Donna Summer: She could sing anything, anywhere, with anyone, at any time.
[MAR 26] Greetings all! First of all , a shout out to the
city of London. I don't know what possessed someone to launch a terror
attack there. I thought it was pretty much common knowledge that
(like the meme says) Londoners just Keep Calm and Carry On.
[MAR 26] On to chart news..l. well, there isn't any. :-( Both
Enough Is Enough and On The Radio fell off the charts for the week of
[MAR 26] Let's take a quick trip to Soundcloud where we can find Junior
Vasquez's unreleased mix of
My Life. (Go listen - there are some alternate lyrics used!)
And then some crazy fan with a website ;-) was going through some
old concert tapes and happened to find Donna and her girls singing
Part Of Your World live at Jones Beach (in the rain no less.) I
actually posted it a couple of weeks ago and forgot to put it on an
[MAR 26] In the category of strange things you find on the
internet - there is a group called Twenty Sixty Six And Then - or
perhaps I should use the past tense because it was only active in the
very early 70s. It was based in Germany and one of the members of this
band was Veit Marvos. That would be the same Veit Marvos who
was know to use a young vocalist who later became Donna Summer.
Some of Twenty Sixty Six And Then's music is up on YouTube, and our old
buddy Wolfgang happened upon
this little treasure. If you jump ahead to about the 3 and a
half minute mark, you just might hear a familiar background vocalist.
[MAR 26] Let's move on to Johnnyswim. They are on tour (of course - they
seem to never stop touring! LOL) And for a little while they have
a very familiar opening act - Bruce Sudano. Now if you have
Facebook, there is a little clip of the 3 of them doing a cover of
On The Road Again. Johnnyswim also posted a couple of Facebook
live videos this week from their appearances on
92.5 in Massachusetts and
106.1 in Charlottesville.
[MAR 26] There are also a couple of new articles out there to
promote Johnnyswim's tour.
Liberty University posted one,
ShelbyStar.com has one,
Voice Online has one, and
CityBeat has one.
[MAR 26] On to YouTube! This week I think I will focus on 1999 and
I will tell you why in a minute. First the clips. First up is
This Morning with an interview and I Will Go With You. Then we have
Live & More Encore medley from German TV, I Will Go With You
Musica Si, Donna (and fans!) on
The View, and then on
the View again later in 1999, and finally the VH1 Live & More
part 1 and
[MAR 26] So about 1999... as you guys know, every year I do a Walk
to fight MS at this time of year. And you guys are always very
generous. :-) But I have a little incentive to
donations. I mentioned above that I have been going through
some old concert tapes I have. One gem I found was from 1999. I have
pulled 3 tracks off of that tape and will put them on Soundcloud at
various times during the fundraising process. They are Carry On,
Different Road (written by Bruce and never recorded by Donna), and Be
Rich from Ordinary Girl. They were all recorded live in Atlantic
City - and as such have the usual issues you would expect from covert
concert recordings - crowd noise, etc. When I get my first $500, I will
post the first track. :-) (And yeah, I know money is
tight... so eventually I will post all 3, donations or not. It's just
that donations will speed things up!)
[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
[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
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,
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
The Radio from the 1980 TV Special,
Enough Is Enough with Westlife, a
medley of 70s hits,
Love You live on the Tonight Show, and finally some
demos of Enough is Enough:
version 2 and an
[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
My condolences to their families, friends and fans. Both will be greatly
[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
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
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
Love On And On,
That's The Way It Is from The Journey),
Someday (the original version),
Got Your Love, and then a couple of mixes from our late friend
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
[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
[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
[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
[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
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
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
[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
Paris With Love, then
Don't Cry For Me Argentina because
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
[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
[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,
Love You from the Tonight Show,
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. :-)
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