Donna Summer: She could sing anything,
anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[OCT 19] Greetings all!
There isn't much going on in Donna-land right now. We're just waiting for
those deluxe CDs and vinyls to hit. (Is it December yet? How about
now? LOL) But while we are waiting, the people over at the TV show
Scandal decided that MacArthur Park was the perfect closer to one of the
early episodes this season. I've never seen the show, but I always
agree with someone using a Donna song. ;-)
[OCT 19] In the Donna is everywhere
category, she got a weird little mention in an article
about petitioners. In a nutshell, the article is about how annoying it
can be to be accosted by petitioners in the street. The article includes
these lines: A fellow journalist told me she was shouted at recently while obviously listening to music: specifically, the music of Donna Summer. When you mess with Donna Summer, you've gone over the line.
[OCT 19] Johnnyswim fans: the
pair have announced a whole bunch of new
tour dates in support of their upcoming Christmas EP. Many of those
tickets are already on sale, and they are going fast. If you want to catch
Johnnyswim at any of their dates, buy your tickets EARLY.
[OCT 19] That brings us to
YouTube. This week look for the video for Try
Me, Glenn Rivera's Restructured Mix of The
Wanderer, A video for Could
It Be Magic, Hot
Stuff live in Beijing, a country
medley with Eddie Rabbitt, Heal
Them from a telethon, and a live version of Nights
In White Satin.
[OCT 12] Happy Sunday all - and
Happy Thanksgiving Canada! First up - an article in Billboard
about new signings, etc mentions that Donna is being distributed by The
[OCT 12] Aretha Franklin's new
Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics comes out October 21. The
track list is already on Amazon, and despite early reports to the contrary, Last
Dance is not on the list. I'm sure those of you ho wanted to hear
Aretha's take on the song are disappointed, while those who can't imagine
anyone but Donna singing it are relieved. My question is, did they
record the song and then leave it in the vault? Or did they just not bother
recording it at all?
[OCT 12] Johnnyswim fans, while
they are currently on
tour until November in support of Diamonds, on Tuesday they
will announce dates for a Christmas tour. A couple of cities they plan to
hit are Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Nashville. The Nashville
tickets are already
on sale. And I know I sound like a broken record, but you need to get
your tickets EARLY! Johnnyswim tends to sell out everywhere they go.
[OCT 12] If you are looking for
handmade jewelry, don't forget Mimi is making and selling stuff on Etsy.
(Some pretty nice stuff too!)
[OCT 12] That brings us to
YouTube. Look for a Japanese
concert in support of All Systems Go (it's the one that
includes Donna's awesome cover of Celebrate Me Home), then
there is Hot
Stuff/ Bad Girls from the Nobel Peace Prize concert, I
Will Go With You from a TV appearance, and I
Love You from The Tonight Show.
[OCT 5] Greetings all! It's a
new month so you know what that means. It's time for the new Summer Fever
Pick. This month, we look at I Remember Yesterday.
[OCT 5] California - if you
missed the slasher parody, I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna
Summer, then you can catch it at the Cavern
Club Theater for a limited engagement from October 10 to 25.
[OCT 5] If you missed it in
2012, Jellybean Benitez had some
nice things to say to CNN about Donna.
[OCT 5] Bruce fans - don't miss
him at Genghis
Cohen in Los Angeles on October 10.
[OCT 5] Johnnyswim fans - mark
your calendars. November 11 s the release date for their upcoming
Christmas EP. It's called A Johnnyswim Christmas and the
tracks will be: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, O Come All
Ye Faithful, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Christmas Waltz,
and a live version of What Are You Doing New Year's Eve. Check
out the cover art on Instagram.
And don't forget, the duo is currently (perpetually!) on
tour, so try to catch them when they get to a place near you.
[OCT 5] That brings us to
YouTube. This week look for the Live
& More Encore concert, the 1980
TV Special, Donna with Barry Manilow on Could
It Be Magic (one of my favorite clips), Clips
from Divas 2000, and an audio clip of Walk
Hand In Hand.
[SEP 28] Happy Sunday
everyone! First up tonight, the US Amazon store has listings now for
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
[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
[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
[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
[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
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
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.
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