediately followed by a promo for Live & More Encore.  So how is YOUR case of Summer Fever now?  ;-)

[DEC 7] And in other Donna news, as you know we have an active official Youtube channel, if you are on Facebook you have seen that the page has been decorated with the boxset artwork, and I believe we are expecting an update to DonnaSummer.com. I would imagine that the boxset art will feature prominently over there too.  :-) 

[DEC 7] In remix news, check out this new mix of Bad Girls. Pretty cool!  And along with that is the Summer2K edit of Looking Up

[DEC 7] Let's move on to Johnnyswim (who are still on their Christmas tour.) They made a Huffington Post list of the best albums of 2014! (It's nice to know Huffington Post figured out what we've known for ages - that Johnnyswim is majorly talented!) 

[DEC 7] And while we're on the subject of Johnnyswim, check out their interview with CMT Edge in support of the Christmas album. 

[DEC 7] I think that brings us to YouTube.  This week look for a performance of Supernatural Love, a mashup of U2 vs Donna on She Works Hard On New Year's Day, and highlights from the musical, I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna Summer

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"Laura Nyro's songs have been a constant companion to me on so many journeys along the way. Her writing inspired me to try my hand at writing, and her boldness as a woman helped me not to be afraid. Her intelligence and spiritual sensitivity caused me to dig deeper, search harder, and to listen between the lines for not just the obvious truths, but the hidden meanings in songs that were tucked away from the surface listener. Laura was so gifted and she lives in my heart and soul today."

- Donna Summer Live from Mountain Stage by Laura Nyro (CD booklet) 

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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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