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The Library of Congress to Preserve Gloria Gaynor’s Anthem – “I Will Survive”

Gloria Gaynor was made famous by her huge hit song in 1978 “I Will Survive” Most people didn’t know it, but her backstory was pretty rough, and the song really is about her survival though horrific circumstance. The original studio version of this (which I would have to go back in my vinyl collection to find) is by far and away the best. Sometimes in the process of re-mastering, or re-recording a song for 12″ or digital distribution the artist’s emotion and energy behind the song gets lost.

Gloria Gaynor on the lasting legacy of “I Will Survive”

When you’re in Gloria Gaynor’s recreation room, listening to her jukebox, what song do you think you’re gonna hear?

Her 1978 hit “I Will Survive,” of course.

The Library of Congress has just chosen her disco anthem for preservation as a key artifact of american culture.

“That song taps into the inherent survival instinct, and it taps into the tenacity of the human spirit,” Gaynor told CBS News.

Gaynor wasn’t singing lyrics off a sheet of music — she was singing her own life story.

Growing up in poverty, the victim of childhood sexual abuse, she had an accident six months before recording the song that left her temporarily paralyzed from the waist down as she headed to the studio.

She was in a back brace while recording the song. “That is why I was able to sing that song with such conviction.”

The song changed her life. Number one in five countries, “I Will Survive” won Gloria Gaynor a Grammy, while becoming the universal anthem for those struggling to overcome challenges.

“With this song, and only with this song, I am able to give people something that they take home with them, something that they make a part of their lives,” Gaynor said. “It is absolutely a blessing.”

A blessing for the singer, and for everyone who’s ever needed to hear her message.

This is the video version…

This is the best live version I could find, which is close to the level of intensity of the original pressing. It was recorded in Argentina in 1980, and includes both the English and Spanish versions.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2016 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Donna Summer

Dang! It has been a bad week for 70’s artists. First Duck Dunn of Booker T and the MGs fame, then Go Go Godfather Chuck Brown…

And now the Disco Queen herself – Donna Summer.

Donna Summer dead at 63

Disco legend Donna Summer died Thursday at age 63, reportedly after a battle with cancer.

“Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith,” the singer’s family said in a statement. “While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”

TMZ was the first to report the singer’s death, and the site reports that she was recording an album at the time of her death.

The Grammy-winning singer, nicknamed the Queen of Disco, had numerous hits in both the 1970s and 1980s, including “Last Dance,” “She Works Hard for the Money” and “Bad Girls.”

Summer was the first female artist to chart with back-to-back multi-platinum double albums.

Summer won five Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards, and charted three multi-platinum albums.

And one more favorite –

 
 

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Guinness – World’s Biggest Afro

This is Aevin Dugas (36), a Social Worker from New Orleans, who has won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the “World’s Biggest afro”.

OK — Old Skoolers – Remember how much of a pain it was to keep your Afro clean and neat back in the 60’s and 70’s?

Dang … We need some Trammps and some platform shoes with that!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Disco Fever… In Havana?

Yup. You heard that right. Apparently Disco has made a comeback in Havana, Cuba of all places! Not quite the “Last Dance”… Indeed!

Decades After Its Heyday, Disco Fever Grips Cuba

In the 1960s and ’70s, Cuba’s Communist hard-liners viewed rock ‘n’ roll, American pop music and long hair as signs of moral decadence.

But some things in Cuba have changed since then. These days, Havana is back in the throes of disco fever.

A resident of Havana, Ricardo Fragela is a huge, lumbering man with a warm smile and an impressive music collection. His living room is an archive of American pop and rock ‘n’ roll.

He holds an autographed CD case as if it were a bar of gold. The pop disco ensemble KC and the Sunshine Band sent it to him from Florida after he wrote a fan letter. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Black History

 

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DJ Newk From Back In The Day

Chicago Southside After Party Jam from DJ NEWK downloaded on SoundCloud

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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A Short, But Happy Marraige…

These are virals that have been around for a bit, but if you haven’t seen them – they are a riot!

This is Jill and Kevin’s Wedding Entrance –

Unfortunately, things went so well with the video, that Kevin was kept busy 24 hours a day just answering questions over the WWW, totally ignoring Jill…

This is Jill and Kevin’s Divorce…

Check out Da judge!

What are a bunch of white folks boogieing doing on a black centric site?

Why not?

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2009 in Nawwwwww!

 

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That 70’s Party

Dug up a couple of jamming tunes from the Disco era –

Shirley and Company

The incomperable Sylvester

And of course – The Trammps Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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