Donna Summer: She could sing anything,
anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[AUG 31] Wow - where did the
summer go? Well, tomorrow is September 1 so that means it's time for a new
Summer Fever Pick. This month we reexamine Four Seasons Of Love.
[AUG 31] So you guys on
Facebook have probably been noticing the countdown on the official Donna
Summer Facebook page. Yesterday they posted the number 2. Later
tonight we should see a 1. And then tomorrow we will either get a big
announcement, or.... they will drive everyone crazy by posting the number
0. LOL Now I have no idea what the announcement is, but I
suspect if may have something to do with this
interesting search on Amazon UK. :-) For those who
don't want to click right now - that link takes you to a list of Donna stuff
that includes pre-orders for the DELUXE versions of the 80s albums - due out
on December 1. You may also be interested in knowing that these will be
available as cds, or vinyl AND there will be box sets for each
version. Now this hasn't shown up on the US Amazon yet, but let's see
what happens tomorrow. :-) Oh and one other little detail you
will like - the label imprint is Driven By The Music. :-)
Everybody start doing your happy dance!!!
[AUG 31] Also in release news,
Amazon UK has the Donna
Summer Complete Album Collection listed with an October 14
[AUG 31] In the Donna is
everywhere category, the talk show, The Chew, is using Love
To Love You Baby in their ads for the upcoming season.
[AUG 31] In an odd coincidence,
tonight I made Four Seasons Of Love the Summer Fever Pick -
over on the German
eBay, someone is selling a lamp based on that album cover.
[AUG 31] I think that brings us
to YouTube. This week look for Donna live
in Rotterdam, Glenn Rivera's Restructured Mix of When
Love Takes Over You, Love
Is The Healer Dream Machine Remix, a 1985
Megamix, and Someone
To Watch Over Me from Live & More Encore.
[AUG 24] Greetings all! It's a
quiet week so let's just jump right to the world of unusual covers. This one
is a strange slow version of I Feel Love by the Plantains being used
in the trailer for the film Men, Women, & Children.
You can see the trailer (and read about the film) here.
I'm trying to decide if the cover itself is depressing, or if it's just that
the movie is depressing and that's affecting my reaction to the song.
I think I better go play Donna's original a few times to shake that movie
out of my head. ;-)
[AUG 24] Johnnyswim fans -
check out their new interview on PopMatters.com.
Now if you are looking to catch the duo on tour - well, they are on a short
break now, but they hit the roads again with a show on September 4 in
Nashville, and they they continue to play here, there and everywhere
throughout September and October. Check out the dates here,
and don't forget - Johnnyswim tends to sell out everywhere they go lately.
So GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!! I've had several people tell me they waited too
long and couldn't get seats.... don't make that mistake!
[AUG 24] That brings us to
YouTube. First up a feature
from Wolf Trap from 2008, a 1979 segment
from 20/20, Last
Dance and On The
Radio from Live & More Encore, Donna
introducing Chaka Khan on Solid Gold, Friends
Unknown live, and one of my personal favorite clips - I
Will Live For Love with the Nashville Symphony.
[AUG 17] Greetings all! I
just want to start off by saying that it was my pleasure to catch Bruce in
concert last night in my first theater concert since May 17,
2012. It was a lot of fun and I scored an autographed VINYL copy of With
Angels On A Carousel at the merchandise table. :-) If he
comes to your area - try to catch the show. You will be sorry if you miss
[AUG 17] If any of you
are missing any of Donna's albums (or missing them in digital format, or
just need an updated copy of the ones you have) - iTunes and Amazon now have
listings for ALL of Donna's albums (yes even the lesser known 80s stuff like
I'm A Rainbow) available for sale. The 80s albums are actually pre-order
only right now - they are expected to be available on September 2.
[AUG 17] Facebook users, the
Grammy Museum page is running a contest where fans can submit a photo of
their favorite piece of Donna memorabilia for a chance to win tickets to the
Four Seasons Of Love exhibit and Grammy Museum swag. For instructions (and
to enter) head over to this
[AUG 17] In the Donna is
everywhere category... her friend Alice Harris ("everybody works -
except maybe Alice" - Live & More Encore 1999)
has put together an art book called Blow
Me A Kiss that features a ton of images around the theme
of lips. If you open the book to the dedication page, it simply says,
"For Donna." And if you flip to the back, the girls and
their husbands all get a mention. Some of you might already be
familiar with the book from Facebook - both Bruce and Amanda have posed with
[AUG 17] In site news, Wolfgang
has updates his German biography/discography. You can read it in PDF format here.
He's done such a great job with it - thanks Wolfgang! :-)
[AUG 17] Johnnyswim fans -
check out this video
they did for Uniglo.
[AUG 17] I think that brings us
to YouTube. First up is the karaoke video for MacArthur
Park, the 12" mix of I
Will Live For Love, a live version of To
Paris With Love, a live cover of Nature
Boy, and this awesome clip of Smile.
[AUG 10] Happy Sunday everyone.
This week I have a new Ken's Korner for you where he looks
back at Donna's Atlantic City concerts over the years.
[AUG 10] The latest word on the
upcoming Demon Records releases of the 80s albums is that they are still
working on them, they hope to release them all at one time, they hope
to make most of them 2 CD releases with lots of extras, and Bruce is working
[AUG 10] Long Island fans -
Legends In Concert is playing the Patchogue Theater August 13 to 17 and they
have Rainere Martin performing as Donna. She is the same person who played
for the mural unveiling in Boston. Tickets are available through the Gateway
[AUG 10] Speaking of Long
Island, Bruce Sudano is playing here this week. Look for him in Massapequa,
Long Island at the John Burns park on Wednesday August 13, then he's
down in Virginia at the Birchmere Music Hall on Thursday, then back up to
Peekskill NY at the Paramount Hudson Valley, on Friday, and then on Saturday
August 16, he's back on Long Island at The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts
Center. Bruce and the band will be opening for the Zombies at all of
these events. Oh and one interesting thing to note - the Candyman Band had
been reduced to a trio for these shows. It's their first time playing as a
trio, so it should be fun for all of us. :-)
[AUG 10] Johnnyswim fans - yes
they are still on
tour, and I can tell you now that New York is already sold out. This is
why I keep saying to get those tickets early! In other Johnnyswim
news, they are working on an ad campaign for Uniglo, so you may see Amanda
and Abner looking at you from some billboard somewhere
unexpected. :-) (Their picture has already been spotted in
[AUG 10] I think that brings us
to YouTube. First up is Donna's cover of Don't
Rain On My Parade, then there is a television performance of Last
Dance, Donna's cover of Superstar
(it's truly amazing!) , a news
segment on a San Diego art show, and Try
Me from American Bandstand.
[AUG 3] Greetings all! It's a
new month so you know what that means - time to change the Summer Fever
Pick. This month we celebrate A Love Trilogy. :-)
[AUG 3] Brooklyn Sudano fans -
scored a lead role in the Lifetime original movie, With This Ring.
[AUG 3] Johnnyswim fans - look
for Amanda on the upcoming Doobie Brothers tribute albums called Southbound.
It is scheduled to hit stores November 4.
[AUG 3] I know I sound like a
broken record - but I want to remind you all again that Johnnyswim is still on
tour, and they are selling out everywhere they go. (So grab your tickets
as soon as you can!) StAugustine.com
has a nice review of their recent show. And while you are in a
Johnnyswim frame of mind, check out their interview on Nuvo
[AUG 3] Boston fans - Linda
Gaines will be performing at "Skippy White's Rhythm & Blues Record Hop" and birthday tribute to Wanda Sutton
at the Grand Hiram Lodge on Sunday August 17. Tickets will be available
White's and space is limited so don't wait until the last minute.
[AUG 3] Vienna Dohler fans - as
you know she's been posting new music on her YouTube page on a regular
basis. Well, now she's making music videos for her songs too. Check
out this one for Farewell.
[AUG 3] And that brings us to
YouTube. This week look for Giorgio Moroder's tribute
to Donna at his performance at the Musilac Music Festival, Glen Rivera's
Restructured mix of I
Remember Yesterday and his Rumour
Has It/Happily Ever After mix, A promo clip for Winter
Melody, and 18
minute music video mix, Forgive
Me live, a 5 minute photo
story about Donna, and an unusual cover
of I Feel Love by Cherry Mint Koala.
[JUL 27] Greetings all! Let's
start off with the Boston Roller Disco party again. :-) The Boston
Globe posted an article about it, and if you are on Facebook, the Boston
Arts Festival posted a bunch of photos from that night. (If you are
lucky, you may even spot yourself.) There are also a number of photos on BostonMagazine.com.
[JUL 27] In release news,
Amazon UK (and some other vendors) are showing the 80s albums as being
available for download starting September 1. The label releasing them is
Crimson which is part of the Demon Records Group - the ones remastering all
the 80s stuff. The speculation is that these September 1 listings are
placeholders for the upcoming remasters and as such are subject to change. I
guess we will see when Demon puts out a press release. :-)
[JULY 27] Johnnyswim fans, yes
they are STILL on
tour (and will be most of the year, so find a time and place where you
can go see them), and they are planning to put out a Christmas EP this
year. That release will be accompanied by a Christmas tour. By the
way, if you go to a show - check out the merchandise. Some shows have
special posters available, and most shows have a few limited edition white
vinyl copies of their album, Diamonds.
[JUL 27] And while we are
talking about Johnnyswim, let me point you in the direction of a couple of
new interviews. The first is on StAugustine.com,
and the other is also at StAugustine.com.
(Can you guess which city they were playing? LOL)
[JUL 27] I think that brings us
to YouTube. First up is a Donna tribute story from Trez
Gregory, a live version of In
A New York Minute, a tribute video to Take
Heart, a mix called Do
You Wanna Get Down, a tribute set to The
Way We Were, and Bad
Girls live from Belgium. And then this has only a little Donna
content (you hear her music), but there is a 15 minute clip from a 1978
broadcast of 60
Minutes about Disco music. Specifically it's about
recording a record and then promoting it.
[JUL 20] Happy Sunday everyone!
Are you Bostonians all rested up from the skate party the other night? For
those of us who couldn't be in Boston for the big roller disco party tribute
to Donna, a couple of sites have posted highlights, including The
Fab Empire, My
Fox Boston, and YouTube.
There is even a clip of Donna's nephew Omega
Red performing Angel - the song that features Donna's
vocals. If you happen to be on Facebook, check out the Donna Summer
groups because people are posting their videos.
[JUL 20] In the everybody loves
Donna category, Gloria Gaynor will be doing a Disco
Mania cruise next year and her performance will include a tribute to
[JUL 20] Giorgio Moroder fans -
check out his interview on the Chicagoist.
Donna only gets a very brief mention in this one since they are mainly only
talking about his current work.
[JUL 20] Johnnyswim fans, the
pair are STILL on
tour, and of course that means more promotion. :-) So check out
interview, and their Glide
[JUL 20] That brings us to
YouTube. First up is a new
tribute by our friend Suecase Hall, The
Queen Is Back from Ottawa Bluesfest, 14 minutes of Donna with the Nashville
Chamber Orchestra from 2006, She
Works Hard For The Money from RAI, and finally a 2009 acoustic cover
of Bad Girls
from Bruce Sudano.
[JUL 13] Greetings everyone.
:-) Let's start with this little
article. For those who don't feel like clicking, apparently the Demon
Music Group has acquired the rights to the Geffen and Atlantic albums, and
the first one up for re-release (in an expanded format no less!) Is Another
Place And Time because supposedly it has the most bonus material. I do know
there were a boatload of remixes for those songs and it would be nice to get
them all in one collection. :-)
[JUL 13] For those of you
who like to follow the charts, this
blog has compiled Donna's Top 20 hits from 1974 to 1999 im a whole bunch
of countries. The information is presented as an image, so those of you out
there with visual issues that make you reliant upon screen readers will have
to get a little human help.
[JUL 13] Boston- are you up for
a party? On Friday July 18 from 6 to 10 PM City Hall Plaza will be
transformed into a FREE
roller disco party tribute to Donna. They will be playing Donna mixes of
course! and there will even be a couple of drag performers modeling some of
Donna's looks. If you don't have skates of your own, there will be some
there to rent. It sounds like a lot of fun!
[JUN 13] In the Donna Summer
FANS are everywhere category, the Garden
Roses website apparently employs a fan who added the "Disco
Queen" rose to the catalog in Donna's honor. They are said to be a very
bright orange/scarlet color and if the photo is accurate, they really are
[JUL 13] And in Gloria Gaynor
news 9you will see why in a second) - she's got an autobiography out called
I Will Survive, and in support of that she has been doing interviews
and things. One, in the Examiner,
concludes with a nice little memory of Donna. (And now you see why I
[JUL 13] I think that brings us
to YouTube. First up is an interesting mashup of Donna, Ke$ha, Beyoncé and
Madonna called Love
To Blow You Baby. If you are reading this at your job - save
that link for home. It's not work-friendly. Then we have MacArthur
Park from the HBO special, the JCRZ mix of Driving
Down Brazil, I
Feel Love from the Midnight Special, and the video for Fame
(The Game). Oh wait - and one more video that was just uploaded - Stamp
Your Feet set to soccer (football) highlights. :-)
[JUL 6] I hope everyone is
enjoying their weekend. :-) This week's update starts off with
.. what else? The Grammy Museum Exhibit of course. :-) A few
people have already attended and all I can say is thank god the gowns are
behind glass because I think some of you would have slobbered all over them
by now. ;-) Now, the museum doesn't allow photos to be taken of
the exhibit - which is pretty normal museum policy. It's just like how no
concert venues will allow you to record the shows, and yet YouTube is full
of concert videos. So you know where this is going, right? If you are on
Facebook, you may have already seen some of the photos that aren't being
taken. (Check out the Donna groups - you will find the fans who aren't
taking pictures. ;-) ) If YouTube is more your style, then there is this
video that wasn't shot, and of course I have no photos
on my site. (Wait, was that a hyperlink? How did that happen? ;-)
) Now for those who just want the important highlights, I
counted 9 gowns and 2 wigs. There is a bunch of other cool stuff too, but I
know there is a certain obsession with clothes and PARTICULARLY wigs on the
[JUL 6] Let's move on to the
land of remixes. Now playing on Soundcloud is the Division
4 Radio Edit of She Works Hard For The Money. It sounds
like they used the vocals from Live & More Encore.
[JUL 6] In the land of covers,
there is a cover of Hot
Stuff that is unlike any version of that song I have ever heard. It
is described on YouTube as the Peruvian Folk version of the song.
[JUL 6] Johnnyswim fans,
they've been working with Lincoln cars on their Dream Ride campaign. Check
out the video they made with Lincoln here.
[JUL 6] I think that brings us
to YouTube. First up, this unreleased
gem (which just happens to fit with the July 4 holiday), then there is
the Danny Howells mix of I
Feel Love paired with lots of club footage, the 1983 HBO
special (taken from VHS), the Patrice Relaxamix of Love
To Love You, and She
Works Hard For The Money from the Grammys.
[JUL 1] It's the first of the
month so you know the drill. The Summer Fever Pick changes.... this time to
Love To Love You Baby. :-)
[JUN 29] Happy week of
celebrations! I know a lot of you were doing Pride celebrations this
weekend, We have July 4 here in the US coming up along with Canada Day for
our northern neighbors. And of course the most important celebration of them
all - the opening of the Donna Summer exhibit at the Grammy
Museum on Wednesday! If you missed that announcement the other
day, just scroll down for the press release. :-) If you
are looking for a tiny little sneak peek, the museum posted this photo on
their social media accounts:
[JUN 29] In cover news, I have
mentioned previously that Aretha Franklin is working on an album
of covers that will include Last Dance. She's promising to
"give you what you are expecting and what you are not expecting."
That is an intriguing promise. They are hoping for a September
release, but that is subject to change since they only recorded about half
the songs so far.
[JUN 29] Johnnyswim fans - they
are still on tour,
and as I keep saying, get your tickets early because they keep selling
out. :-) The pair did an interview with The
Tennessean to promote tonight's show. Check it out - you can find out
what it's like to smack David Letterman with a broken guitar string. (Accidentally
of course!) :-)
[JUN 29] I think that brings us
to YouTube. First up is Patrice's Non-Stop
Hit Mix 2 - over an hour of Donna tunes! Then there is his Ballad
Collection (another hour of tunes!) , Donna on Oprah,
and Donna on Regis and
Kathie Lee (with her dishes LOL). Then in honor of July 4 we have God
Bless America, and The
Star Spangled Banner.
[JUN 24] This just in.... On
July 2 the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will unveil a new temporary exhibit
called.... (you are gonna love this!) ... Donna Summer: Four Seasons
Of Love. The exhibit will run until Spring 2015 and will
include things like gowns, set design sketches by Donna, handwritten lyrics
and notes, rare photos, some of Donna's art. I'm gonna quote the
entire press release in a second, but I want to say first that if any of you
west coasters are going and would like to share a report - I'll be happy to
publish it! Now let me just stop doing my happy dance long enough to
cut and paste the press release:
The GRAMMY Museum Presents
Donna Summer: Four Seasons of Love
Produced By Brian Edwards & Rick Dohler
on behalf of Bruce Sudano, The Sudano Family
The Estate Of Donna Summer
LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2014) – On July 2,
2014, The GRAMMY Museum will unveil its latest temporary exhibition Donna
Summer: Four Seasons of Love. Located on the Museum’s fourth
floor, this unique exhibition will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes
look at the iconic career of five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Donna
Summer. This will be the first exhibition highlighting the
career of the legendary “Queen of Disco.”
“Donna Summer galvanized a diverse group of
music fans and she was able to give credibility to a genre of music
that had many skeptics,” said GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob
Santelli. “We are honored to tell her story and help
demonstrate why Donna Summer is not only the undisputed ‘Queen of
Disco,’” but also one of the most successful female artists of all
On display through Spring 2015, the exhibit,
(produced by client relations rep Brian Edwards and Summer’s
son-in-law Rick Dohler, on behalf of Bruce Sudano and the Sudano
Family) will feature artifacts from The Estate Of Donna Summer
- Gowns and
costumes designed by Summer;
- Set design
sketches, also created by Summer;
lyrics and notes;
Never-before-seen photographs spanning Summer’s entire career;
hand-painted pieces from Summer’s critically acclaimed Summer Fine
- And more
Donna Summer rocketed to international
superstardom in the mid-1970s when her groundbreaking merger of
R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica
catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the
pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world. Maintaining an
unbroken string of hits throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, most of
which she wrote, Summer holds the record for most consecutive double
albums to hit #1 on the Billboard charts (3) and first female to have
four #1 singles in a 12 month period; three as a solo artist and one
as a duo with Barbra Streisand. Donna Summer was the first artist to
win the GRAMMY for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female (1979,
"Hot Stuff") as well as the first-ever recipient of the
GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording (1997, "Carry On").
In 2004, she became one of the first inductees,
as both an Artist Inductee and a Record Inductee (for 1977's "I
Feel Love") into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City.
Summer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on April 18,
2013, less than a year after her death on May 17, 2012.
“In 1978, Donna received the GRAMMY Award for
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, her first major industry
award,” said her husband Bruce Sudano. “Donna’s
relationship with The Recording Academy was very special to her. On
behalf of our daughters Mimi, Brooklyn and Amanda, and the extended
family, we are truly honored to have the GRAMMY Museum host this
amazing tribute to Donna’s legacy.”
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$11.95 for senior citizens (65+); and $10.95 for students with I.D.
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