From the Soundboard – Donna Summer

From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artists and/or groups perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, June 13, in acknowledgement of Black Music and Pride Month we will focus on the person known as the “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer.

“As the ‘Queen of Disco’ wasn’t mere hype — she was one of the very few disco performers to enjoy a measure of career longevity, and her consistent chart success was rivaled in the disco world only by the Bee Gees. Summer was certainly a talented vocalist, trained as a powerful gospel belter, but then again, so were many of her contemporaries. Of major importance in setting Summer apart were her songwriting abilities and her choice of talented collaborators in producers/songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, which resulted in a steady supply of high-quality (and, often, high-concept) material. But what was more, few vocalists could match the sultry, unfettered eroticism Summer brought to many of her best recordings, which seemed to embody the spirit of the disco era perfectly. The total package made Summer the ultimate disco diva, one of the few whose star power was even bigger than the music.” [Steve Huey – All Music Guide]

From The Soundboard
June 13, 2012
3 am – 5 am
WBAI 99.5 FM NYC
www.wbai.org worldwide

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