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
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.
[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
[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 20/20, Last
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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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 -
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
[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
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 mix, Forgive
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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