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Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)

Joe Offer 17 May 12 - 07:25 PM
Bernard 17 May 12 - 07:44 PM
gnu 17 May 12 - 07:58 PM
Bat Goddess 17 May 12 - 08:29 PM
ChanteyLass 17 May 12 - 09:30 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 17 May 12 - 11:24 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 May 12 - 11:33 PM
fat B****rd 18 May 12 - 03:25 AM
alanabit 18 May 12 - 03:42 AM
Will Fly 18 May 12 - 04:09 AM
GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser) 18 May 12 - 06:02 AM
Bernard 18 May 12 - 06:44 AM
glueman 18 May 12 - 07:23 AM
s&r 18 May 12 - 07:48 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 18 May 12 - 08:37 AM
GUEST,highlandman at work 18 May 12 - 01:51 PM
Bernard 18 May 12 - 02:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 19 May 12 - 12:18 AM
Sandy Mc Lean 19 May 12 - 01:19 AM
GUEST,Clive Pownceby 19 May 12 - 08:25 AM
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Subject: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 May 12 - 07:25 PM

As I checked into my hotel tonight, I saw on the television screen that disco queen Donna Summer died of cancer Thursday May 17, at the age of 63. I've always hated myself for enjoying her music, because I like to think I'm too cool for disco. But I remember driving the streets of Bakersfield in the late 1970's, listening to Donna Summer on the radio and thinking that her music somehow lightened the pain of being in Bakersfield. I don't go to Bakersfield very often these days, but I think of her every time I drive down certain streets in Bakersfield.

May she rest in peace.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Bernard
Date: 17 May 12 - 07:44 PM

Hear, hear, Joe... such a shame.

RIP Donna.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: gnu
Date: 17 May 12 - 07:58 PM

Me too. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 May 12 - 08:29 PM

I've only been to Bakersfield once in my life (mid-70s), but, Joe, I understand...

Her music, as I remember it, was upbeat and eminently listenable, though not to my usual taste.

63 is way too young...(I'll be 63 in a couple weeks).

Linn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 17 May 12 - 09:30 PM

I agree: way too young. I am 63. I also agree that the music wasn't what I liked, but it appealed to many people. I understand that the steady beat made it easy to dance to.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 17 May 12 - 11:24 PM

I heard it on the 'Breaking news' today...I was going to post, when I heard it. Donna was a friend, who we met through her sound engineers. She even gave us her cat, a tortoise shell Persian, named 'Charlemagne'. Steve and Jurgen worked with her at Rusk Sound Studios in Hollywood, on Sunset. I've got some cool stories, one, I may have posted on here, not too long ago.
Truly a good person, screwed around by her label, and a true talent. she also played several instruments.
We may be offline for a few days, in attendance...just waiting to here.
Her real name was Ladonna Day.

GfS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 May 12 - 11:33 PM

Didn't she do some interesting duets back in the day? I seem to remember one with Barbara Streisand. She had a good voice and her music was always fun to listen to. Learning of her death was a shock this morning, as others have said, she was way too young.

LA Times obit.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: fat B****rd
Date: 18 May 12 - 03:25 AM

A great shame. I always liked 'Dinner With Gershwin'.
RIP Miss Summer


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: alanabit
Date: 18 May 12 - 03:42 AM

I was not a fan at all, but it is often interesting to read what kind words people can write about someone who has departed. I did not know that she played instruments, for instance. In her obit last night I read that she spoke fluent German - which not everyone who comes here to work takes the trouble to do. Just because I did not like her music, it does not mean that I could not have liked her as a person. I had always thought of her as a disco diva, but now a portrait of a more substantial - and likeable person is emerging.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 May 12 - 04:09 AM

"I Feel Love" was a hypnotic record - cool, sexy, right up front. I never followed her career or bought any of her records, but "I Feel Love" was unique. A great performer.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 18 May 12 - 06:02 AM

No-one's too cool for Disco!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Bernard
Date: 18 May 12 - 06:44 AM

Still looking good not very long ago... perhaps a little 'chunkier' than her heyday, and perhaps moving more carefully... but the cheeky grin is instantly recognisable!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: glueman
Date: 18 May 12 - 07:23 AM

Great performer. Her work with Georgio Moroder stands up three decades on. RIP Donna.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: s&r
Date: 18 May 12 - 07:48 AM

I'm with you on 'I feel love' Will - one of the few records I listened to on headphones because it was so hypnotic you needed to exclude everything else.

Stu


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 18 May 12 - 08:37 AM

Her work with Georgio Moroder wasn't just great disco,
it was a monumental game changing evolution in music cultural history...

Itr was a musical 'Big Bang'

Two universes, European electronic art music and US Soul, suddenly collided together
and human existence improved forever...

Now that's what I call Disco..


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: GUEST,highlandman at work
Date: 18 May 12 - 01:51 PM

No fan of disco here at all, but I can't deny she had enormous talent and an amazing voice. I really did like her later music that drew away from basic disco.
And as time went on she showed that she was a class lady in many ways. Too young indeed -- may she rest in peace and may the best of her legacy live on.
-Glenn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Bernard
Date: 18 May 12 - 02:14 PM

Well said, Glenn!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 May 12 - 12:18 AM

Fresh Air with Terry Gross played an interview she did with Summer a few years ago. Very nice. Fresh Air Remembers Donna Summer, Queen of Disco. She describes how she recorded "I Feel Love."

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 19 May 12 - 01:19 AM

I'm not a fan of disco either but may she rest in peace! I hate to see anyone go younger than myself. I was in Bakersfield a few days ago, far from home and stopping overnight. My hotel was next to Buck Owens music bar and I had hoped to find some "real country music" there but the band was pushing out a modern country sound so I didn't stay. It was probably closer to Donna's disco than to Buck or the Hag.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: GUEST,Clive Pownceby
Date: 19 May 12 - 08:25 AM

Her 'Another Place And Time' album of the late '80s, - a Stock, Aitken, Waterman production was and still is, one of the great all-time feelgood recordings. It lifts the spirit, and what about 'On The Radio?' - a majestic storyline, delivered with feeling! She was so much more than that Queen Of Disco branding. I am saddened by her passing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 19 May 12 - 12:36 PM

Listening to her sing was a guilty pleasure for me as I was a blues basher and firmly in the anti-disco camp in the 70's but couldn't resist her voice. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Donna Summer (1948-2012)
From: GUEST,CS
Date: 19 May 12 - 12:47 PM

Echo sentiments of Glueman & Punkfolkrocker. Fabulous pioneer Disco queen, albeit somewhat anxiously initially. Modern music wouldn't be what it is today without those early works - which irrespective of developments - remain as wonderful today as they were back in the day.


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