Any other Donna Summer fans?

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    Oct 07, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    An album of remixes "Love to Love You, Donna", will be released later this month (10/13). The remix of "Love to Love You, Baby" is out now. Totally awesome danceable remix by Giorgio Moroder, the man who produced most of her biggest hits.

    Are you excited to hear this album?

    What's your favorite Donna Summer song?
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    Oct 07, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Who is "Donna Other?"
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    Oct 07, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWho is "Donna Other?"


    I fixed the typo.
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    Oct 07, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    JimiB said
    Scruffypup saidWho is "Donna Other?"


    I fixed the typo.



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    Oct 07, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    Yeah, Donna Summer (regardless of her crazy anti-gay Jesus freak status), is one of my favorite female vocalists. Sunset People just puts me in a trance.
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    Oct 07, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    From Wikipedia:


    In the mid-1980s, Summer was embroiled in controversy after she allegedly made anti-gay remarks regarding the then-relatively new disease, AIDS, which as a result had a significantly negative impact on her career. Summer, by this time a born-again Christian, was alleged to have said that AIDS was a punishment from God for the immoral lifestyles of homosexuals.[11][12] Because of this alleged quote, thousands of her records were returned to her record company.[13] Years later, Summer publicly denied that she had ever made any such comment, and in a letter to the AIDS campaign group ACT UP in 1989 said it was "a terrible misunderstanding. I was unknowingly protected by those around me from the bad press and hate letters... If I have caused you pain, forgive me." She apologized for the delay in not making a response earlier and closed her letter with Bible quotes (from Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians).[14]

    Also in 1989, Summer told The Advocate magazine that "a couple of the people I write with are gay, and they have been ever since I met them. What people want to do with their bodies is their personal preference."[15] A couple of years later, she filed a lawsuit against New York magazine when it reprinted the rumors as fact just as she was about to release her album Mistaken Identity in 1991.[16] According to a Biography television program dedicated to Summer in which she participated in 1995, the lawsuit was settled out of court, though neither side was able to divulge any details.[17][18]
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    Oct 07, 2013 2:45 AM GMT

    She was one of the few truly good disco artists of her time. Listen to this song, how she goes from a very slow sad song and ramps it into a fast paced dance tune. You had to actually be able to sing and perform back then....not just wear a tight outfit and create controversy about yourself.
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    Oct 07, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidYou had to actually be able to sing and perform back then....not just wear a tight outfit and create controversy about yourself.


    True dat. Donna had a remarkable set of pipes.
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    Oct 07, 2013 8:27 AM GMT
    In the early '90s I sat near Donna Summer in the intimate audience of a performance showcase for a mutual friend, a successful and flamboyant gay songwriter who later became a pastor. She was demure and softspoken because it was his night, but was she anti-gay? No. Sadly decrepit even then (for her)? Yes.

    Speaking of "MacArthur Park," check out actor Richard Harris' 1968 version, which was released a year after he played "King Arthur" in the movie musical "Camelot" - it's a hoot!:

  • Manarii2281

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    Oct 07, 2013 9:57 AM GMT
    I go back with Donna Summer to 1977 or so at the middle towards the height of the disco era. Her Casablance Records period was probably her greatest and most memorable to me, as I was a 13 year old kid listening to Los Angeles station KIIS FM (THE disco station at the time)and wishing I was out at Osko's Disco dancing the night away. Partly made famous by that disco movie "Thank God it's Friday".

    The album "Once Upon a Time" is to me her greatest. A double record disco and ballad extravaganza where the songs go right into one another.

    Can still dance off to the Bad Girls album and is one of the best dance albums second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

    Her Anthology CD is a great retrospective of her work up to '94 or so and is a must for her fans.

    Some of my early disco favorites:
    -Love's Unkind
    -Try me I Know We Can Make It. (featured on 1977s Looking for Mr. Goodbar soundtrack with Diane Keaton and Richard Gere)
    -Could it Be Magic
    -MacArthur Park (a true vocal classic)
    -Down Deep Inside (from "The Deep")
    -On the Radio from Jodie Fosters film "Foxes".
    -Enough is Enough (duet with Barbra Streisand - man that was the biggest when it came out. EVERYBODY was doing a disco mix!)

    Anyway, like Madonna, she has too many to list and she takes me back to my era of mid 70s to mid 90s.
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    Oct 07, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    I like everything she did. Sunset People and I Feel Love oh and Hot Stuff/Bad Girls are real booty shakers. Lest I forget, the extended version of Love to Love You, Baby.
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    Oct 07, 2013 3:35 PM GMT
    Dim all the lights.I could have cried the day Donna Summer died.So sad!Nobody even knew she was ill.her music was such a part of the gay experience in the 1970's and 80's.Go Donna.The gay boys will be dancin to your songs till that big old asteroid does us in.icon_smile.gif Ryan
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    Oct 07, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    She was my first crush. I used to carry around the She Works Hard for the Money LP as a lil kid and I really fell in love with her after I saw that concert on HBO back then.
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    Oct 07, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidYeah, Donna Summer (regardless of her crazy anti-gay Jesus freak status), is one of my favorite female vocalists. Sunset People just puts me in a trance.

    Knowing people who know her and having met her later, after that deep dive into "Christianity", she saw the error of her ways and became Christian instead of A Christian. She'll always be a fav, both her music and also the association we both have with a lifetime of enjoyable events when her music was the soundtrack. Can't wait to add the new remixes to our library.
  • rac4437

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    Oct 08, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    Carry On! icon_smile.gif RIP Donna Summer!
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    Oct 08, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    She ruined it all for me after the bitch turned on us...even after she apologized. I just couldn't listen without hearing hate.
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    Oct 08, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    Donna Summer is my favorite female vocalist. "I Feel Love" is my favorite. It's perfect.

    As for the anti-gay rumors, I read an account of either someone who was there or the friend of someone who was there, and that Donna Summer was asked by a fan in a small gathering to pray for him because he was dying. Since Donna was born again, whatever she said about god was misunderstood as an association with the religious right that was entering politics at the time.

    She gave the guy a hug. If Donna had said something anti-gay and said AIDS was god's punishment, I doubt the person asking for the prayer would have given her a hug. The rumor was likely started by someone in the crowd who twisted her born again status as to meaning that she's a homophobe.

    To end my post on a higher note, I'm glad to see that she still topped the dance charts until the end. I'm a Fire, Stamp Your Feet, Fame (The Game), and To Paris With Love I believe went #1.
  • Hothouse

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    Oct 08, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    Donna has always been one of my favorites. I get in the mood to hear her music and have to have it. MacArthur Park is my favorite, the 17+ minute version.

    I've heard a couple of the re-mixes online and will be looking forward to the new album. I read it would be out 10/22.
  • BlackRussian1...

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    Oct 08, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    I'm a fan apart from all the christian nonsense she got into later. That said, "Could It Be Magic" and "Bad Girls" give me life. It's true whoever said it above: her music (a lot of it by the legendary Giorgio Moroder) really was ahead of its time if you really listen to what's going on in the songs. To be young, hot, and in a disco full of people listening to "Love to love you" and high as the stars. Ahh.
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    Oct 09, 2013 12:37 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidShe ruined it all for me after the bitch turned on us...even after she apologized. I just couldn't listen without hearing hate.


    Ms. Summer denied making anti-gay statements. I believe her. In the 1980's and 1990's many people, myself included, said some shitty things about gays. HIV/AIDS was killing gay men like Raid kills roaches. It was terrifying. I can forgive Ms. Summer even if she said was she allegedly said.

    I reserve my venom for that rat-bastard, Jacques Morali who's "disco" group continues to make money exploiting gay stereotypes.
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    Oct 09, 2013 1:28 AM GMT
    On The Radio is my favorite...
    She performed a few years ago at Gay Disney.. It was outdoors and it was raining as they held an umbrella over her head..The huge audience was mesmerized and no one left, even though their hairdo's were getting wet..
    a night to remember
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    Oct 09, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    funbud8 saidOn The Radio is my favorite...
    She performed a few years ago at Gay Disney.. It was outdoors and it was raining as they held an umbrella over her head..The huge audience was mesmerized and no one left, even though their hairdo's were getting wet..
    a night to remember

    6 years ago right? Thought you looked familiar! Just kidding about the looking familiar part.

    She was a mesmerizing performer. RIP Miss Gaines.
  • An0n12

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    Oct 09, 2013 2:32 AM GMT
    I'm a Donna Noble fan, does that count?