The Sherwood Singers - Something Special.
Monday office fashion tip …
Donna … about to be inducted into the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Incidentally Donna Summer won the inaugural Grammy for Best Rock Performance Female in 1979 for this very song.)
On this day in music history: April 16, 1979 - “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer is released. Written Pete Belotte, Harold Faltermeyer, and Keith Forsey, it is the first single from the landmark “Bad Girls” album. The rock oriented dance track will broaden Summer’s audience and is an immediate smash. For the song’s blistering solo, Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter will be brought in to play the part (on a vintage Danelectro guitar). Initially, “Hot Stuff” will be released by Casablanca Records in two versions, an edited single for radio play and an extended white label promotional 12” that is serviced to club and radio DJ’s. The extended mix will be later issued commercially, segued together with the follow up single “Bad Girls” (the way they appear on the LP, but with a shorter version of “Hot Stuff”). Entering the Hot 100 at #79, the single will rocket to the top of the chart six weeks later, spending 3 non-consecutive weeks at #1. It will yield to The Bee Gees “Love You Inside Out” for one week (on June 9th), then regain the top spot for an additional two weeks (on June 16th). Summer will also win a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for the song, becoming the first woman and first African American artist to ever win that category.
As promised, some of the photos of me, by my friend David.
I love these shots, and I have some good ideas for some other pictures, so I may be going down to Tucson next week to do some more. The night we took these I could tell he was tired, so we only did this for a short time, but they turned out awesome.
Vale Raymond Cusick (1928-2013) - Designer of the Dalek.
Terry Nation made millions out of the Daleks but the staff BBC designer who actually interpreted Terry’s words to create one of the most enduring designs of popular culture was paid a £50 bonus by the BBC for his efforts.
The Daleks are arguable the first instance of mass media marketing. They were everywhere in the UK in the 1960s. Dalek toys, tea-towels, costumes, games, books, comics, jelly-moulds etc.
Ray was a regular on the Doctor Who convention circuit and always had time to speak to fans of the show. A humble man.
Thank you Ray.
One of my favourite films is The Fifth Element (dir Luc Besson 1997). There is a quite amazing scene featuring an alien opera Diva. Well another fan of the film, with some not inconsiderable talent, has recorded here own version of the Diva Dance. Watch & be thrilled at this young lady’s voice. Stunning.