Song Lyric Sunday | “On the Radio” – Donna Summer

SLS banner

Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Record/Jukebox/DJ/Radio.

~~~~~~~~~~

There are those who would choose playing in oncoming traffic over listening to disco. No harm, no foul. I’m related to quite a few of those individuals.

But along with funk and 70s pop, disco was MY coming-of-age music. It was perfect for dancing… and I loved dancing, so, voila! Perfect match!

Every music era has its royalty and disco’s queen was Donna Summer. She had fourteen hits appear on the Billboard Disco charts. One of her last disco entries, On the Radio, peaked at number 8.

Donna Summer wrote this disco hit with record producer Giorgio Moroder for Adrian Lyne’s 1980 teen drama Foxes, starring Jodie Foster, Scott Baio and Runaways singer Cherie Currie.  However, it is not the disco version that is heard in the movie or on the soundtrack, but Moroder’s ballad-tempo instrumental with Summer’s vocals.

In the song, Summer is pining for a lost love and hopes to reconnect by broadcasting her feelings on the radio.

Released as a single in February 1980, On the Radio was Donna’s tenth top-ten hit in the U.S. as well as her eighth and final consecutive top 5 single. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the soul chart.

FUN FACTS:

  • Summer had a difficult time coming up with the lyrics until another singer inadvertently gave her a jolt of inspiration. She told NPR’s Fresh Air in 2003: “I was at the piano, and Stephen Bishop’s record was on the top of the piano, and I looked at the record, and I know Stephen, and we’ve written together, and I’m like, you know, how would Stephen say this? What line would he come up – he’s so clever. And all of a sudden, this one line came to me, and it was ‘must have fallen out of a hole in your old brown overcoat,’ and it was like a lightning bolt.
  • The instrumental parts of the song were occasionally heard on the US version of The Price Is Right in the early 1980s when they displayed jukeboxes and stereos as prizes.
  • On the Radio was featured in the 1997 biopic Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez. The late Tejano singer had covered the song during a sold-out performance at the Houston Astrodome in 1995.
  • On the Radio was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, but lost to Bette Midler’s The Rose.

The video is from a live performance.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

~~~

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

On the Radio

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

13 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “On the Radio” – Donna Summer

What say you?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Poetry For Healing

Words from the Heart

Fat-Bottom-Fifties Get Fierce

We celebrate being over 50!

Bryn Donovan

tell your stories ~ love your life

All in a Day's Breath

Art, Love of Life, Philosophy, Writing, Spirituality

Cooking Green Goodness Magazine

Plant-based Food & Culture, Recipes for Your Wellness

amankumar000

A storyteller with a poetic heart

All About Life

Ideas and musings from a middle-aged 20 something

Watering the Gutter Flowers

Inspiration for growing in gritty places.

Ann Writes Inspiration

Writing from the heart, adds value to your life.

Zoolon Hub

Guitarist / Songwriter / Blogger

A Unique Title For Me

Hoping to make the world more beautiful

The Dark Netizen

Short Stories - Mostly dark ones!

The Travellothoner

Travel, Running, Fitness, Life, Writing.

unbolt me

the literary asylum

Top 10 of Anything and Everything - The Fun Top Ten Blog

Animals, Gift Ideas, Travel, Books, Recycling Ideas and Many, Many More

Byung A. Fallgren

Story & poetry

Let's Discuss Nutrition

Sound Advice for a Healthy Body

Poetry and Prose

From soul to soul

jhohadli

You've reached the Creative Space of Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse. Welcome. For info on my writing, services, and more, scroll down. If you need to contact me directly, email jhohadli@gmail.com. Sharing with links and credits is fine but unauthorized use and/or duplication of site content without permission is strictly prohibited. For my other blog, go to wadadlipen.wordpress.com

%d bloggers like this: