“MacArthur Park“ was written by singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb that was originally recorded actor and singer Richard Harris in 1968. Harris’s version peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number four on the UK Singles Chart. “MacArthur Park” was subsequently covered by numerous artists, including a 1969 Grammy-winning version by country music singer Waylon Jennings and the premier disco a number one Billboard Hot 100 cover by Donna Summer in 1978.
Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder would recall that he and his collaborator Pete Bellotte had been interested in the concept of either remixing a track – as yet undecided on – which had been a hit in the 1960s or else remaking a 1960s hit as a dance track: Moroder – “I remember that I was driving in … on the Hollywood Freeway, and I heard the original song [i.e. “MacArthur Park” by Richard Harris] on the radio. I thought: ‘That’s it – that’s the song we’ve been looking for almost a year.’
And the rest is disc-tory!
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The deluxe edition of Todrick Hall’s take on the Wizard of Oz, titled Straight Outta Oz just came out, and it includes three new tunes, including an amazing re-production of an earlier song “Low,” which features a cameo by RuPaul
You can watch the Straight Outta Oz visual album in its entirely right here (Be warned: It’s over an hour)
Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) joins forces with Moby, Adam Scott, Misha Collins, Jesse Ferguson, Jane Lynch, Mayim Bialik, Elizabeth Banks along with a choir of your favorite stars (including Patti Lupone!) who have resorted to song because HOLY FUCKING SH*T, You’ve Got To Vote!
The legendary Nile Rodgers– musician, producer, composer, arranger, guitarist and founder of Chic—served as curator for a benefit Dance Party like no other in the history of the East End of Long Island on behalf of AFTEE (All For The East End) a unique charity focused solely on raising money for the local nonprofits that make the East End of Long Island.
Rogers was joined on stage at the benefit by none other than Adam Lambert and they performed ‘Let’s Dance’ which Nile Rodgers produced David Bowie in 1983 and became one of Bowie’s biggest hit singles, reaching #1 in the UK, US and various other countries.
And HELL YES I’ll dance with you, Adam. Anywhere, anytime.