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[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.  :-)

[FEB 4] Happy Saturday all! The new Summer Fever Pick is up. This month we are workin' hard for the money! (Or for the no money, as the case may be.  :-) )

[FEB 4] Let's start off with some chart news. For the week of February 11, Donna becomes a Top 5 artist  yet again as Enough Is Enough 2017 sneaks up to #5 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

[FEB 4] Bruce Sudano fans -  catch Bruce live at the 2017 Folk Alliance on Friday February 17 at 9:30 at the Shawnee Mission in Kansas City, MO. If you are in the area, go check it out.

[FEB 4] Johnnyswim fans - Amanda and Abner are touring in Europe at the moment and a couple of clips have come out of their visit to Sweden. The first is a nice  interview from a talk show over there. And the second clip is a performance of Drunks from the same show.  Just so you know, the interview is in English, but the hosts' introduction to the sing is in Swedish.

[FEB 4] I think that brings us to YouTube. Since Disney is using Donna tunes in their Main Street Electrical Parade, let's go with a Disney theme this week.  So we have  She Works Hard For The Money on  the Disneyland 30th Anniversary special, Unconditional Love and a snippet of Dim All The Lights also from Disneyland, liveandmore's fan video for Someday, a fan video for A Whole New World (Dave Koz featuring Donna), selections from Donna at One Mighty Party 2007 (for Gay Days) part 1 and part 2,  and finally a Disney parody of She Works Hard For The Money. Don't pass that last one up - it's a very clever edit of clips from Hunchback of Notre Dame to parody the music video for Hard For The Money.

[JAN 28] Happy Saturday all! Let's start off with chart news.  for the week of February 4, Enough Is Enough 2017 is up to #45 on the Billboard Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart and up to number 6 on the Dance Club Songs chart.   :-) And on the  Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart, Enough Is Enough climbs to #39

[JAN 28] Disneyland fans - the Main Street Electrical Parade is back until the middle of June. Someone who went to a preview a couple of weeks ago noted that they were using 70s disco music - yes, they included Donna.  :-)

[JAN 28] Facebookers, Casablanca Records recently posted a live video with Giorgio Moroder talking about his music. Yes there are some Donna tunes in the discussion.  :-)

[JAN 28] In cover news, there is well let's call it a rumor for now, reported by TMZ that Madonna has been approached to record Enough Is Enough as an anti-Trump anthem with some new lyrics. Now neither Bruce Roberts (the songwriter) nor Madonna responded to  TMZ's requests for info, so don't het your hopes up yet. (Or for you Madonna haters, don't get upset yet either. BTW - Hi Ken.  LOL)  I figure the combination of Enough Is Enough hitting the dance charts again, plus Madonna's recent headlines from the Women's March (and Trump's response) make a proposed cover perfect rumor fodder. So personally, I'm taking it with a grain of salt for now.

[JAN 28] Johnnyswim fans - there are THREE new reviews of the Georgica Pond album courtesy of Fortitude Magazine, The Arts Desk, and Music-News.com. And don't forget that Amanda and Abner are on tour - hitting Europe in just a few days! Check out the list of dates on their site.

[JAN 28] I think it's time for some YouTube clips. I'm just gonna go with some songs that have been going through my head lately. So let's start with Love Is The Healer live on The View, liveandmore's fan video for Let There Be Peace, State Of Independence from the Hot Summer Night special, Work That Magic (audio only), Bring Down The Reign (slideshow),  Voices Cryin' Out (audio only), and Stamp Your Feet live on Letterman.

[JAN 22] Greetings all - and my best to the people of Italy who are dealing with earthquakes and an avalanche. I hope everyone is safe and their loved ones accounted for.  :-)  And kudos to all my American (and even foreign) friends who marched in the protests yesterday. It was nice to see people able to stand up for what they believe in in a PEACEFUL way. Regardless of any person's particular political stance, this is how our democracy works best - when people can get their point across without violence and without hate. It's okay to disagree (and let's face it, we wouldn't be Americans if we didn't disagree!  LOL) but it is possible to disagree in a respectful way, and I believe that's what we need to strive for.  (Well, unless the matter at hand is Donna Summer.... if you don't like her, I might have to bitch slap you.  ;-) KIDDING!)

[JAN 22] Speaking of Donna - let's look at the Billboard charts.  On the Dance Club Play chart, Donna moves up to #9.  But one chart isn't enough to contain our Donna, so if you go over to the Hot Dance Electronic Songs chart, we have a #47 debut for the 2017 Enough Is Enough remix. By the way, those are the January 28 charts for those of you keeping track.   :-)

[JAN 22] Here's a heads up for those of you who watch PBS. Their Disco Explosion music show has been making the rounds again. It aired recently here in NY. So if you check your local listings, you may find it playing in your area.

[JAN 22] Johnnyswim fans - as I mentioned, the pair appeared on Conan last week. You can catch their performance of First Try on the show's website. And after you check that out, check out their All-Access interview on Soundcloud.

[JAN 22] And that brings us to YouTube.  Let's have some fun with clips we don't see too often.  We'll start with a pair from the old Tom Snyder Tomorrow Coast To Coast show The Wanderer and Cold Love.  Then we have a 1991 performance of State Of Independence (with the blonde hair she was rocking for the Mistaken Identity album),  Say A Little Prayer live in Brazil, Sunset People from the 1980 TV Special,  and Dinner With Gershwin from The Late Show,

[JAN 15] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with some chart info. You know the new 2017 Enough Is Enough remixes.... well this week they jump up to #12 on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart.  It's been almost 5  years since Donna left us and she STILL rocks the dance charts! :-)

[JAN 15] If you are in the La Jolla CA area (or will be in November), it's official - the La Jolla Playhouse will be running the "Untitled Donna Summer Musical". It's on their 2017/18 Season announcement.  On a side note - the musical REALLY needs an official name.... unless, of course, Untitled Donna Summer Musical becomes the official name..  LOL

[JAN 15] Johnnyswim fans - catch the duo on Conan on Tuesday January 17. That airs on TBS at 11pm (or 10 Central). The show also posts video on the TBS website - clips and full episodes. So if you miss it on TV, catch it on the web.

[JAN 15] Also, Johnnyswim fans should check out their interview on news-press.com.  :-)

[JAN 15] That brings us to YouTube. Oh what the heck, let's watch a few official music videos this week - or what passed for official videos in the pre-MTV days. :-)  We have Last Dance Could It Be Magic, I Remember Yesterday, MacArthur Park, She Works Hard For The Money (the first video of the MTV era for Donna),  There Goes My Baby, All Systems Go Melody Of Love (UK version), Work That Magic, and Fame (The Game).

[JAN 8] Greetings all! Here in NY it is DEFINITELY winter, but we have a little Summer on the charts.  :-)  Enough Is Enough 2017 is currently #20 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. There is also a mention of that fact in an article about the dance charts.

[JAN 8] And speaking of Enough Is Enough, we have another mix out there in the wild - the Art Color Mega Remix Kaleidoscope.

[JAN 8] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's start with a popular clip this week - but I better explain it first. As many of you here in the US know, Mariah Carey performed on New Year's Rockin' Eve and had some technical difficulties that resulted in her receiving a certain amount of criticism.  Now as I'm sure most of you know, when a person makes their living performing live, it's not a question of IF something will go wrong, but WHEN it will happen. And in my opinion the mark of a true professional is in how they handle it when things do go wrong. So with that in mind, take a look at this clip of Donna dealing with a bad mic - a complete professional!  :-) That led me indirectly to this clip of  VH1 Divas 2000 rehearsal footage. Now it's mainly Diana Ross and Mariah Carey (and a bunch of interview footage cut in) but if you go to the end you see Donna rehearsing with them for the Supremes medley she didn't participate in for the actual show.  Then there is this clip with Donna rehearsing her own stuff along with interviews with her and Nile Rodgers. And as long as we are in Divas 2000 mode, let's see the actual performances: Reflections, Bad Girls, Love Is The Healer, and the group finale of Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

 

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"In terms of when you produce something, when you write, I wrote a lot of songs I sang, and so I'm a writer and I just continue to write all the time. And whether somebody else hears them or not isn't the issue. The issue is that I'm a writer and that I have to do that.... you get to a place in your life you go, 'Now I will do what I want to do and if somebody doesn't like it - well.'"

- Donna Summer, Oprah, July 8, 1999

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