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Initial post: May 17, 2012 9:43:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 17, 2012 10:02:11 AM PDT
club 7 says:
OMG Donna Summer has died. I can't believe it. I grew up on Donna Summer and i am devastated.
i am so shocked by the news. i didn't even know she had cancer. WTF. Donna Summer's music was and is a big part of my life. her music was the definition of joy and happiness and if it was sad well it would still get you on the dance floor. donna summer moved me with her wonderful voice and her sensuous style. donna summer was a treasure who could also write amazing songs like Dim all the Lights. R.I.P. Donna. I will always love you and be thankful for the music and happiness that you brought me.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 9:58:34 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
RIP Donna. :(

Posted on May 17, 2012 10:06:00 AM PDT
Wow this sucks,Donna Summer,Chuck Brown and Donald "Duck" Darma.Just not ready for this,well my day is done.RIP everyone, thank you, for the wonderful memories, and great music.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 10:17:24 AM PDT
Robert Burns says:
"Duck" Dunn. Are you confusing him w/ the BOC guy?

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 10:53:29 AM PDT
Quiet Owl says:
Well said! I am a huge fan of hers as well & grew up with that disco music that she did so wonderfully! RIP Lady Disco!

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 11:21:58 AM PDT
Sorry meant Donald Duck Dunn.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 6:38:52 PM PDT
Hinch says:
Donald "Duck" Dunn.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 6:39:44 PM PDT
Hinch says:
Sorry! I posted mine before I saw your post.

Posted on May 19, 2012 8:28:17 PM PDT
I was in a record store today, and somebody said she was looking for Donna Summer CDs. "Sorry, we sold out."

Death often does spur sales.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 8:59:35 PM PDT
Hinch says:
Very true!

Posted on May 20, 2012 5:25:06 AM PDT
It happens every time a big star dies. As the Rolling Stone cover headline read, about Jim Morrison, "He's Hot, He's Sexy, and He's Dead." And Elvis Presley has probably sold more records since he died than when he was alive.

A very cynical idea for a short story: a rock star has big commercial success, then the bubble bursts. The public lose interest. Sales stagnate. The record company decides to murder him, and suddenly his music is red hot again.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 7:14:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 7:16:51 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Elvis' career had dropped off drastically before his death. I remember seeing cartoons making fun of him in magazines. His later recordings were far from being rock and roll.

When he passed away, suddenly all that was forgotten and he was "The King of Rock and Roll". Honestly, I dont remember hearing him referred to as "the king", until after his death, but maybe Im wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 7:31:55 AM PDT
My friend Kim, who still worships Elvis, say him live a few months before the end. What a sad sight it was.

I believe the phrase "The King" preceded his death, but I don't know for sure.

Remember when Michael Jackson appointed himself "The King of Pop"? Boy, did that move indicate insecurity. Paul McCartney deserved the title more but you didn't hear him trying to call himself that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 7:46:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 7:46:51 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Yes, I do remember Michael naming himself King of Pop. His fans will tell you Elizabeth Taylor gave him that name. She may have refered to him that way, but he publically called himself that, and set up statues of himself all over Europe. Elvis would have never referred to himself as The King of Rock and Roll, even if others did.

I saw Elvis in concert in 1973, when he was still in great shape. I do remember the tv concert they broadcast after his death, and he looked very bad. I recently watched it, and he doesnt look as bad as I thought he did at the time, but maybe it was because we had always seen him looking so fit.

Posted on May 20, 2012 8:06:38 AM PDT
I think Michael Jackson had a press release or something that broadly hinted that he henceforth wanted to be referred to as the "King of Pop."

Okay.....I hereby designate myself "King of Pop Tarts". Please respect my new title.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 8:19:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2012 8:20:45 AM PDT
Hinch says:
lol!

When he did his big European tour in the 80s, he had videos of screaming and fainting fans with him in the middle of the crowd. It always seemed contrived to me.

The Beatles and Elvis certainly had their share of screaming and fainting fans, but they were not right in the middle, surrounded. They were usually trying to get away. I'd say they would have been hurt if they had allowed themselves to be surrounded with no avenue of escape, and so would Michael, if it had been real.

Posted on May 20, 2012 6:51:53 PM PDT
Sodenfir says:
Donna Summer had names she didn't reject. Queen of disco and Queen of the orgasm come to mind. On her last album she had a song called The Queen is Back" and she wasn't shy about being known as such. You have to have some ego in this business so I don't blame MJ.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 4:44:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 4:46:28 AM PDT
Sodenfir:

There's a scene in Joseph Heller's "Good As Good". An unappealing, whiny character, the butt of much derision, wants everybody to call him "Skip". The main character says "Nobody gives themselves nicknames...other people give them nicknames because they fit. And you will never be a 'Skip'. The last thing in the world you could ever be is a 'Skip'".

What was ludicrous about "the King of Pop" was not so much that it didn't fit Michael Jackson, but that he himself tried to get the media to start calling him that. They chafed at the arrogance.

But I don't know. Maybe Bruce Springsteen came up with "the Boss". I like to think it generated in some kind of popular upswelling, it crept up from the primordial ooze somehow....but maybe I'm naive here.

("'Queen of the Orgasm'. that's a name no one would self-apply where I came from.")

Maybe "the Fab Four" was cooked up in a middle management meeting at EMI records in 1962. Who knows?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 5:48:25 AM PDT
Tonè says:
Don't be surprised to see that idea in the movies.

Posted on May 21, 2012 5:53:26 AM PDT
RIP Donna Summer :(

Posted on May 21, 2012 5:59:57 AM PDT
Why do pop stars want to be called royal names? The King of This, the Queen of That. If you want to overanalyze it, no one becomes a real King or Queen because of innate ability, it's all bloodlines.

"Queen of the Organism". Now, that would be something.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 6:51:38 AM PDT
Tonè says:
W. David English says: Why do pop stars want to be called royal names?

Contrary to the authorities in this thread, I think MJ detested the "king of pop" label. I believe it was Liz Taylor who called him that, and she did so on her own accord.

On the other hand, if someone calls YOU the king of something, your vanity inflates and you wont really fight the label, would you, W. David English, the King of Amazon Forums?

Posted on May 21, 2012 7:08:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2012 7:09:08 AM PDT
Well, I'd be gracious about it, of course. Technically, though, I am CEO of Amazon Forums (pending board certification).

(ALL RISE!!!!)

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:47:44 AM PDT
Sodenfir says:
I remember Rolling Stone magazine calling her The Queen of orgasm a few times, undoubtedly because of "Love to Love You Baby" and "Could It Be Magic." She didn't self apply it.
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