Producer and Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers celebrates the career of US R&B-pop diva Donna Summer, who ruled the airwaves and dance clubs during her phenomenal mid- to late-70s reign, from 1975's breath-heavy Love to Love You Baby and the influential Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte-produced summer-of-77 sizzler I Feel Love to her stately 1978 reworking of Richard Harris's MacArthur Park. Her five huge 1979 US hits (Hot Stuff, Bad Girls etc) only reconfirmed her status as "queen of disco". The Boston-born belter established her credentials in West
Germany with stage work (Hair, Godspell) and the start of an enduring partnership with Moroder and Bellotte, who, along with Summer, contribute to this programme. Plus New Order's Stephen Morris, Barry Manilow, Moby, Gloria Gaynor, producer Pete Waterman (This Time I Know It's for Real) and many others.
Producer Neil Rosser
See also Monday 11.30pm
Feelin' Love: the Donna Summer Story 10.00pm Radio 2
Arguably the disco era's most potent icon, singer/songwriter Donna Summer (above) was already 27 when she first entered the US and UK top tens(and bedrooms) with the deliriously erotic Love to Love You Baby (1975). Two years later, again with studio svengalis Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, she produced a second (throbbing) signature hit in I Feel Love, inspiring New Order to record the equally seminal Blue Monday in 1982. Kylie's robotic and dreamy Can't Get You out of My Head followed 19 years later. With input by everyone from the rarely-heard Pete Bellotte to Barry Manilow, Moby and expert enthusiast Grant Burnside, the programme - part of Radio 2's Disco Season - showcases the one-time global dance-pop gueen who appealed well beyond her gay fanbase and continues to have US dance number ones. (David Oppedisano)
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