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

[MAR 24] Happy Saturday all!  This week we are starting off with a new compilation called Summer: The Original Hits due out April 20.  Now BEFORE you start yelling about yet another compilation - this one is a little different. It is specifically geared toward people (casual fans) who will see the musical but who may not be as fully  familiar with the original songs as we are. As such, the album is coming out just 3 days before the official opening date of April 23, and the tracks are all ones used in the musical. Let me give you the track list:  I Feel Love, Love To Love You, I Remember Yesterday, On My Honor, Faster And Faster, MacArthur Park, Heaven Knows, Enough Is Enough, Pandora's Box, On The Radio, I Love You, Bad Girls, She Works Hard For The Money, Unconditional Love, Hot Stuff Last Dance, and as a bonus on iTunes (probably for us diehards - and probably at Amazon if you look at the MP3 listing) they added the Rosabel Radio mix of MacArthur Park and the Ralph Rosario Eric Ibiza 2018 mix of Hot Stuff. That Hot Stuff mix is actually available to purchase now. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the MP3 version of the collection also includes White Boys from the German soundtrack to Haare. Now, EVERY one of those songs was used in the musical when it played La Jolla. There are a couple of other songs that were also used that UMG would have had to pay to include: Stamp Your Feet, The Queen Is Back, To Turn The Stone, Friends Unknown and My Life.  So this album should tide at least the casual fans over until a cast album is recorded.  :-) On a side note - I have tickets for the Friday performance this coming week, so I will have first hand reports to make on the next update.  :-)

[MAR 24] Speaking of the musical - I have finally seen the TV commercials on the air. A couple of nights this week I was watching The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and the ad ran shortly before midnight.  :-)  It was very exciting!  Also, I find myself being followed all over the internet by ads for Summer: The Musical which on the one hand tells me that I really should clear my cookies and history more often. But on the other hand, I do get a kick out of seeing those ads.  LOL

[MAR 24] There is a new non-profit organization called The Songstress Hall Of Fame. They took to Twitter to announce the following inductees:  Adele, Cher, Aretha, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Barbra, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and of course DONNA SUMMER.  :-)

[MAR 24] Fan club fans - Tom Gilliam is looking for some help. He's been funding the Fan Club out of his own pocket since 1986. It's been getting more expensive as time has gone by so now Tom has a GoFundMe to help raise money to pay for upgrades and updates to the fan club site software, etc. If you would like to contribute, the link is right here.

[MAR 24] Let's move on to Johnnyswim. Guess what? They are hitting the road again! (Which is absolutely NO surprise to anyone who follows Johnnyswim.  They do love the road!  LOL)  Let me give you the link to the Facebook video where they teased the announcement of the dates. (You want watch that because Joaquin  makes a guest appearance in that.  LOL) Then the following day they listed cities and dates in another video. They've got shows almost every day from August 10 to October 7 all over the USA. If they are coming to your city, grab some tickets when they become available. Johnnyswim puts on a GREAT show!

[MAR 24] In Bruce Sudano news, listed their "10 Disco-Country Songs We Can't Stop Dancing To." They included Starting Over Again which as you all know was written by Bruce and Donna. (And it's always fun to hear Bruce talk about how Donna contributed to that song.  LOL)

[MAR 24] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's start with Donna doing Starting over Again on the Tonight Show.  Then we have a stampyourfeet video for A Song For You/How Great Thou Art, another stampyourfeet video for Let It Be, Worth The Wait live,  Any Way At All on The Tonight Show, and Heaven's Just A Whisper Away live at the Apollo.

[MAR 17] Happy St. Patrick's Day all!  So you know we have to start with the musical again. (Can you believe it's opening in just a couple of weeks?) First up is an article in Broadway News explaining why the cast is predominantly female - including some women who play male roles. (Short answer - to create more roles for women on Broadway and to honor Donna's "central mission" of female empowerment. )

[MAR 17] We also have 2 new TV commercials for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.  Now I haven't seen them on TV yet - but that may be because I'm not watching the right channels lately.  Neither ad says much about the show - but that's in line with other musical ads I have seen lately.  Here is the first ad, and here is the second.

[MAR 17] was at the March 8 preview of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.  There is an article, but it talks more about Donna than about the musical. It even explains what happened with that sitcom Donna was talking about making  around 1989 or so. (I think she mentioned it in her interview with Arsenio Hall if I recall.)

[MAR 17] Moving on to the land of remixes - our own Summer2k (who now uses the name DJ Moch) got his hands on the original stems for Bad Girls and has used them to build his Epic 12" Disco Remix.  This is not your typical fan mix where the mixer has to work with or around what was already there. He got all the separate pieces so he could do anything he wanted to with them - like the pros get to.  It's amazing - go check it out! :-)  I also want to mention that DJ Moch has said that he did this mix as "a tribute to Donna and her amazing musical legacy." He also revisited his old One Of A Kind mix and incorporated some of the new vocals that turned up in the new John Morales mix.

[MAR 17] The Guardian recently posted an article called, "Readers recommend playlist: Songs with sudden changes."  In the Dance section of the playlist you will spot a familiar diva with On The Radio.

[MAR 17]  In the land of auctions, one of Donna's old Casablanca contracts was up for auction late last year.  It didn't sell (probably because none of US knew about it then) but you can still see the listing with a couple of pages.

[MAR 17] Bruce Sudano fans - he's posted another video from his recent concert. This one is the end of Ball Of Confusion where Bruce is joined by Pepe Cardona (froma Alive N Kickin'), Eddie Hokenson (from the Brooklyn Dreams) and of course Randy Mitchell from The Candyman Band and from Donna's band.) AT the moment, Bruce is hanging around Brooklyn while he records some new tracks.  :-)

[MAR 17] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's start off with another DJ Moch mix. This one is Netherlands - Donna vs. Dan Fogelberg. Then we have Donna's interview on The Arsenio Hall Show. (Yes, I remembered correctly - this is the interview where she talks about the sitcom.) Now let's just go into YouTube freefall and see what comesup. We have a 2004 UK interview plugging The Journey,  Nathan's 2008 tour video,  and his clip of Donna singing La Dolce Vita on a plane in 2009., a fan video for Adonai, and another one for Valley Of The Moon.  And then just for fun, let's bring back the clip of Donna with Barry Manilow fooling around with Could It Be Magic.  :-)

[MAR 11] Greetings all! Well, you know we have to start with Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.  As you probably know, the show is currently in rehearsal and the press was in to do a little filming recently.  So you will want to check out this short clip on YouTube with a bit of the music.  Then there is a video at with interviews with various people associated with the production - even Bruce. (If you use an ad blocker, you may have to turn it off to get the video to play.) has photos from the rehearsal,  and has video of MacArthur Park.

[MAR 11] in remix news, John Morales has reworked the MacArthur Park Suite.  You can hear it as part of the John Morales M&M mix starting at about 27:30.  (Sorry - there are some vocal watermarks over the track here and there that are pretty distracting.) Oh, and I left out the best part - EXTRA vocals in One Of A Kind!  :-) Crack open that vault!  LOL

[MAR 11] Moving on you Bruce - as you know he has a couple of recent performances including a headlining event where he sneaked in a couple of surprises.  Some of those  have made it to his Facebook page.  :-)  He's got the new song Forbidden Fruit with Dina Regine, the new song Walking Down The Road with Mike Montali, and the not quite so new song Bad Girls with Eddie Hokenson.  :-)

[MAR 11] I think that brings us to YouTube.  And since MacArthur Park has popped up a couple of times in the news this week, let's start with that.  This version is live at the Today Show in 1999. Then we have She Works Hard For The Money live in 2008,  and Friends Unknown from some TV appearance.  Then let's do a couple of deep cuts - Freedom, a clip of the unreleased song Addiction,  a clip of another unreleased song, Half The Battle, and the unreleased Ordinary Girl song, Begin Again.

[MAR 4] Happy Oscar Sunday all! It's a new month so it's time for the new Summer Fever Pick. This month, I Remember Yesterday.

[MAR 4] Since it's Oscar night, let's start with some movie news. Thank God It's Friday is coming out on Blu-Ray as a special 40th anniversary edition on May 1.  You can pre-order now at places like Amazon. It looks like it's just the film with no extras. The disc is being put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, and you can see full details on the release there.

[MAR 4] Moving on to the musical - the box office for the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is now open! So if you are in NYC and still need tickets, you can just stop off at the theater and get tickets while admiring Donna on the marquee!  And if you head to Instagram, you can see a couple of pics from rehearsals.

[MAR 4] Moving on to Quincy Jones. No he hasn't said anything new about Donna, Michael Jackson, or anyone else he talked about in recent interviews.  What he has done is apologize for his recent "wordvomit" after an intervention from his family. Apparently his daughters took him aside and told him to cool it, and he's taken that to heart.

[MAR 4] Bruce fans - don't forget he's playing City Vineyard in NYC on Tuesday. If you are in the area, stop in and enjoy the show!

[MAR 4] I think that brings us to YouTube. Since it's Oscar night - let's do some movie music.  Let's start with Donna's 2 appearances on the Oscar telecast singing Papa Can You Hear Me (originally sung by Barbra Streisand in the movie Yentl) and Last Dance (from Thank God It's Friday).  And, of course, Paul Jabara picked up the Oscar for writing Last Dance.  Then we have Down Deep Inside (Theme From The Deep), The Power Of One (from Pokemon 2000),  Whenever There Is Love (from Daylight),  Romeo (from Flashdance),  Highway Runner from Fast Times At Ridgemont High), On The Radio (from Little Foxes), and Hot Stuff (from The Full Monty).

[FEB 25] Greetings all! Yes we are starting with the musical again! has an interview with "Diva Donna", LaChanze. There is even a YouTube interview on the bottom of that page.  :-)

[FEB 25] In the land of remixes. there is a new one for Sometimes Like Butterflies. The  only trouble is, only a clip is available to play. It's a minute and a half, but it will make you long for the rest! You can check that out on the Reservoir Media Management website.

[FEB 25]  DNA Magazine is holding an online poll for  Favorite Old School Diva.  You  have a choice  of 5 worthy contenders and as of this writing Diana Ross has the lead with Donna in second place.  (Cher, Bette Midler and Barbra are 3, 4 and 5.)

[FEB 25]  Bruce Sudano fans - he was  on Acoustic Cafe recently, and you can listen to the show's archives online. In it Bruce talks about (and performs) some of his recent songs.  You can also catch Bruce on Facebook with Live On The Couch #13 - a new song called Nancy Goldstein. He's also posted (from that same couch!) an invitation to come see him perform at City Vineyard at Pier 26 on March 6.  Now if that  date doesn't work for you, you can also see Bruce February 28 at City Winery in NYC with The Zombies,  March 3 at Live At Drews in Ringwood, NJ with Hollis Brown,  and March 4 at City Winery in Boston with The Zombies.  Tickets for all those dates are available through this link.

[FEB 25] I think that brings us to YouTube.  I think in honor of the Olympics, well do some Art On Ice clips. (Hey, it's Donna performing with some Olympians.  :-) ) So we have Dim All The Lights with Evgeni Plushenko,  She Works Hard For The Money with Joannie Rochette, Smile with Delobel & Schoenfelder, and La Vie En Rose with Shen & Zhao.

[FEB 18] I have to start off by offering my condolences to the people of Parkland, Fl. Another 17 kids dead for no reason at all.  More thoughts and prayers, more political debates that go nowhere, more clamor for change that won't happen - because let's face it, nothing ever really changes after these shootings. We argue for awhile, and then it's on to the next thing.   :-(  But, I would like to say that I do see a tiny silver lining to this particular tragedy. The survivors I have seen are an articulate and thoughtful bunch who are ready to speak their minds, and who will be VOTERS in a year or so.  (You hear that Congress - they will be old enough to VOTE very soon!) I see them and I see the future, and I think it just might be a bright one.  :-)

[FEB 18] On to Donna! Let's start with the musical again.  Rehearsals just started Tuesday and the full cast has been announced. The full list is on (among other places.) Over on, you can see a photo gallery of the new marquee being put up.

[FEB 18] Moving on to the infamous Quincy Jones interview I talked about last week. If you remember, in it Q claimed that Michael Jackson stole State Of Independence (the baseline anyway) for Billie Jean.  Well one positive result of this accusation is that streams of State Of Independence have increased dramatically - something like 12,000 % !! Billboard posted an article about that shortly after I did the update last weekend. Not bad for a song that is unfamiliar to most non-fans.  LOL 

[FEB 18] Now Q's claims about Michael have not been met with universal acceptance. The Jackson family is not overly happy with Q's statement. And just to throw gasoline on this fire, I found this clip on YouTube where Daryl Hall says that Michael Jackson told him that he used I Can't Go For That as the basis for the Billie Jean baseline. And there is a comparison of those 2 songs on the video as well. (Personally, Billie Jean sounds more like State Of Independence to me than it is to the Hall & Oats song - although I could be biased.  ;-)  )

[FEB 18] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's start with a 30 minute interview from 1978 that just reappeared. It's with Rona Barrett - and I'm probably showing my age if I say I remember her.  LOL Then we go to Donna's cover of Superstar for no other reason than I heard the original in the car today and remarked to my friend that Donna did an amazing cover of it.  :-) And then I think since it was Valentine's Day this week, we should do a few love songs.  And of course that means Love To Love You Baby - in this case, live in 1977. Then let's play Love's About To Change My Heart (the video), Love Is The Healer (live on The View),  and stampyourfeet's video for Sand On My Feet.  (Yes, I know it doesn't say "love" in the title, but this is DEFINITELY one of Donna's best love songs!) Oh yes, and of course we can't leave out I Feel Love (live in 2008).  :-) I am off to go watch the Olympics - go ice dancers!

[FEB 10] Happy Saturday all!  Let me start off with a quick reminder that Mary Gaines Bernard is performing tomorrow (February 11) at 12:30 PM at the South Florida Garlic Fest in John Prince Park in Lake Worth, FL. If you are in the area definitely go check that out!

[FEB 10] Moving on to Donna.... As you know Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is coming to Broadway on March 28.  Well, the sign has gone up outside the Lunt-Fontanne Theater already! If you are in NYC go take a look - the theater is at 205 W 46th. For those of us who can't go take a look in person (yet), I swiped this pic from the Facebook page for the musical:

The sign for the musical

[FEB 10] Mailings promoting the musical have also gone out. (Most new shows sent out a flyer to people who have purchased Broadway tickets in the past.)  It was very exciting to receive this in the mail today:

Flyer front  Flyer back

I imagine the next things we will be seeing are ads around the city - posters at the train stations, ads on the busses, etc.

[FEB 10] In more unusual news, Quincy Jones gave a rather interesting interview to recently that has been getting a lot of attention. How can I describe this interview? It's sort of like he has no filter - like in his mind he's thinking, "I'm 85 and I'll say whatever I want! The heck with diplomacy!"  LOL In it we find out who killed Kennedy, we hear about Marlon Brando's sex life,  we find out that Q once dated Ivanka Trump (although I would think she's kind of young for him), and we find out that Michael Jackson "stole a lot of stuff".  (Musically, that is.) And here's where Donna comes into it.  Q maintains that Michael stole State Of Independence and used it for Billie Jean. And just to be clear - we're talking about the baseline here. And this one little section of the interview has taken on a life of its own - probably because it's the one thing people can truly investigate for themselves. As a result - YouTube views for State Of Independence are way up., new videos have been posted comparing the baselines of State Of Independence and Billie Jean, and of course social media is full of discussions about the songs.  TMZ has even added fuel to the fire by finding the clip of Michael singing back up on State Of Independence. Here is one of the videos comparing the baselines so you can decide for yourself if it sounds like anything was stolen.  And no matter your opinion, make sure you read the Vulture article.  It is a very entertaining read!

[FEB 10] Tom Gilliam over at the Donna Summer Fan Club has done an interview with John Billings, formerly the bass player for Donna's band. Tom sent questions and John and his wife made a video of John answering them. The video is up on YouTube, so go see what John has to say about working with Donna. This one phrase will grab at least a few of you... "giant rolling trunk of wigs."

[FEB 10]  Bruce Sudano fans - as I mentioned last week, Bruce has a bunch of dates lined up for the next few weeks. He's really promoting his March 6 show in NYC - to the point where he keeps posting one particular photo on Facebook, but with new words added to it each time.  I feel like anybody who goes to that show should find a way to bring up that photo for a laugh. (Sigh... it's a Tuesday. I don't think I can pull that one off.)

[FEB 10] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Well, I guess in honor of the Q interview, we are going to have to start off with State of Independence. I give you the official video and a live performance from 1983. And let's do another Q/Donna track  since John Billings mentioned it - Love Is in Control the official video.  Then we have I Feel Love live 2008 and Could It Be Magic live 2009  - look for John Billings in the background.  And finally in honor of the Olympics, Stamp Your Feet live on Letterman.

[FEB 4] Happy Sunday all! First up - the play.  According to Playbill, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will open on Broadway with the same 3 women playing Donna who had the roles in La Jolla.  No word yet on casting for the rest of the parts.

[FEB 4] Speaking of the musical, one of the characters is Donna's long time fan, friend and executive assistant - Brian Edwards. has interview with him where he talks about the play among other thing.

[FEB 4] Bruce Sudano fans - catch him live on February 28 at City Winery in NYC with the Zombies, March 3 Live At Drew's in Ringwood, NJ with Hollis brown, March 4 at City Winery in Boston with the Zombies, and headlining March 6 at City Winery in NYC.  Tickets for all these events are available through this link.

[FEB 4] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's do some duets.  We have Donna with Joss Stone on VH1 for Try A Little Tenderness,  Donna with Seal for Unbreak My Heart/Crazy/On The Radio,  Donna with Liza Minnelli on Does He Love You,  Donna with Bruce Roberts on Whenever There Is Love,  and a fan video for Enough Is Enough.

[FEB 2] It's a new month so it's time for a new Summer Fever Pick. This month we explore the Four Seasons Of Love.  :-)  Oh and as for the new color scheme - if you think it looks familiar, well then you are right. I shamelessly stole it from the  promo images for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.  :-)  I'll be back later this weekend with the regular update.






Quote Of The Week:

[MAR 24]

“I hope that my life will be an example - good and bad - I hope that people can look at me and say, "You know what she did that, and I don't think I should do this." And I hope that my life will be a map for somebody else's life. And I hope the foundation that I built on, someone will not have go tear it down, but they'll be able to build upon the foundation and keep going forward, and not make the same mistakes but glean from what was done that was right."

- Donna Summer, Extra, October 2003

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