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Donna Summer is Dead at 63

The Queen of Disco — died yesterday morning after a battle with cancer, which she believed she contracted from breathing in air particles from 9/11.

Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.

The singer had been trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps as  she focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.”

Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. They had two daughters together.

World’s Oldest teenager Dies at 82…

Dick Clark, creator of “American Bandstand” and other television programs, had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, CA, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure.

For a time in the 1980s, he had shows on all three networks and was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. Clark also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Networks, which provided programs – including Clark’s – to thousands of stations.

The original “American Bandstand” ran for thirty years on ABC’s daytime lineup beginning in 1957. Before that the show was a local program in Philadelphia. In his 1958 hit “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Chuck Berry sang that “they’ll be rocking on Bandstand, Philadelphia, P-A.”

In 1974, at ABC’s request, Clark created the American Music Awards after the network lost the broadcast rights to the Grammy Awards.

Utterly surprised…

…to get a call from an old theatre friend from Northwestern… Dan Einbender, who hails from upstate New York. A brief bio:

Dan Einbender

DAN EINBENDER  has spent much of the last 32 years working with folk-music legend Pete Seeger’s Clearwater organization, whose efforts have helped to restore the Hudson River, while also creating a new generation of environmental leaders. Einbender was also the Grammy Award–winning producer of Seeger’s 2010 album Tomorrow’s Children. Einbender lives in Wurtsboro, N.Y. His work takes him all over the world, primarily to Hellebaek, Denmark.

Danny was in my first Systems Theatre group at Northwestern in the 60s and was one of my favorite performers then. I really admire his work with children over the years, and you can learn more about him at Kid Friendly Music.

Not having spoken with Danny for over 40 years, this was great having him call into the Occupy Movement discussion on WSHC this morning.
Hope I hear from him again as I sit trapped and retired in West Virginia‘s Eastern Panhandle.