Tag: Donna Summer

Friday 3/3/23 9pm ET: Feature LP: Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money (1983)

She Works Hard for the Money is the eleventh studio album by Donna Summer, released on June 13, 1983 by Mercury Records. It was her most successful album of the decade, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and its title track became one of the biggest hits of her career and her biggest hit of the decade, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. (40th Anniversary)

  1. “She Works Hard for the Money” 5:19
  2. “Stop, Look and Listen” 5:52
  3. “He’s a Rebel” 4:22
  4. “Woman” 4:19
  5. “Unconditional Love” 4:42
  6. “Love Has a Mind of Its Own” 4:16
  7. “Tokyo” 4:15
  8. “People, People” 4:09
  9. “I Do Believe (I Fell in Love)” 4:52
  10. “She Works Hard for the Money” (Club Mix)
  11. “She Works Hard for the Money” (Instrumental)
  12. “Unconditional Love” (Club Max)
  13. “Unconditional Love” (Instrumental)

Donna Summer – vocals
Musical Youth – vocals (5)
Matthew Ward – vocals (6, 7), backing vocals
Dara Lynn Bernard, Mary Ellen Bernard, Roberta Kelly and Pamela Quinlan – backing vocals
Michael Omartian – pianos, synthesizers, guitars (2), Simmons drums (2, 5), drum programming (2), accordion (9)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizer programming
Marty Walsh – guitars (1, 7, 8), guitar solo (4)
Ray Parker Jr. – rhythm guitars (4)
Jay Graydon – guitars (6, 9)
Nathan East – bass guitar
Mike Baird – drums
John Gilston – Simmons drum programming
Lenny Castro – congas
Gary Herbig – saxophone (1, 7)
Dick Hyde – horns
Charlie Loper – horns
Chuck Findley – horns
Gary Grant – horns
Jerry Hey – horns
Assa Drori – concertmaster

Monday 1/16/23 7pm ET: Feature LP: Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby (1975)

Love to Love You Baby is the second studio album by American singer Donna Summer, released on August 27, 1975, and her first to be released internationally and in the United States. Her previous album Lady of the Night (1974) was released only in the Netherlands. The album was commercially successful, mainly because of the success of its title track, which reached number 2 on the US Pop charts despite some radio stations choosing not to play the song due to its sexually explicit nature.

On the US Billboard 200, the album peaked at number 11 and became her first top 20 studio album but also was her last until the release of I Remember Yesterday in 1977. To date, it remains one of Summer’s most successful records.

  1. “Love to Love You Baby” 16:48
  2. “Full of Emptiness” 2:22
  3. “Need-a-Man Blues” 4:30
  4. “Whispering Waves” 4:50
  5. “Pandora’s Box” 4:56
  6. “Full of Emptiness” (reprise) 2:20

Donna Summer – lead vocals
Molly Moll, Nick Woodland, Pete Bellotte – guitar
Dave King – bass guitar
Michael Thatcher – keyboards
Giorgio Moroder – keyboards, percussion
Martin Harrison – drums
Franz Deuber – string session
Bernie Brocks – percussion
Lucy, Betsy, Gitta – backing vocals

Friday 11/4/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Donna Summer – Live and More (1978)

Live and More is the first live album recorded by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer, and it was her second double album, released on August 28, 1978 by Casablanca Records. The live concert featured on the first three sides of this double album was recorded in the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California in 1978.

  1. “Once Upon a Time” 3:03
  2. “Fairy Tale High” 2:20
  3. “Faster and Faster to Nowhere” 2:09
  4. “Spring Affair” 2:34
  5. “Rumour Has It” 2:34
  6. “I Love You” 3:38
  7. “Only One Man” 2:06
  8. “I Remember Yesterday” 3:52
  9. “Love’s Unkind” 2:37
  10. “The Man I Love”/”I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)”/”Some of These Days” 6:25
  11. “The Way We Were” 3:23
  12. “Mimi’s Song” 4:28
  13. “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It” 4:14
  14. “Love to Love You Baby” 3:34
  15. “I Feel Love” 6:56
  16. “Last Dance” 5:32
  17. “MacArthur Park”/”One of a Kind”/”Heaven Knows”/”MacArthur Park (Reprise)” (MacArthur Park Suite) 17:47

Donna Summer – vocals
Keith Forsey – drums
Richard Adelman – drums
Sal Guglielmi – bass
Ken Park – percussion
Bob Conti – percussion
Peter Woodford – rhythm guitar
Mike Warren – lead guitar
Doug Livingston – keyboards
Virgil Weber – synthesizer
Greg Mathieson – Moog synthesizer, clavinet
Bobby Shew – trumpet
Rich Cooper – trumpet
Dalton Smith – trumpet
Bruce Paulson – trombone
Bob Payne – trombone
Dick “Slide” Hyde – bass trombone
Dick Spencer – alto saxophone
Don Menza – tenor saxophone
Joe Romano – baritone saxophone
John Santulis – concertmaster, violins
Pauel Farkas – violins
Mari Tsumura – violins
Teri Schoebrua – violins
Jay Rosen – violins
Lya Stern – violins
Leonard Selic – viola
Alfred Barr – viola
Victor Sazer – cello
Robert Adcock – cello

Thursday 11/3/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday (1977)

I Remember Yesterday is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer. It was released on May 13, 1977, seven months after the release of her previous album. Like her previous three albums, it was a concept album, this time seeing Summer combining the recent disco sound with various sounds of the past. I Remember Yesterday includes the singles “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)”, “I Feel Love”, the title track, “Love’s Unkind” and “Back in Love Again”. “I Feel Love” and “Love’s Unkind” proved to be the album’s most popular and enduring hits, the former of which came to be one of Summer’s signature songs.

The album was recorded in Munich at Musicland Studios and Arco Studios with Summer’s long-term collaborators and production team headed by producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Arrangements were handled by Thor Baldursson. The artwork was designed by Gribbitt! with photography by Victor Skrebneski.

  1. “I Remember Yesterday” 4:45
  2. “Love’s Unkind” 4:29
  3. “Back in Love Again” 3:54
  4. “I Remember Yesterday (Reprise)” 3:02
  5. “Black Lady” 3:47
  6. “Take Me” 5:03
  7. “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)” 4:25
  8. “I Feel Love” 5:53

Donna Summer – lead vocals
Giorgio Moroder, Robby Wedel – Moog synthesizer
Thor Baldursson – keyboards, Moog bass, Moog synthesizer
Geoff Barstow, Mats Björklund – guitar
Les Hurdle – bass
Keith Forsey – drums, percussion
Benny Gebauer, Dino Solera, Franco Taormina, Hanus Berka, Hermann Breuer, James Polivka, Lee Harper, Rudi Füssers – brass
Brooklyn Dreams, Dani McCormick, Marti McCall, Pattie Brooks, Petsye Powell – background vocals

Monday 9/19/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Donna Summer – The Wanderer (1980)

The Wanderer is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer. It was released on October 20, 1980. The inaugural release of the Geffen Records label, it became a Top 20 album in the United States, with the title track reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  1. “The Wanderer” 3:47
  2. “Looking Up” 3:57
  3. “Breakdown” 4:08
  4. “Grand Illusion” 3:54
  5. “Running for Cover” 4:01
  6. “Cold Love” 3:38
  7. “Who Do You Think You’re Foolin'” 4:18
  8. “Nightlife” 4:00
  9. “Stop Me 3:44
  10. “I Believe in Jesus” 3:37

Donna Summer – lead vocals
Harold Faltermeyer, Sylvester Levay – keyboards,
Steve Lukather, Jeff Baxter, Tim May – guitar
Les Hurdle, John Pierce, Lee Sklar – bass
Keith Forsey – drums, percussion
Gary Herbig – Sax Solo
Trevor Veitch – Musical Contractor
Bill Champlin, Tom Kelley, Carmen Grillo background vocals

Thursday 6/30/22 9:30pm ET: Feature LP: Donna Summer – Anthology (1993)

The Donna Summer Anthology is a double compilation album by the American singer Donna Summer, released by Polygram Records in 1993. The compilation featured the majority of Summer’s best known songs right from the start of her success to the present day. Summer had originally made her name during the disco era in the 1970s and in the decade that followed had experimented with different styles. Most of the tracks on this compilation are the original album versions of the songs, which were sometimes edited down for their release as a single. Included for the first time are two remixed tracks from her then previously unreleased I’m a Rainbow album, which had been recorded in 1981 but had been shelved by her record company at the time. The album also featured the Giorgio Moroder-penned and produced song “Carry On”‘, marking the first time Summer and Moroder had worked together since 1981. Summer and Moroder, together with Pete Bellotte had written the vast majority of her 1970s disco hits. Four years later, “Carry On” would be remixed and become a big dance hit. It also won Summer a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, her first win since 1984 and her fifth win in total.

“Love to Love You Baby” 3:21
“Could It Be Magic” 3:54
“Try Me, I Know We Can Make It” 4:46
“Spring Affair” 4:02
“Love’s Unkind” 4:26
“I Feel Love” 5:51
“Once Upon a Time” 4:00
“Rumour Has It” 4:54
“I Love You” 4:41
“Last Dance” 8:08
“MacArthur Park” 6:25
“Heaven Knows” 3:52
“Hot Stuff” 3:44
“Bad Girls” 4:56
“Dim All the Lights” 4:23
“Sunset People” 6:24

“No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” 8:08
“On the Radio” 4:01
“The Wanderer” 3:45
“Cold Love” 3:38
“I’m a Rainbow” (Remix) 4:04
“Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” 4:20
“Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)” 4:19
“State of Independence” 5:49
“She Works Hard for the Money” 3:25
“Unconditional Love” 4:41
“There Goes My Baby” 4:06
“Supernatural Love” 3:34
“All Systems Go” 4:10
“This Time I Know It’s for Real” 3:36
“I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt” 3:26
“When Love Cries” 5:14
“Friends Unknown” 3:44
“Carry On”

Friday 1/14/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Donna Summer – Another Place and Time (1989)

Another Place and Time is the fourteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Donna Summer, released on March 20, 1989. The album was produced by Stock Aitken Waterman and featured Summer’s top-10 hit “This Time I Know It’s for Real”, which reached number 7 and was her last US top 40.

  1. “I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt” 3:28
  2. “When Love Takes Over You” 4:13
  3. “This Time I Know It’s for Real” 3:38
  4. “The Only One” 3:55
  5. “In Another Place and Time” 3:22
  6. “Sentimental” 3:11
  7. “Whatever Your Heart Desires” 3:52
  8. “Breakaway” 4:04
  9. “If It Makes You Feel Good” 3:45
  10. “Love’s About to Change My Heart” 4:03

Donna Summer – vocals
Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and George De Angelis – keyboards
Matt Aitken – guitar
A. Linn – drums
Dee Lewis, Matt Aitken and Mae McKenna – backing vocals

Friday 12/31/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Donna Summer Top 30 Hits

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known professionally as Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s and became known as the “Queen of Disco”, while her music gained a global following.

Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. In 1968 she joined a German adaptation of the musical Hair in Munich, where she spent several years living, acting, and singing.[4] There, she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and they went on to record influential disco hits together such as “Love to Love You Baby” and “I Feel Love”, marking Summer’s breakthrough into international music markets. Summer returned to the United States in 1976,[5] and more hits such as “Last Dance”, her version of “MacArthur Park”, “Heaven Knows”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” with Barbra Streisand, and “On the Radio” followed.

Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top-40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top-ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top-ten hits (10 were top-five hits), more than any other act during that time period. She returned to the Hot 100’s top five in 1983, and claimed her final top-ten hit in 1989 with “This Time I Know It’s for Real”. She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach the top of the US Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a 12-month period. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B Singles chart in the US and a number-one single in the United Kingdom. Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with “I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)”. While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned in subsequent decades, Summer remained a force on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart throughout her entire career.

Summer died on May 17, 2012, from lung cancer, at her home in Naples, Florida. She sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She won five Grammy Awards. In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.” Moroder described Summer’s work on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Billboard ranked her sixth on its list of the “Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists”.

Wednesday 12/29/21 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 24

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We are moving into the final segments of 1980 music. This installment features music from Dickey Lee, Barbra Streisand, Rossington-Collins Band, Jerry Reed, Pat Benatar, Hoyt Axton, Red Rider, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Rockpile, Romantics, Devo, Poco, Journey and many more. Tomorrow we feature the completion of this segment and start our travel into 1981 next Tuesday.

8pm – 12am ET

Tuesday 12/28/21 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 23

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We are moving into the final segments of 1980 music. This installment features music from Diana Ross, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Gatlin Brothers, Blondie, Donna Summer, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath, Squeeze, Cars, Harry Chapin, Donna Fargo, Police and much more.

8pm – 12am ET