Sam Smith Covers Donna Summer Classic ‘I Feel Love’

Sam Smith (photo: Aria Shahrokhshahi)

Four-time Grammy Award winner Sam Smith has released a cover of the 1977 Donna Summer dance classic, “I Feel Love.”

“As a queer person ‘I feel love’ has followed me to every dance floor in every queer space from the minute I started clubbing,” the non-binary/genderqueer artist wrote on their Instagram. “This song to me is an anthem of our community and it was an honour and most importantly so much fun to have a go at it. Highest song I’ve ever fucking sang. But a joy. I hope you all like it xx”

Take a listen below.

And, of course, how could I touch the subject without referencing the oh-so-awesome original version by our diva, Miss Summer? Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, the track (considered the first electronic dance hit) was a Top 10 smash in the US and went all the way to #1 in the UK, Australia, and other countries.

News Round-Up: December 20, 2017

Some news items you might have missed:

• Sexy Santa? I got your Sexy Santa right here thanks to the above selfie from Alex Abramov 😉

• Get ready to disco down as Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is now heading for the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway with previews beginning March 28 with an April 23 opening night! From the same team that brought us the blockbuster Jersey Boys.

• Republican Gov. Chris Christie says Donald Trump Jr. totally “deserves the scrutiny” he’s getting regarding the ongoing Russian election interference probe. He recently told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace, “He was involved in the transition and involved in meetings that call into question his role. And the facts will determine that ultimately.”

• Former pop-tart Aaron Carter says he’s ready to embrace his bisexuality.

• Eminem says he’s found dates on dating apps like Grindr and Tinder.

• A massive fire at a five-star hotel in Scotland took the lives of a gay travel writer and his boyfriend.

• Hump Day Bonus!

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Grammy Museum to unveil new exhibition “Donna Summer: Four Seasons of Love”

Fans of classic 70s and 80s pop/rock/dance music – mark your calendars!

On July 2, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum will unveil its latest temporary exhibition Donna Summer: Four Seasons of Love.

Located on the Museum’s fourth floor, the exhibition will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic career of 5-time Grammy Award-winner Donna Summer. This will be the first exhibition highlighting the career of the legendary “Queen of Disco.”

“Donna Summer galvanized a diverse group of music fans and she was able to give credibility to a genre of music that had many skeptics,” said GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli. “We are honored to tell her story and help demonstrate why Donna Summer is not only the undisputed ‘Queen of Disco,’” but also one of the most successful female artists of all time.”

On display through Spring 2015, the exhibit, (produced by client relations rep Brian Edwards and Summer’s son-in-law Rick Dohler) will feature gowns, costumes, set design sketches, handwritten lyrics and notes, rare and never-before-seen photos, hand-painted pieces from Summer’s Fine Arts Collection and much more from the Donna Summer estate.

With a career that spanned decades and musical genres, Donna Summer holds the record for most consecutive double albums to hit #1 on the Billboard charts (3) and first female to have four #1 singles in a 12 month period; three as a solo artist and one as a duo with Barbra Streisand.

Donna Summer was the first artist to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female (1979, “Hot Stuff”) as well as the first-ever recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording (1997, “Carry On”).

In 2004, she became one of the first inductees, as both an Artist Inductee and a Record Inductee into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City.

Most recently, Summer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on April 18, 2013, less than a year after her death on May 17, 2012.

The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district.

(via press release)

#1 on Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1979 – “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer

#1 song this weekend on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts in 1979: Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand “No More Tears (Enough is Enough) – becoming the 4th career #1 song for each lady and one of the most successful duets of all-time.

With sales of over one million copies, it was also the first 12-inch single ever certified gold.

In addition, the standard 7-inch version was eventually certified platinum with sales in excess of two million copies.

(via EnterMissThang)

New “must-read” – ENTER MISS THANG by Brian Edwards

ENTER MISS THANG by Brian Edwards

For over thirty years, Brian Edwards has enjoyed an enormously successful career in the entertainment industry as a celebrity talent executive, producer and writer. He has worked closely with such celebrities as Donna Summer, Vanessa Williams, Susan Sarandon, Shirley Jones and Whoopi Goldberg.

In addition to client relations, Edwards served as a talent executive and talent producer for three Emmy Award-winning shows.

Now, you can add the title of “author” to Edwards long list of accomplishments.

 In Enter Miss Thang, his new memoir tracing his amazing road to success, Edwards shares in his very unique voice the “how, why and what” that led to taking on and succeeding at just about every challenge possible in the world of entertainment.  And it’s a star-studded road, to be sure.

The foreword of the book is by none other than Joan Rivers herself. Of Edwards, she writes “Despite various obstacles, minor setbacks, and challenges, as you will read in this book, Brian’s thirty-year career in the field of entertainment has afforded him many opportunities as a client relations rep, producer, writer, and even a surprisingly good occasional performer and along with that a host of accolades and industry awards to boot. But to those of us who know him well, his loyalty as a friend is perhaps the most rewarding achievement of all.”

And in the introduction – penned by the one and only Cindy Crawford – Miss Cindy writes, “Let’s start off by saying he’s a well-respected veteran in the field of celebrity client relations, a multi-award winning talent executive / producer, a writer and recently a Social Media Maven. That begins to sum up the business side of Brian Edwards. On a personal level, add to that someone whose Southern charm, incomparable kindness, loyalty and unwavering support of the enter- tainment industry and those in it, is what places him notches above the rest.”

The book is a fabulous romp through the career – highs and lows – of a man who has literally done it all in the world of show business. His career has led to campaigning for honors on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; serving as manager of celebrity talent to television networks American Movie Classics (AMC) and WE: Women’s Entertainment; and working side by side with some of the biggest names in Hollywood – Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Williams and legendary talent agent Sam Haskell — all of whom Edwards considers close, personal friends and confidantes.

In 2012, the International Press Academy honored Edwards with the Satellite Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Entertainment, making him only the third recipient of this honor in the academy’s history.

Along the way, his work with major stars has earned their respect and, more so, their friendship. Award-winning actress and recording star Vanessa Williams writes of Edwards, “With a heart of gold laced with profound generosity, Brian is the perfect example of a true friend — and to so many. Enter Miss Thang is his story, filled with humor and passion for his work and the people he loves the most. A diva indeed, but it’s a title he’s definitely earned by managing to survive almost thirty years in Hollywood, cushioned by intelligence, flamboyance, gut instinct, loyalty, and, most of all, his sense of humor.”

I expected Enter Miss Thang to be fun and funny. And it is – a true reflection of it’s author. What I didn’t expect was the inspiration Edwards provides throughout his journey. In a world of “but I can’t” and “but how do I,” Edwards chronicles a spirit of determination and courage that gets things done one way or another. If he didn’t know how to approach an obstacle, he made his own way. If he made a misstep, he self-corrected. Over and over, with a lot of humor, he shows an original “can-do” attitude that “does.”

I highly recommend this book. You’ll laugh, you’ll be impressed, and you’ll be inspired by a guy who continues to make his own way through the rocky world of show biz.

WITH a “2 piece and a biscuit” at his side.

Check out the book on Amazon by clicking here.

Remix record celebrating the legend of Donna Summer – “Love To Love You Donna”

Singer/songwriter/pop culture icon and 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Donna Summer rocketed to international superstardom in the mid-1970s, when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacle of sales and radio charts around the world.

On October 22, Verve Records will release LOVE TO LOVE YOU DONNA, a remix record celebrating her life and voice.

Highlights from LOVE TO LOVE YOU DONNA include the legendary producer Giorgio Moroder’s entirely re-imagined version of “Love to Love You Baby,” originally recorded in November of 1975; Afrojack’s take on “I Feel Love,” and indie electro artists Hot Chip’s interpretation of “Sunset People.”

Also included are remixes of “Hot Stuff” by Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kuppe, Laidback Luke’s remix of “MacArthur Park” and more.

The album will be available for pre-order on iTunes September 10.

The track listing for LOVE TO LOVE YOU DONNA is:
1. Love To Love You Baby (Giorgio Moroder feat. Chris Cox Remix)
2. Dim The Lights (Duke Dumont Remix)
3. Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper as Director’s Cut Signature Mix)
4.I Feel Love (Afrojack Remix)
5.Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) [Chromeo & Oliver Remix]
6.Sunset People (Hot Chip Dub)
7.Working The Midnight Shift (Holy Ghost! Remix)
8. Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix)
9. MacArthur Park (Laidback Luke Remix)
10.I Feel Love (Benga Remix)
11.On The Radio (Jacques Greene Remix)
12.Last Dance (Masters at Work Remix Short Version)
13. La Dolce Vita by Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder

(via press release)

Donna Summer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – finally

This past Thursday, April 18, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Donna Summer was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Finally. And deservedly.

Summer’s family — husband singer-songwriter and producer Bruce Sudano; their two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda; and daughter Mimi from her first marriage — posted a message on her website,

“We are overjoyed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has recognized Donna’s tremendous musical achievements. It’s an honor we know she quietly hoped for and would very much cherish. We are deeply grateful.”

Brian Edwards, Summer’s assistant from 1989 to 1995, and her client relations representative for the last seven years of her life, shared his thoughts on the long-overdue induction:

“Donna was more than just ‘the Queen of Disco,’ ” Edwards wrote in an email. “Yes, her introduction to stardom was a result of her major successes in the field of disco at the time. However, her career encompassed so many different musical genres, including R&B, gospel, pop, jazz and pure rock and roll.”

And Edwards wasn’t done defending the artist who won the very first Grammy for rock vocal performance by a female for 1979’s “Hot Stuff.”

“No disrespect to Madonna, but given the majority of her hit records are pop/dance-oriented, no one said anything when she was inducted [into the Rock Hall],” Edwards wrote. “And she has NEVER even been nominated for a Grammy in the rock [vocal] category, yet she shares the same distinction as Summer as a recipient of a Grammy in the best dance recording category.”

The Dance Recording category was introduced in 1997, and the first winner was – Donna Summer.

“The facts speak for themselves,” the ever-loyal Edwards wrote. “In my opinion, Donna Summer is more of a true rock artist than Madonna will ever be.”

2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

What: The Class of 2013 will be inducted in the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame.

Randy Newman
Public Enemy
Donna Summer
Albert King

Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Lou Adler
Quincy Jones

Daughter Brooklyn Sudano, Client Relations rep Brian Edwards and husband Bruce Sudano

Super model Cindy Crawford, Client Relations rep Brian Edwards and Summer’s longtime manager Susan Munao
on the red carpet of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

All smiles on the red carpet at seeing longtime friend and client Donna Summer inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

An edited version of the show will be broadcast 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18 on HBO.