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[APR 23] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with Donna's official social media sites.  Some of you may have seen that the official Instagram site was pretty active today. The reason for that is that the people running Donna's social media sites are  in the process of revamping them all.  The idea behind it is tomake the various feeds more fun and creative - sort of how they think Donna would handle them if she was in charge (and computer literate.  ;-) ) The explanation is on Instagram at the moment.  And look for the other social media feeds to be updated as the team gets to them.   :-)

[APR 23] Moving on to Mary "The Real Diva" Gaines  Sealy Posturepedic Bernard....  (yes I stole Donna's line.... somebody had to.  ;-) )  I mentioned last week that Mary was teasing something for May 28. Well guess what - the official announcement is out and she is doing another tribute concert .  The event is "Donna Summer: A Musical Journey" and it  will take place May 28 at 7PM at  the Old School Square Pavilion in Delray Beach Florida.  Tickets are on sale now AND if you are coming from out of town, they have a deal with the Hyatt Place right across the street.  Many of you may remember that Mary did a show like this for Donna's birthday in 2015 - to raves I might add.  :-)  Here's a little sample from that night just to give you an idea:

[APR 23] Ok, take a minute to wipe the tears from your eyes from the clip above, and then we can move on to Brooklyn.  WWD.com has posted an article to help promote Taken.  Speaking of which, Taken is on Mondays at 10 PM on NBC and there are only a couple of episodes left in the season.  And from what I've seen, I'm pretty sure the season will end with a big cliffhanger that will have us all cursing the inventor of cliffhangers every day until season 2 starts. (Or is it just me that does that?  LOL)

[APR 23] Up next is Johnnyswim.  They are out on the road again - seriously, do they just live in a tour bus? Do they even remember where their actual house is anymore?  LOL I have never seen an act tour so much! (That's great for us fans, but they must get really tired!)  NashvilleLifestyles.com posted an interview to promote a recent appearance in that area. Oh and you can catch a bit of Johnnyswim's performance at the Rites Of Spring Festival here.

[APR 23] I think that brings us to YouTube. Last time we did spiritual songs, so let's go the complete opposite way this time.  First up - Love To Love You on the Midnight Special.  Then we have a fan video for With Your Love Dim All The Lights live in 1995,  Hot Stuff live in the UK,  Try Me I Know We Can Make It video, and Bad Girls from the 1980 TV Special.

[APR 15]  Happy Saturday all! And Happy Easter and/or Passover to those who celebrate. (Also -Happy Tax Day to the IRS... BOOOOO!   LOL)

[APR 15] Deniece Williams recently posted a vlog on YouTube that relates  her story of when she met Donna.

[APR 15] In the Donna's music everywhere category: you can hear Love To Love You in a commercial for Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.  (I was actually pleasantly surprised to turn on the TV and without warning hear Love To Love You! It's the little things...  lol)

[APR 15] On to  Bruce. His new single and video, Coney Island Days, is out now.  That is, of course, from his upcoming 21st Century World album coming out May 5 on Amazon, iTunes, and other music vendors.  (That's just around the corner guys!  :-) )

[APR 15] Do we have fans here of the Sudano girls?  I know that was a stupid question. (And yes, I know they are grown women, but I prefer to live in denial sometimes.  ;-) )  Brooklyn and Amanda are in a promo film for Cartier's Panthere watch that should be out in June. You can read more about it here, and here.  And of course you can catch the 2 of them separately doing their own things - Amanda on tour (still!) with Johnnyswim, and  Brooklyn on NBC's Taken on Monday nights.  (There are only a couple more episodes left in the season and things are getting pretty intense!)

[APR 15] And now we have a little tease from Mary Gaines Bernard.  She's got something up her sleeve for May 28 in DelRay Beach Florida.  The official announcement is still to come, but I would think that Mary's recent Facebook  obsession with disco balls  might just be a hint.  :-)  And also - she is supposed to perform at the  Roller Disco Party in Boston this June.  :-)

[APR 15] And I think that brings us to YouTube. I think since it's Easter we should look at some of Donna's spiritual songs.  So let's start with Forgive Me live,  Amazing Grace How Great Thou Art,  a Gospel Medley from the Mac Davis Show, the only clip of Rejoice I could find, and another version of Amazing Grace.

[APR 9] Greetings all! Happy Sunday! Let's start off with Billboard. No, Donna's not on the charts again (yet), but she did get a mention in a recent ChartBeat article about Rihanna. The  theme of the article was the number of number 1s she has had, which lead to a list of the acts who have the most number ones since the  Dance Club Songs chart started in 1976.  Donna makes the list with a very respectable 15 number ones to her name.  :-)

[APR 9] In the land of covers - check out the Boston Gay Men's Chorus. After a few solo bars of Hot Stuff, the whole chorus   do their thing with MacArthur Park. And just in caser you are wondering - their arrangement is pure Donna Summer - with the bridge! Bravo men!

[APR 9] In Bruce Sudano news, check out his new interview for TheStrangeBrew.co,uk.  It starts off being about 21st Century World (coming out in just a few weeks!)and then goes on to take a look at Bruce's history.  And if you are in the NY City area (or will be), Bruce is doing a show on May 11 at The Cutting Room where he will sing all the songs from 21st Century World.

[APR 9] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's do some State Of Independnce. We have the making of video with the all-star choir,  a German piece that had footage of the making of the music video (even Donna speaks German in this one) ,  the official video for State Of Independence, a live performance of the song from 1983, and a 2005 Night Of The Proms performance.

[APR 9] OK - I have news about my MS fundraising. Our very good friend friend lstdnce has graciously made the following offer:

"...to you, and our FRIENDS UNKNOWN, I will donate $100 for every $50 that you receive for your MS Walk.

I want you to walk with a winning amount of donations to wear your Donna Summer gear and continue your heartfelt sharing to others about Donna as she too had a tremendous giving spirit to others.

Your walk this year is 3 days after the 5th anniversary of our loss. I will add another $25 to my donation for every donor who posts a Donna tribute photo of them interactive with “something Donna” to you for this memorable time. A video? A selfie with posters? A pic with our Donna? ….all can qualify for me to add to donating to MS on behalf of you and Donna."

I will, of course, make a page to post whatever you want to send. I do request that if you opt to send a video, you post it on YouTube and then I can embed the YouTube clip on the site.  This could be a lot of fun!  And then don't forget I am holding a couple of live songs hostage.  When I hit $500, you all will hear the whole version of this song.  And then I  have a couple more up my sleeve for later in the fundraising.  :-)  The link to donate is here. Thanks for al your support! With your help maybe someday we can actually CURE MS!

[APR 2] Greetings all! It's a new month so it's time for a new Summer Fever Pick. This month it's all systems go for All Systems Go.  :-)

[APR 2] Let's start with Boston. Once again they will be doing their annual Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Party.  The date is June 23 from 6 to 10 PM at City Hall Square.  They will have the usual amenities - great music (spun by DJ Roy Barboza),  free skate rental, food trucks and water stations, and appearances from O'Mega Red and other members of Donna's family.  Oh wait - did I say family? Well there is a little something different this year - a performance by Mary Gaines "The Real Diva" Bernard.   :-)

[APR 2]  The Guardian has posted a nice article about Stock Aitken & Waterman. It's a good overview of the team and the artists they worked with - including some very nice comments about Donna. It's definitely worth a look.  :-)

[APR 2] Moving on to Bruce news, he just wrapped up his tour with Johnnyswim - but you can still catch him touring on his own.  His new album 21 Century World is coming soon and  while on tour, Bruce debuted a song from the album called Bat Shit Crazy.  (Hmmm... sounds like a day at my job?  LOL)  You can hear a tiny snippet of it on Facebook.

[APR 2] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's start with a couple of rare gems that just found their way to the web. First is Donna on the Paul Anka Special - doing her best Bond Girl imitation.  :-) And the second is A Song For You from The Mac Davis Show. Let's continue with old variety show and see Donna on The David Soul and Friends Special,  a country medley and Starting Over Again on the Eddie Rabbit Special , and finally - Donna's own TV Special.

[MAR 26]  Greetings all!  First of all , a shout out to the city of London. I don't know what possessed someone to launch a terror attack there.  I thought it was pretty much common knowledge that (like the meme says) Londoners just Keep Calm and Carry On.

[MAR 26] On to chart news..l. well, there isn't any.  :-( Both Enough Is Enough and On The Radio fell off the charts for the week of April 1.

[MAR 26] Let's take a quick trip to Soundcloud where we can find Junior Vasquez's unreleased mix of My Life.  (Go listen - there are some alternate lyrics used!) And then some crazy fan with a website ;-)  was going through some old concert tapes and happened to find Donna and her girls singing Part Of Your World live at Jones Beach (in the rain no less.) I actually posted it a couple of weeks ago and forgot to put it on an update.

[MAR 26]  In the category of strange things you find on the internet - there is a group called  Twenty Sixty Six And Then - or perhaps I should use the past tense because it was only active in the very early 70s. It was based in Germany and one of the members of this band was Veit Marvos.   That would be the same Veit Marvos who was know to use a young vocalist who later became Donna Summer.  Some of Twenty Sixty Six And Then's music is up on YouTube, and our old buddy Wolfgang happened upon this little treasure.  If you jump ahead to about the 3 and a half minute mark, you just might hear a familiar background vocalist. :-)

[MAR 26] Let's move on to Johnnyswim. They are on tour (of course - they seem to never stop touring!  LOL) And for a little while they have a very familiar opening act - Bruce Sudano.  Now if you have Facebook, there is a little clip of the 3 of them doing a cover of On The Road Again.  Johnnyswim also posted a couple of Facebook live videos this week from their appearances on 92.5 in Massachusetts  and 106.1 in Charlottesville.

[MAR 26]  There are also a couple of new articles out there to promote Johnnyswim's tour.  Liberty University posted one,  ShelbyStar.com has one,  Voice Online has one, and CityBeat has one.

[MAR 26] On to YouTube!  This week I think I will focus on 1999 and I will tell you why in a minute. First the clips.  First up is  UK This Morning with an interview and I Will Go With You. Then we have a Live & More Encore medley from German TV,  I Will Go With You from Musica Si,  Donna (and fans!) on The View, and then on the View again later in 1999,  and finally the VH1 Live & More Encore interview part 1 and part 2.

[MAR 26] So about 1999...  as you guys know, every year I do a Walk to fight MS at this time of year.  And you guys are always very generous.   :-)  But I have a little incentive to encourage donations.  I mentioned above that I have been going through some old concert tapes I have. One gem I found was from 1999. I have pulled 3 tracks off of that tape and will put them on Soundcloud at various times during the fundraising process.  They are Carry On, Different Road (written by Bruce and never recorded by Donna), and Be Rich from Ordinary Girl.  They were all recorded live in Atlantic City - and as such have the usual issues you would expect from covert concert recordings - crowd noise, etc. When I get my first $500, I will post the first track.  :-)  (And yeah, I know money is tight... so eventually I will post all 3, donations or not. It's just that donations will speed things up!)

[MAR 18] Happy Saturday all!  Let's start with the charts. This week Enough Is Enough takes a big drop to #41 on the  Billboard Dance Club Songs chart for March 25. BUT - over  on the  Top Dance Electronic Albums chart, On The Radio debuts at #15.  It is the highest ranking debut for the week.  :-)  Now the question is why after al these years is there a renewed interest in the album? Certainly part of that is the success of the Enough Is Enough mixes.  On top of that it probably helped that iTunes had it on sale for $5.99 recently, and of course Donna's name has been in the news a bit more lately thanks to the family getting publicity. Johnnyswim is out on tour, Bruce has an album coming out, and Brooklyn has been promoting her show Taken like crazy.  And generally speaking journalists seem to at least mention Donna's name when talking to/about the others. In Brooklyn's case, she is getting asked more questions about being Donna's daughter because the press doesn't know her as well yet.  Once the novelty wears off (and a few more episodes of  her show have aired), the press will be more interested in Brooklyn herself than in her lineage.

[MAR 18] In other Donna news,  tickets for the Donna Summer Musical  in La Jolla, CA are officially on sale to the general public - well for at least one date of the run.  Vividseats.com is selling tickets to the December 2 show, but the show is running from November 7 to December 10.  More info is available on the La Jolla Playhouse website.

[MAR 18] In the Donna is everywhere category, she was the answer... wait I mean the question to a Jeopardy clue this week.  If you've never seen Jeopardy,  the way the game is played is they give you a clue and then you have to respond with a question.   The clue was "In 1983 this singer told us, 'She works hard for the money, so hard for it honey.'" The correct response was of course "Who is Donna Summer?"

[MAR 18] I mentioned Brooklyn before - her show Taken is on NBC Mondays at 10.  And of course since it's a new show, they are doing lots of publicity for it.  Brooklyn was on Access Hollywood live this week.  The first half of the interview is on the Access Hollywood website.  The other half of the interview was about being Donna's daughter and I've only run into that on Facebook so far.  You can also see several cast members from Taken talking about the show in this YouTube clip.

[MAR 18] Moving on to Bruce,  he is giving a songwriting master class at Stax Music Academy in Memphis on April 1. For more info, check out this link.  But for those who are more interested in listening to Bruce's songs than in learning to write their own (yeah that would be me  lol), Bruce has posted a lyric video for his new single, It Ain't Cool.  I have to say songs like It Ain't Cool and Common Sense are reminding me a lot of the good 60s protest music.  I grew up on Peter Paul & Mary and liked their sound long before I had the maturity to understand the message.

[MAR 18] I think that brings us to YouTube.  I think with On The Radio charting again,  we should put that in the spotlight.  So we have On The Radio from the 1980 TV Special,  Enough Is Enough with Westlife, a medley of 70s hits,  I Love You live on the Tonight Show,  and  finally some demos of Enough is Enough:  version 1, version 2 and an acapella demo.

[MAR 12] Greetings all!  It's been a sad week this week. We just lost Joni Sledge from Sister Sledge. We also lost Kevin Brown, who most of you know as ViSiON - the guy behind the wonderful ViSiON mixes.  My condolences to their families, friends and fans. Both will be greatly missed.

[MAR 12] In Donna news, Enough Is Enough slips to #21 on the Billboard Dance Club Play Chart for the week of  March 18.

[MAR 12] Brooklyn Sudano fans - catch her on NBC's Taken Monday nights (or on demand  if that's your thing.)  Now that we have hit the second episode and they can concentrate more on building up the plot than on what I like to call "setting up the chessboard", we are starting to see more of Brooklyn's character. :-)

[MAR 12] As part of the promotion for Taken, Brooklyn did an interview with the NY Post where she also gets to talk about her mom a little. She also did an interview for PIX11. It's short but fun.  :-) And finally she did a  joint interview on 11 Alive with one of her costars, Gaius Charles, where they talk strictly about the TV series.

[MAR 12] Let's move on to Bruce Sudano. As I have mentioned before, Bruce has a new album coming out May 5 called 21st Century World.  The first single is out now and it's called It Ain't Cool. The album itself is available for preorder from Amazon and iTunes. And People Magazine spotlighted the song on their website recently.

[MAR 12] I think that brings us to YouTube. Since we are expecting a massive snowstorm here this week, I think we're gonna need some  good mixes to get the blood flowing and stay motivated to shovel all that white stuff.  :-)  So let's start off with the original mix of Love On And On, That's The Way It Is from The Journey), Crayons Someday (the original version), I Got Your Love,  and then a couple of mixes from our late friend ViSiON - If It Makes You Feel Good and  This Time I Know It's For Real.

[MAR 12] And finally on a personal note, I will be walking to fight MS again this year. I started walking because I have a friend with MS, I continue walking because of her and others I have met since, and I walk to honor Donna's humanitarian legacy.  Everybody knows Donna's music - not everybody knows about her generous spirit, and since she left us, every act of charity I do is dedicated to her memory. So, in a way she is still making good in this world. :-)  If you are interested in donating, my link is here.  And as many of you know, I usually find some sort of little Donna-related thank you  to give to my donors. If I hit $517 then I get to ditch my team shirt in favor of my Donna gear. (And I really hope I hit that again this year because I'm not 100% sure I even know where my team shirt is anymore! LOL) The walk is May 20, so we have a little time to raise some money so we can hopefully cure some people! Thanks!

[MAR 4] Happy Saturday all! It's a new month so the new Summer Fever Pick is up. This time we explore Cats Without Claws.

[MAR 4] Let's start with the charts. For the week of March 11, Enough Is Enough drops to #15 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

[MAR 4] Enough Is Enough 's run may be fading, but a couple of other songs have received some attention of a different kind this week.  On the show Riverdale, Josie & The Pussycats performs a cover of I Feel Love on the episode titled "Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" That episode will air on Tuesday, March 7 on the CW.

[MAR 4] The other song in the spotlight is Last Dance thanks to a performance on last week's episode of The Voice. The contestant did a really good job and totally blew away the judges.

[MAR 4] Brooklyn Sudano fans - don't forget you can see her in Taken on NBC Monday nights. Also, there are a couple of interviews out there promoting the show.  One is from Hollywood Today Live,  and the other is a more general promo piece for the show. There is also a print interview on Emmys.com.

[MAR 4] Bruce Sudano fans - Bruce was on the Morning Buzz with Beth Pike a couple of weeks ago. The show is available online, so go check it out.

[MAR 4]  I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's just do some random clips of Donna performing with others.  There is Donna with Raffaella Carra on Lovin' You, then  Donna with a bunch of people on the Mac Davis Show,  a short clip of Donna with Rita Coolidge on You've Got A Friend, Donna with Kenny Rogers on a Grammy medley,  Donna with Rosie O'Donnell on Enough Is Enough,  and finally Donna with Price Poppycock on America's Got Talent. (Well, I did say  these clips were random!  LOL)

[FEB 26] Greetings all! Happy Oscar night!  Let's start off with the charts again.  On the Billboard Top Dance Club Songs chart for March 4, Enough Is Enough falls to #13. It has totally fallen off the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 50.

[FEB 26]  In the Donna is everywhere category, She gets a mention in an article posted on Billboard.com today about highest charting hits winning Oscars for best original song. You guessed it - Last  Dance makes the list.  :-)  Also, Donna got a mention on the People's Court recently in the case of the "Sizzling Mad Disco Singer." One participant was asked his favorite disco  song and he (wisely) replied "Anything by Donna Summer." Clearly, any other answer should have gotten him booted out of court.  ;-)

[FEB 26] Brooklyn Sudano fans - don't forget that her series, Taken, premieres tomorrow (Monday February 27) at 10 PM on NBC.  (And I am sure you will be able to catch it on demand if you miss it.)

[FEB 26] Johnnyswim fans - the duo is STILL on tour and new dates have been announced for the US and Canada this spring and summer. And knowing Amanda and Abner - there will be even more dates to come.

[FEB 26]  I think that brings us to YouTube and I think we should go with an Oscars theme today.  So we have Donna performing Last Dance at the 1978 ceremony, Paul Jabara winning the Oscar for the song, and Donna singing Papa Can You Hear Me at the 1984 telecast. And then we have a couple of songs from movies like The Power Of One, Whenever There Is Love, and an alternate version of the Brooklyn Dreams Hollywood Knights from the film of the same name. (You might spot an extra voice in that one.  LOL)

[FEB 19] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with the charts again this week. This time the news isn't good.  Enough Is Enough slips from #3 to #4 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs for the week of February 25. And on the Electronic Dance Songs chart it slips from #39 to #42,

[FEB 19] Moving on to Bruce Sudano news - as you know he was performing at the Folk Alliance recently. In support of his performance, he appeared on KCTV 5, and you can watch that here.

[FEB 19] Bruce fans can catch him on tour on the second half of March.  He will be opening for another act I think you are all familiar with - Johnnyswim.  :-)

[FEB 19] And just in case that isn't enough Bruce for you - he's got another album coming out on May 5 - 21st Century World.  :-)

[FEB 19] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's do a little traveling with Donna this time.  We'll start by Driving Down Brazil,  then it's off to Tokyo, then we go To Paris With Love, then Don't Cry For Me Argentina because In A  New York Minute we'll go to Los Angeles to see the Sunset People. Then it's off to Somalia to find some Pearls that just might be lying In The Valley Of The Moon. And finally, God Bless America!

[FEB 11] Greetings all! And Happy (almost) Valentine's Day! Let's go right to the charts this week. So for the week of February 18, Enough Is Enough stays at #39 on the Billboard Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart.  But on the Dance Club Songs chart, it rises 2 spots to be #3.  Nice!

[FEB 11]  And while we are talking about Billboard - they have posted their list of the 100 Greatest Grammy Award Show Performances of All Time. Donna comes in at #98 with She Works Hard For The Money.

[FEB 11] Johnnyswim fans - check out the new review of Georgica Pond on Redbrick.me.

[FEB 11] Brooklyn Sudano fans - good news, her series Taken will premiere on NBC on Monday February 27 at 10 PM (9 Central).  For those wondering, Taken is based on the films of the same name about a former Green Beret who, after experiencing a personal tragedy, becomes a "deadly CIA operative." Brooklyn plays Asha Flynn, "an attractive and driven young lawyer" who reconnects with the main guy. You can see more about the show on the NBC website.

[FEB 11] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Well you know we are going to have to go with a love theme this time.  So there is Love To Love You from the Midnight Special, the Love Is In Control video, I Love You from the Tonight Show, I Feel Love live 2008, Love Is The Healer from Queen Latifah, a little snippet of Love To Love You  from 1999 (the first time she had performed it in YEARS) and finally, Friends Unknown - Donna's love tong to the us, her fans.  :-)

 

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- Donna Summer, Billboard September 25, 1993

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