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Summer Fever Pick for April 2009:

The Greatest Hit Of All

"How come I can't find my favorite Donna Summer song on your site?"

You know, I get that question a lot. (Usually from my mom, actually - which is kind of weird since she doesn't do internet.)  And there really is one Donna Summer song that I never ever seem to mention. The reason for that is that for some inexplicable reason, it has never ever been on any of Donna's albums - even though it was a huge hit in 1979.  If you haven't guessed, the song is I Will Survive. Now, while is hasn't been on any of Donna's albums, I have found the song in numerous other places, and I am delighted to present a few of the different versions here for you.

 

 

Click the audio icons for streaming MP3s

I Will Survive - with Donna sounding exactly like Billie Joe Spears.
I Will Survive -  with Donna sounding exactly like Diana Ross
I Will Survive -  with Donna sounding exactly like Funky Nashville
I Will Survive - with Donna sounding exactly like Jenni Rivera
I Will Survive - with Donna sounding exactly like Tim Blaney
I Will Survive - with Donna sounding exactly like Crazy Frog
I Will Survive - with Donna sounding exactly like Gloria Gaynor. (This is the original 1979 version.)
I Will Survive - a remix
I Will Survive - another remix
I Will Survive - with Donna sounding exactly like herself for a change.

 

A few videos:

 

Do I even need to say it?   APRIL FOOLS!  I Will Survive is really a Gloria Gaynor song, even though most casual music fans seem to think it's Donna's. (I was surprised to see how many covers of it there are out there!  I haven't even scratched the surface.  LOL)

On to the REAL Summer Fever Pick.

 

The History of April Fool's Day

From April-Fools.us:

<<The history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1.

Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1. These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.

This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.>>

Here at the Tribute Site, April Fool's Day is celebrated with a special Summer Fever page.  I've made Shout It Out the spotlighted album a couple of times, I've invented a few albums, spoofed Crayons, and I even featured a page on Donna's time as one of the original Supremes. Who knows what dementia will come next year?  LOL

 
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