Donna Summer

Donna Summer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), better known as Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 140 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B charts in the U.S. and a number-one in the U.K.

Queen of disco

Summer earned a total of 32 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top ten hit in 1976 to the end of 1982, she had 12 top ten hits; (10 were top five hits) more than any other act. She returned to the Hot 100’s top five in 1983, and claimed her final top ten hit in 1989 with “This Time I Know It’s for Real”. Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with “I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)”. While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs chart over her entire career.

Return to the U.S.

While influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she left New York and spent several years living, acting, and singing in Europe, where she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.
Summer returned to the U.S., in 1975 after the commercial success of the song “Love to Love You Baby”, which was followed by a string of other hits, such as “I Feel Love”, “Last Dance”, “MacArthur Park”, “Heaven Knows”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” (duet with Barbra Streisand), and “On the Radio”. She became known as the “Queen of Disco”, while her music gained a global following.

The end

Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer, which she believed was caused by inhaling toxic fumes and dust after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.” Giorgio Moroder described Summer’s work with him on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Billboard Magazine ranked her as the 6th most successful dance artist of all-time.

Donna Summer was one of the best!

Here on, we love her. Listen to her adorable voice on Radio 99 Luftballons & Radio TIFFY.

Official web page of Donna Summer.

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Most Googled musicians 2016

The most Googled musicians 2016

The ten most global searched musicians on Googles 2016.

  1. Céline Dion
  2. Kesha
  3. Michael Bublé
  4. Creed
  5. ‘ディーン フジオカ (Dean Fujioka)
  6. Kehlani
  7. Teyana Taylor
  8. Grace Vanderwaal
  9. Ozuna
  10. Lukas Graham

1 Celine Dion

Celine Dion, born Céline Marie Claudette Dion; 30 March 1968 is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Following a series of French albums during the 1980s, she signed on to Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion released her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.

2 Ke$ha

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Kesha Rose Sebert born March 1, 1987; (formerly stylized as Ke$ha) is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on American rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single “Right Round”. Kesha’s music and image propelled her to immediate success, with her debut album Animal premiering at the top of the charts in several countries. She achieved 3 more number-one singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R” as a solo artist, and “Timber” as a featured artist. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, becoming respected as a songwriter. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in 2012, and spawned her eighth consecutive top-ten single “Die Young”. “Tik Tok”, at one point, was the best-selling digital single in history, selling over 14 million units internationally.

Michael Steven Bublé

Michael Steven Bublé born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, comedian, actor and record producer. He was recognized as an Italian citizen since birth by jure sanguinis in 2005. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It’s Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts.

Bublé’s 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 after three days of sales and remained there for two weeks.

4 Creed

Creed is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band’s best-known line-up consists of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips. Creed released two studio albums, My Own Prison in 1997 and Human Clay in 1999 before Marshall left the band in 2000. The band’s third album, Weathered, was released in 2001 with Tremonti handling bass before the band disbanded in 2004 due to increasing tension between members. Tremonti, Marshall, and Phillips went on to found Alter Bridge while Stapp followed a solo career.

5 Dean Fujioka

Tatsuo Fujioka (藤岡 竜雄 Fujioka Tatsuo, born August 19, 1980), also known as Tatsuo Dean Fujioka and now better known as Dean Fujioka (ディーン・フジオカ Dīn Fujioka, stylized as DEAN FUJIOKA), is a Japanese actor, musician, model, director, artist, radio host.

Tatsuo Dean Fujioka started his career as a model in Hong Kong’s fashion scene in 2004 for both local and international designer brands. He continued to appear in Hong Kong’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines. Simultaneously with his career in fashion, he also embarked on various advertising campaigns, appearing in TV and print commercials for both local and multinational clients in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2006, he started to pursue a career in acting. He moved his base from Hong Kong to Taipei and appeared in his first TV series Goku Dou High School with Bao Weimin, Bao Xiaobo, and Kingone Wang. His very first film August Story, starring Tian Yuan, Tatsuo Dean Fujioka, and Jan Cheung, caught public attention in the film festivals held in Hong Kong,[5] Japan, and Taiwan.

In 2007, he appeared as a talented pianist in the TV series Corner with Love with Barbie Shu and Show Luo. He also appeared in Summer’s Tail, his first film in Taiwan, with Bryant Chang, Enno Cheng, and Hannah Lin.

6 Kehlani

Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer-songwriter and a dancer signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani was originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial fame as a member of the teen pop group Poplyfe. In 2014, she released her first commercial mixtape, Cloud 19. The mixtape was listed as one of the among of Complexs “50 Best Albums of 2014.” In 2015, Kehlani released her second commercial mixtape, You Should Be Here. The mixtape debuted at number 5 on the national R&B/Hip-Hop chart, preceded from her sold-out North American promotional tour. In 2016, she was nominated for the Best Urban Contemporary Album Grammy Award for You Should Be Here. Kehlani released her first major-label debut album, SweetSexySavage on January 27, 2017.

Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor (born December 10, 1990), is an American actress, model, dancer, and a recording artist/rapper from Harlem, New York. In 2007, Taylor signed a record deal with American musician Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment imprint, before making her first national appearance on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. In 2012, she signed to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label through Def Jam, after asking for her release from Star Trak. As an aspiring songwriter, Taylor has worked with and written records for major artists such as Usher, Chris Brown, and Omarion. Taylor has appeared on runways during Fashion Week and has also landed high-profile features, such as on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Grace Avery VanderWaal

Grace Avery VanderWaal (born January 15, 2004) is an American singer-songwriter from Suffern, New York. In September 2016, at age 12, she won the eleventh season of the NBC TV competition show America’s Got Talent (AGT). She soon signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, in December 2016. VanderWaal also creates videos of her original songs and covers for YouTube. Her 2017 performances have included the opening and closing of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, appearances in Japan and performances at several benefit concerts. She won the 2017 Radio Disney Music Award for Best New Artist and a Teen Choice Award, and she has twice been named to Billboard magazine’s 21 Under 21 list of fast-rising young music stars. VanderWaal is set to release a full-length album, Just the Beginning, and to launch her first tour the same month.

9 Ozuna

Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado (born March 13, 1992), known by his stage name, Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap recording artist,[4] widely regarded as the most successful reggaeton artist from his generation, as well as one of the most successful urban artists overall, having released many hits such as “Si No Te Quiere”, “No Quiere Enamorarse”, “Te Vas”, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres”, “En La Intimidad”, “Tu Foto”, and “El Farsante”, and having being featured on several hits from the genre, most notably on De La Ghetto’s “La Ocasión” and Chris Jeday’s “Ahora Dice”. Ozuna is also credited for starting a new movement in the reggaeton scene and bringing popularity to the Latin trap genre.

10 Lukas Graham

Lukas Graham is a Danish pop and soul band. It consists of lead vocalist Lukas Forchhammer, drummer Mark Falgren, and bassist Magnus Larsson. The band released their first album, Lukas Graham, with labels Copenhagen Records and Then We Take the World in 2012. The album peaked at number one on the Danish charts. Their second album was released in 2015 and earned international attention with singles like “Mama Said” and “7 Years”, the latter of which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 list (among other countries’ charts). The self-titled global debut album was officially released in the United States by Warner Bros. Records on 1 April 2016.

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Disco fever on Gorilla Radio

One hour disco

Every day we play one hour dedicated to the best disco music from the late 70s and the 80s.

Disco is a musical style originating in New York City in the early 1970s, and remained urban and largely underground until the middle of the decade when it began to emerge from America’s urban nightlife scene, where it had been curtailed to house parties and makeshift discotheques, and began making regular appearances mainstream, gaining popularity and increasing airplay on radio. It achieved popularity during the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Its initial audiences in the U.S. were club-goers from the gay, African American, Italian American, Latino, and psychedelic communities in Philadelphia and New York City during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco can be seen as a reaction against both the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture during this period. Disco was popular with both men and women from many different backgrounds, with dances including The Bump (1974), The Hustle (1975).

Saturday Night Fever - 99 Luftballons, Radio Gorilla.
Saturday Night Fever – 99 Luftballons, Radio Gorilla.

The disco sound often has several components, a “four-on-the-floor” beat, an eighth note (quaver) or 16th note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a prominent, syncopated electric bass line. In most disco tracks, string sections, horns, electric piano, and electric rhythm guitars create a lush background sound. Orchestral instruments such as the flute are often used for solo melodies, and lead guitar is less frequently used in disco than in rock. Many disco songs use electronic synthesizers, particularly in the late 1970s.

Well-known 1970s disco performers included: Vicki Sue Robinson, Yvonne Elliman, Grace Jones, Thelma Houston, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Boney M., Chaka Khan, KC and the Sunshine Band, the Trammps, Sylvester, Village People, Gloria Gaynor, Amii Stewart, and Chic. While performers and singers garnered much public attention, record producers working behind the scenes played an important role in developing the “disco sound”. Many non-disco artists recorded disco songs at the height of disco’s popularity, and films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Thank God It’s Friday (1978) contributed to disco’s rise in mainstream popularity.

Listen to the best disco music on 99 Luftballons.

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99 Luftballons – 99 Red ballons

Our theme song

99 Luftballons – or in German: Neunundneunzig Luftballons, is an anti-war protest song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album.

As you may guess our radio channel are named after that song.

The English-language version titled “99 Red Balloons“, with lyrics by Kevin McAlea, was also released on the album 99 Luftballons in 1984 after widespread success of the original in Europe and Japan.

While at a June 1982 concert by the Rolling Stones in West Berlin, Nena’s guitarist Carlo Karges noticed that balloons were being released. As he watched them move toward the horizon, he noticed them shifting and changing shapes, where they looked like strange spacecraft (referred to in the German lyrics as a “UFO”). He thought about what might happen if they floated over the Berlin Wall to the Soviet sector.

The English version is not a direct translation of the German original and contains somewhat different lyrics.


German version

Hast du etwas Zeit für mich? Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Denkst du vielleicht grad an mich?
Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von neunundneunzig Luftballons
Und dass sowas von sowas kommt

Neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für Ufos aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General
‘ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn’s so wär
Dabei war’n dort am Horizont
Nur neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Düsenflieger
Jeder war ein großer Krieger
Hielten sich für Captain Kirk
Das gab ein großes Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen: “Krieg!” und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hätte das gedacht
Dass es einmal so weit kommt
Wegen neunundneunzig Luftballons
Wegen neunundneunzig Luftballons
Neunundneunzig Luftballons

Neunundneunzig jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt’s nicht mehr
Und auch keine Düsenflieger
Heute zieh ich meine Runden
Seh die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab ‘n Luftballon gefunden
Denk an dich und lass ihn fliegen

 English version

Stay where you are, don’t move from here:
I know a song you’ll want to hear
About ninety-nine balloons
Floating high up as the moon.
Do you think of me, far or near?
I know a song you’ll want to hear
About ninety-nine balloons,
And how they brought us to our doom.

There were ninety-nine balloons
Floating high up as the moon.
They looked a bit like alien craft;
A general sent a squadron aft(er)
Them, each man a flying ace,
To check if this could be the case,
But all there was was the full moon
And the ninety-nine balloons.

Ninety-nine ace fighter pilots,
Jumpy, prideful and misguided,
Took themselves for Captain Kirk,
And shot their heavy fireworks.
The neighbours on the ground took fright,
And soon were spoiling for a fight,
Even though the air platoon
Shot just the ninety-nine balloons.

Ninety-nine war ministers
Struck matches against petrol canisters.
They thought they were oh so clever;
Dreamed of spoils and power forever.
They called for war to be fought;
Oh, who ever would have thought
That our end would come so soon
Thanks to those ninety-nine balloons?

Just those ninety-nine balloons!
Just those ninety-nine balloons!

Ninety-nine long years of war;
There are no winners any more.
No ministers of war trade threats;
You don’t get many fighter jets.
On my daily rounds today,
Among the ruins and decay,
I found a balloon, let it go,
And then I remembered you.


Max Foxx & Nicky Renard

Featured Artist of the week.

Are you in search of a new song? We all are addicted to listening to new songs and singing along to them. Whatever we do, we always have a playlist that we listen to. This helps in making our work easy and enjoyable. For some people, listening to music is a great pastime. There are plenty of new songs releasing every single day, but not all of them are great. A new song that caught our attention is Grovy Lane.

This song is the work of 2 very gifted musicians. They are passionate about music and it is their way of expressing themselves. Both of the musicians are exceptional and create magic when working together. The two artists are none other than Nicky Renard and Max Foxx.

Grovy Lane was released as a single on 30th June 2017. You can listen to this classic rock song on Spotify and iTunes. It is a great song that you can add to your playlist for a road trip. The song is perfect for someone who loves to listen to rock music and guitar.

You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

Max Foxx: Acoustic 12-string Guitars, Synthesizer, Organ, Piano
Nicky Renard: Electric Guitars (6 & 12-string)
Caleb Johnson: Lead vocals
Chad Cromwell: Bass
Maureen Murphy & Nickie Conely: Backing Vocals

Listen to Grovy Lane at Radio 99 Luftballons.