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1948-2012

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


[SEP 28] Happy Sunday everyone!  First up tonight, the US Amazon store has listings now for the CD boxset, the vinyl boxset, and the individual deluxe CDs.  Now keep in mind that these are being made available as imports which means the price is on the high side, and we won't get them here until December 9.  But this is another option for those of us in North America who want some Deluxe Donna goodness.  :-)

[SEP 28] In the Donna is everywhere category, she made Huffington Post's  Iconic Oscar Dresses You've Probably Forgotten.  The photo you are looking for is #4.

[SEP 28] You all remember the upcoming movie, Spinning Gold, about Neil Bogart, right? Well, it looks like Kelly Rowland is interested in playing Donna in that film. See what you think. (Scroll down to the bottom photo.)

[SEP 28] You may remember awhile back I mentioned that there is a blog that's all about chart positions? Well it's been improved and you can check out the Donna page here.  Most of the text  is in French, so if that's not your language you will have to use something like Google (or a hot French guy if you prefer) to translate for you.  :-)

[SEP 28] Bruce Sudano fans - catch him live in LA at Genghis Cohen on October 10 at 8 PM. If you have never seen Bruce live, then you need to go. An0d if you have seen him live, then you already know that you need to go see him again.  :-)

[SEP 28] For those of you wondering what Mimi is up to these days (besides being a mom that is), well she's making jewelry and selling it on Etsy.  She's got some nice stuff, so go take a look. 

[SEP 28] That brings us to YouTube.  First up is Breakaway live in Brazil, Mimi's Song from the Tonight Show, Vh1's Behind The Music, Donna on Oprah, and the long version of Walk Away (slideshow set to audio).

[SEP 21] Happy Sunday everyone. Let's start off with this nice little article about the Top 40 Pop Artists of all time. It's an opinion piece about the most essential artists to get to know. The list is based on commercial success and the timelessness of the artist's music. See if you spot a familiar name in the #2 spot.  ;-) 

[SEP 21] Music distributor, The Orchard, has announced that they are now working with Driven By The Music - which is of course is Donna's estate. 

[SEP 21] Ebony posted a list of 25 style icons. They call Donna "the glamour girl."

[SEP 21] Here's a bit of trivia or you. Donna holds the record for the longest note held by a woman in a hit single. (I don't need to tell you that the song is Dim All The Lights, do I?)

[SEP 21] Ok everyone - sing along: I'm dreaming of a Donna Christmas....   ;-) In case you haven't heard enough about the upcoming CD and vinyl deluxe versions of the 80s albums, well here's another article about them.  Excuse me while I go glare at my calendar and wonder why December 1 seems so far away.

[SEP 21] Here's something unusual. Someone has created a poster with Billboard's Hot 100 of all time represented as diagrams and charts. (Yes you read that right.)  Most of the poster is rendered too small to read on the website, but they show a sample area of it that includes the entry for Hot Stuff

[SEP 21] Bruce Sudano fans - he did a show called Border Crossings on VOA radio. It was a nice long interview complete with 3 live performances - one of which was a never before heard song called What The Future Holds. Now, don't be disappointed if you missed it.  You can catch it on the Border Crossings website.  You want the September 17 episode, and you have the option of playing it in your web browser, or downloading it to put on a portable device.  Check it out if you can. It was a really good interview that touched on all different points in Bruce's career, and he even opened up about Donna a bit.  And besides that - the new song is worth tuning in for.   :-)  On a side note - Bruce's birthday is Friday, so if you are on Facebook head over to his page and wish him a happy one.  

[SEP 21] Johnnyswim fans - stay tuned because the pair have been recording a video for Diamonds in Las Vegas. They are also currently working on their Christmas EP. 

[SEP 21] I think that brings us to YouTube.  This week we have Glenn Rivera's video mix of Fairy Tale High,  a clip of Lady Of The Night, a clip of On The Radio, a clip of Amazing Grace, a clip of Starting Over Again (a song mentioned by Bruce in the interview he did for VOA),  and  finally an audio only clip of Happy Birthday.

[SEP 14] Greetings all. The answer to the question a lot of you have been asking is, "yes". Oh wait, I guess I should give you the question too.  ;-)  The question is, "does the CD box set contain the DELUXE versions of the albums?" and that answer yes it does!  So that means you don't have to buy all the individual releases just to get all the bonuses - although if you have the cash, feel free to.  ;-) 

[SEP 14] In other news, as the deluxe albums are being worked on, they have found some stuff they didn't know they had.  And as a result, the tracklist for a couple of albums have had some adjustments made.  Cats Without Claws will now include the 7" Jellybean remix edit of Eyes.  And Another Place And Time adds I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Original Pete Hammond 12" mix), When Love Takes Over You (Original Pete Hammond 12" mix), Love's About To Change My Heart dub (not to be confused with the Love Dub and it will replace the PWL 12" mix),  and Breakaway Instrumental Remix Edit (which replaces the album instrumental.) What's happening is that as they remaster the tracks, they are discovering things that are mislabeled or whatever and fortunately they are at a stage where they can still make changes as different things are found.  Probably the track lists we have now are the final ones, but who knows? With a couple months left, we may get lucky and some rare mix will turn up in somebody's laundry room or something. 

[SEP 14] I'd say people are getting pretty excited about the deluxe releases. Tae a look at Amazon UK's list of disco best sellers. As of this writing, I see APAT, the CD set, ASG and the self-titled album all in the top 20.  The others all fall somewhere in the 21 to 40 slots, Endless Summer  popped up at #43, and on the 81 to 100 page, you find The Journey and Four Seasons Of Love.  We should just rename it the Donna Summer Chart.  ;-)

[SEP 14] Cats Without Claws lovers - did you realize the album is 30 years old?  (Can you believe it? ) Anyway, in honor of 3 decades of Cats Without Claws, The QH Blend blog has posted a very nice retrospective on the alum.

[SEP 14] In the land of covers, Beck is the latest to add I Feel Love to his set. You can hear it here. (Jump to about 2:45 for I Feel Love.)

[SEP 14] I think that brings us to YouTube.  First up is I'm A Fire live in Paris, then we have Science Of Love and Last Dance from XM Radio's Artist Confidential, An audio only clip of the Enough Is Enough recording sessions (jump to 16:40ish for the famous "beat him up with a stick" outtake), Donna with Dick Clark on Good Morning America, and Donna on Jools Holland. 

[SEP 7] Happy Sunday everyone! In case you haven't been on the social media scene this week, let me announce that the 80s albums (the Geffen and Atlantic ones only) will be released as deluxe editions on December 1 and there will be gorgeous box sets of vinyl and CDs.  Now as of right now, these are only available to Europe and Australasia via Donna's official store, or you can order through Amazon UK, and they will ship to North America. (It just costs a little more.)  You can see photos of the box sets here.  Now the only thing we are not sure of right now is if the box sets are just the remastered albums, or if they include the bonus tracks from the deluxe releases. What the box sets do have are postcards in the CD set and a gorgeous booklet in the vinyl set.

[SEP 7] Now as I said, the albums are coming out individually as deluxe editions too. They will have all the original liner notes, art and lyrics, plus some extensive new liner notes to go with them.  Since I am sure you are all well acquainted with the original tracks for all the albums (and if you are not - feel free to check out the discography section), let me run down the bonus tracks. 

The Wanderer: Who Do You Think You Are Fooling (3:55 edit), Cold Love ( 3:11 edit)

Donna Summer: Sometimes Like Butterflies, Love Is In Control (7" Version), Love Is In Control (Dance Remix), Love Is In Control (Instrumental feat. Ernie Watts On saxophone solo), State Of Independence (7" Version), State Of Independence (NRG Mix), State Of Independence (New Radio Millennium Mix)

Cats Without Claws: Face The Music, Supernatural Love (Extended Dance Remix), Eyes (Extended Mix), I'm Free (Extended Mix)

All Systems Go: Tearin' Down The Walls, All Systems Go (edit), All Systems Go (Extended Remix), Dinner With Gershwin (Edit), Dinner With Gershwin (Extended Version), Dinner With Gershwin (Instrumental), Only The Fool Survives (Edit)

Another Place And Time: This is 3 CDS so make yourself comfortable! Breakaway (Power Radio Mix), Breakaway (Extended Power Mix), Breakaway (Harding Curnow Extended Reix), Breakaway (Remix Edit). Breakaway (Album Instrumental), I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (12" version), I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Instrumental), I Don't Wanna Get Hurt (Remix), If It Makes You Feel Good (Pete Hammond Remix Instrumental), Sentimental (Instrumental), The Only One (Instrumental), This Time I Know It's For Real (Extended Remix), This Time I Know It's For Real (Instrumental),  Whatever Your Heart Desires (Instrumental), When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford 7"), When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford Extended Remix), When Love Takes Over You (Dave Ford Instrumental), Love's About To Change My Heart (Clivilles & Cole 12" Mix), Love's About To Change My Heart (Clivilles & Cole 7" Mix), Love's About To Change My Heart (Extended Mix), Love's About To Change My Heart (Instrumental), Love's About To Change My Heart (Love Dub), Love's About To Change My Heart (Loveland's Full On 7" Radio Edit), Love's About To Change My Heart (PWL 12" Mix), Love's About To Change My Heart (PWL 7" Mix)

Mistaken Identity: When Love Cries (Single version), When Love Cries (Vocal Club Dub aka Summertime Remix), Work That Magic (ISA Extended mix)

I'm A Rainbow: No actual bonus tracks have been listed, but it's touted as being sequenced as originally intended.

[SEP 7] These upcoming releases have already started to chart on Amazon' UK's New Music chart just based on preorders. :-) (You will have to click through the pages because chart positions change rapidly.)

[SEP 7] I think that brings us to YouTube.  First up is 14 minutes of clips from a performance with the Nashville Symphony. (It ends with that wonderful version of I Will Live For Love.) Then there is a 2008 performance of Last Dance from Oakland, Glenn Rivera's video mix of Once Upon A Time, a 1990 megamix, and Donna's duet with Seal from David Foster & Friends.

[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 release date. 

[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 20/20Last 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 it!

[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 page

[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 it.

[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 with them. 

[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 Playhouse website

[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 Boston!) 

[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 - she just 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 News

[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 at  Skippy 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 mixForgive Me live, a 5 minute photo story about Donna, and an unusual cover of I Feel Love by Cherry Mint Koala.

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"There are periods when I was working till I was gonna faint, then there were dead periods when I wondered, 'Did the music stop?' And then things would start to rev up again. You've got to do what you do because you love it. Focus on the craft, not on success. That way you'll be ready for the task. It's a wonderful place to be when you've stored up what you have to share with people and that drawer is about to be opened. I've always felt the need to share some of my life with people, so that they know they aren't alone. Life hits everyone, and we all suffer through things. It's just that most people don't have to do it in public."

- Donna Summer Miami Music May 15, 1997

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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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