Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[MAR 29] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with
one for our friends in Los Angeles. There is a place called the
Skirball Cultural Center, and from now until April 21 they are having an
exhibit called Rock & Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip. The exhibit
includes more than 20 photos of famous billboards, and Donna's
famous Live & More billboard will be part of the show. (A photo of
the billboard, that is. ) For more info, check out
[MAR 29] In the Donna is everywhere category, she
gets a nice mention in an
interview with Jimmy Somerville.
[MAR 29] Moving on to YouTube, look for 27 minutes
of Donna from the
2005 Night Of The Proms in Belgium, then there are 10 minutes
of clips from a
2009 live show in Paris, a clip of Donna and Giorgio
On, a clip of Donna covering
Superstar at the Hollywood Bowl, and her cover of
Natural Woman live.
[MAR 29] And finally, don't forget that I am walking to
stamp out MS again this year. If you would like to contribute, the link
right here. I have cool little wristbands for my first 50
donors - some of which I have already mailed out. :-) So if
you happen to have a couple of bucks you aren't doing anything with,
keep my MS walk in mind. Thanks to your generosity, I have already
raised over $1000 which means my team captain lets me wear my Donna gear
instead of the team t-shirt. :-) (It also makes her say that
Donna Summer fans are very cool every time she talks to me. ;-)
[MAR 22] Greetings all! Happy Spring! First up tonight -
is Night Of Proms on PBS
television. One reader caught a preview for the performers being
aired next week, and they showed Donna singing MacArthur Park. Now
I'm not sure which PBS station it was, but a search of my local (NY)
ones doesn't have any listing for Night Of Proms. But it wouldn't hurt
for those of you in other areas to check out your local listings.
I know some programs only get shown in certain markets, so some of you
might get lucky. :-)
[MAR 22] In the land of covers, Kylie Minogue has
teamed up with Giorgio Moroder on a cover of I Feel Love. You can
out here. It's very faithful to the original for the most part.
[MAR 22] Johnnyswim fans - if you are planning to go to
the May 1 show in Tennessee, those tickets are on
Grab 'em before they are gone! And if you are not in the Nashville area,
you have your choise of the following dates: April 17 in Austin, TX,
April 25 in Wilkesboro, NC, May 2 in West Palm Beach, FL, May 17 in
Annapolis, MD, May 19 in Alexandria, VA, May 20 in New York City, and
June 19 in Telluride, CO.
[MAY 22] I think that brings us to YouTube. First up is
a live clip of Donna singing
Don't Rain On My
Don't Wanna Get Hurt from Top Of The Pops, Donna's second appearance
on The View
in 1999, a live clip of
from the Sharon Osbourne Show (with a special appearance by Brooklyn
Sudano!), a live clip of
Pearls, and finally a live clip of
Song For You.
[MAR 15] Happy Sunday all! So who is ready for another
beautiful box set? Well, if you are in the UK, one is coming.
Let me start at the beginning. In the UK they are having an event called
Record Store Day on April 18. It's a day set aside to promote all the
local record stores. Part of this event involves the sale of
exclusive merchandise, and this year they will have a vinyl box
set of the Another Place And Time UK 12" Singles. The release is
limited to 1000 copies, and you have to go to a participating record
store to get it. The box set is by Crimson Records/Driven By The
Music - which probably sounds very familiar if you got the 80s
albums CD and/or Vinyl box sets. :-) The track list is as
follows: Record 1: This Time I Know It's For Real Extended Verion
(7:21), Whatever Your Heart Desires (3:50), This Time I Know It's
For Real Instrumental (3:39). Record 2: I Don't Wanna Get Hurt
Extended Version (6:58) I Don't Wanna Get Hurt Instrumental (4:45),
Dinner With Gershwin Album Version (4:37). Record 3: Love's About To
Change My Heart Extended Version (6:19), Love's About To Change My Heart
Instrumental (5:13), Jeremy Album Version (4:36). Record 4: When Love
Takes Over You David Ford - Extended Version (6:13), When Love Takes
Over You David Ford - Instrumental (3:37), Bad Reputation Album Version
(4:08). Record 5: Breakaway Remix Full Version (6:45), Breakaway Remix
Edit (3:37), Love Is In Control Album Version (4:19). (Actually looking
at the track list, maybe they should call is Another Place and Time And
More. ;-) ) These will all be pressed on white vinyl in LP
sleeves housed in a rigid outer box. And it looks GORGEOUS! But don't
take my word for it - here is the photo. :-)
I probably should have posted a smaller version
of that picture, but it is so beautiful, I couldn't bring myself to
shrink it down. Now if you want to know more about Record Store Day -
and more specifically, what retailers are participating, well just head
on over to the
Record Store Day website.
[MAR 15] Fans of the US TV show, Scandal, (or
people who just happen to see the commercials currently running for next
week's episode) may have heard a familiar voice in the ads. They
are using Bad Girls to promote the show. I can only imagine that someone
on that show is being a very Bad Girl. ;-) Toot Toot!
[MAR 15] In the Donna is the best category, the
FDRMX has posted its top 10 greatest disco artists of all time.
They count them down from #10 to #1, but they spoil the winner of the
number one spot by posting Donna's picture right at the top of the
page. (As if anyone else could have taken the top spot
[MAR 15] Moving on to Johnnyswim, they have a new
video out for Diamonds. You can catch it on
EW,com and then take note of the tour dates listed after the video.
If they are coming to your area, you will want to get your tickets as
early as possible - Johnnyswim does tend to sell out quickly!
[MAR 15] I think that brings us to YouTube.
First up is
Fairytale High from a 1979 Japanese concert, a video of
behind the scenes footage from the
sessions set to Breakaway, Donna and Paul Jabara on the
Show, Donna on
and my favorite
Could It Be Magic performance with Barry Manilow. (Yeah, I know I
post it a lot, but it always makes me smile.)
[MAR 8] Happy Sunday all! Spring is almost here.
(You can tell by the foot of snow still on the ground here! LOL)
Let's start off with an
interesting find on eBay. Apparently Universal Japan has
remastered some of Donna's back catalog and reissued it. The link I gave
you goes to She Works Hard For The Money, but I also saw Bad Girls, On
The Radio and The Dance Collection.
[MAR 8] In the Donna is everywhere category, she made
the Oscar fashion coverage of the March 8 issue of Entertainment Weekly.
A piece on Rosamund Pike's red dress was accompanied by photos of past
red Oscar dresses - including the one Donna wore in 1979.
Boston Globe ran a nice piece about the Grammy Museum exhibit.
Also, if you haven't been to the
exhibit yet, and want to go - keep in mind that it is scheduled to
close April 20. So time is running out!
[MAR 8] Johnnyswim fans - the pair made a brief
appearance on the HGTV show Fixer Uppers. It's season 2
episode 11, and you can probably still catch it on HGTV because they
repeat these things many times. I was also able to catch it on my cable
provider's On Demand list. The song, Home, seems to be the theme
for the show this season. :-)
[MAR 8] In other Johnnyswim news, they will be hitting
the road again soon. (That should be no surprise - they
practically live on the road! LOL) Upcoming cities include:
Austin, Ft. Worth, Wilkesboro, Nashville, West Palm Beach, New York,
Alexandria and Annapolis. Specific dates have not been listed for
any of them yet except Alexandria which is May 19. You can buy
those tickets now at
Ticketmaster. (No word yet on whether the new little baby will
actually be singing yet. LOL Although having said that, he
in the studio already!)
[MAR 8] That brings us to YouTube. First up is
part 2 of
Words Her Story. Then there is the
1990 Spain concert, the video for
State Of Independence, the video for
Fame (The Game),
and finally Enough
Is Enough with Westlife. I would like to dedicate that last
one to Mother Nature, just in case she is thinking about MORE snow!
[MAR 8] And don't forget that I am walking to stamp out
MS again this year. If you would like to contribute, the link is
right here. My first 50 donors get these cool wristbands that
say "Donna Summer Celebrate, Live, Love, Laugh" and if you flip them
inside out, they are rainbow colored so you can wear them for Pride
events (or just because you like rainbow colors. Hmmmm... I still have
50 misprinted ones as well. Maybe I'll flip those inside out and then do
something with them that way.)
[FEB 28] Greetings all! Happy Saturday! Yes, I'm a day
early, but since I had to work on the Summer Fever page, and I wanted to
change the color scheme for March, I figured I might as well just keep
[FEB 28] First up is the new Summer Fever Pick. This
month we are looking at The Wanderer. (And best of all, you can take out
your newly remastered copies to enjoy. :-) )
[FEB 28] There is an interview with Jimmy Somerville in
which he talks about Donna and Giorgio. Check it out on
[FEB 28] This week for her Throwback Thursday
Instagram, Barbra Streisand gave a shout out to Donna. :-)
[FEB 28] Speaking of Instagram, you might want to look
Johnnyswim's page there. Amanda and Abner always manage to
post cool pictures there from their various adventures, but the last 2
posts have an extra cute factor... they feature Abner with the new baby.
(I'd say fatherhood is agreeing with him!)
[FEB 28] Vienna Dohler fans - she is performing at a
fundraiser tomorrow (March 1) at
Franklin. It would not surprise me if video got posted
sometime after the event.
[FEB 28] I think that brings us to YouTube. In
keeping with the Summer Fever Pick, let's start with the video for
The Wanderer, followed by a
live performance of the song. Then there is the Sunset
Strip video mix of
Running For Cover, a live performance of
Cold Love, Andy's Upper Mix 2006 of
Looking Up, and a fan video for
Grand Illusion. And finally, in honor of Barbra's Throw Back
Thursday post, here is a clip of Barbra singing Enough Is Enough in
concert - with some nice comments about Donna at the beginning.
[FEB 28] And finally, I am walking for MS again this
year. If you are interested in contributing, the link is
right here. I even have cool little Donna Summer wristbands to
hand out to my first 50 donors. (And I have 50 misprinted wristbands
that I need to find some creative use for. LOL) As always, if I hit the
$500 mark, my team captain let's me wear my Donna gear instead of the
team gear. :-)
[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
[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
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
promoting Crayons, and finally
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
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
2008 Jones Beach concert. Then there is
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
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. :-)
Huffington Post has an article about Barbra Streisand. In it they
talk a little about Donna and the famous recording session for Enough Is
[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
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 One,
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
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
[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
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
[FEB 1] Facebookers, there is another new Donna page out
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
[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.
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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