Bruce Sudano
American musician
Bruce Sudano
Bruce Charles Sudano is a singer/songwriter/producer best known for his collaboration with and marriage to singer Donna Summer, and the group he co-founded, Brooklyn Dreams. Sudano was originally a member of the band Alive N Kickin', who had a big hit in 1970 called "Tighter, Tighter". Sudano left the band to return to his hometown and found the group Brooklyn Dreams. Brooklyn Dreams is best-known for collaborating with Donna Summer.
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Hear the Album That Made HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines Fall in Love All Over Again
Huffington Post - 4 months
Johnnyswim's Georgica Pond makes marriage sound wonderful - just ask TV's hottest couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. "The album has been playing on repeat in our car since it came out in October," Chip says. The Gaineses' HGTV show, Fixer Upper, made ceramic farm sinks and "shiplap" paneling en vogue. Now they're promoting their favorite duo Johnnyswim as headliners at "Silobration" (the annual fan festival held at their company headquarters in Waco, Texas). Joanna says she and Chip can't get enough of the singers' new album. "Johnnyswim's music speaks to us on so many different levels," she says. "We fall in love all over again while listening to Georgica Pond." [Click here to listen to Georgica Pond on Spotify.] The second full-length release from Johnnyswim captures the days and nights of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, two songwriters married to music (and each other). Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville with collaborators such as Vince Gill ("Lonely Nig ...
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Why Barbra Streisand Is The World's Last Great Superstar
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"Oh, dear -- I'm not wearing the right shoes for this!" were the first words Barbra Streisand ever said to me. And I fell in love, as I knew I would. Exactly 10 years ago I was one of two "civilians" invited to One&Only Palmilla, the luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, to help surprise John Travolta for his 50th birthday with a weekend-long celebration that had megawatt co-hosts Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand leading the celebrity-filled festivities. The resort welcomed Tony Bennett, Sean Penn, Meg Ryan, Robin Williams, Sylvester Stallone (whom I overheard ask a bartender "How do you say 'tequila' in Spanish?"), Kirstie Alley, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Gayle King (the best airplane companion and dance partner), Carly Simon, Cal Ripken, Jr., Buzz Aldrin, Laura Dern, Forest Whitaker and on and on and on -- an impossibly dense galaxy of superstars -- and me. It was quite the weekend. At the culmination of the remarkable activities was an all-star concert (To ...
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Doug Aitken's Train of Flame
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Snaking low through the desert chaparral, an animated ribbon of light pulsed through the darkness, like a lightning ball or the aurora borealis, but making almost human gestures. The long slashes of light raced forward, lingering over objects of interest, then shook in staccato bursts, pausing as though asking questions. Seen from the desert outside Winslow, Arizona, it was apparent that Doug Aitken's piece, which he called a "nomadic light sculpture," was dancing over the outer walls of a moving train silhouetted in the full moonlight. The eight-car train was carrying his rock-tour-like art collaboration, "Station to Station," across the country from NYC to San Francisco. But this sculpture didn't behave as though it were fixed to anything. It flickered like tongues of fire. The lights were reactive. They acknowledged the presence of a gas station and clouds that obscured the moonlight, of people, of the changing speed of the clacking wheels, of a stand of cottonwood, of the ...
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Disco queen Donna Summer laid to rest in Nashville
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Donna Summer Family and some of her closest friends helped celebrate the life of Donna Summer at the singer’s funeral. A private memorial service was held Wednesday for Summer at Christ Presbyterian in Nashville, Tenn., where she had been a resident since 1995. Summer, deemed the “Queen of Disco” for hits like “I Feel Love,” ”Love to Love You Baby” and “Last Dance,” died May 17 of lung cancer at 63 in Naples, Fla. Producer and close friend David Foster performed “The Prayer” with Natalie Grant. Summer’s sisters, Linda Gaines Lotman, Mary Ellen Bernard, Dara Bernard and Jenette Yancey, sang “We’ve Come This Far By Faith.” Other guests included producer Giorgio Moroder and Tony Orlando. Summer is survived by husband Bruce Sudano; three daughters, Brooklyn, Mimi and Amanda; and four grandchildren.
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Donna Summer's Funeral Brings Out Music Legends
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Family and some of her closest friends helped celebrate the life of Donna Summer at the singer's funeral. A private memorial service was held Wednesday for Summer at Christ Presbyterian in Nashville, Tenn., where she had been a resident since 1995. Summer, deemed the "Queen of Disco" for hits like "I Feel Love," "Love to Love You Baby" and "Last Dance," died May 17 of lung cancer at 63 in Naples, Fla. Producer and close friend David Foster performed "The Prayer" with Natalie Grant. Summer's sisters, Linda Gaines Lotman, Mary Ellen Bernard, Dara Bernard and Jenette Yancey, sang "We've Come This Far By Faith." Other guests included producer Giorgio Moroder and Tony Orlando. Summer is survived by husband Bruce Sudano; three daughters, Brooklyn, Mimi and Amanda; and four grandchildren.
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For Disco's First Diva, It's Still Not Last Dance
NYTimes - over 13 years
Disco music has faded, but Donna Summer hasn't. The uncontested Queen of Disco, a sultry singer whose music defined an era, Ms. Summer says she is no longer a diva, no longer a sex goddess, no longer locked into the music of the 1970's. After several years without making a record, she has released one album, is starting another and plans a concert
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POP REVIEW;A Disco Queen Parades Her Greatest Hits
NYTimes - almost 21 years
With wind blowing her hair back, steam rising from beneath her feet and more than a dozen different colored spotlights converging on her, Donna Summer strutted and sang on Wednesday night at Radio City Music Hall as if her reign as crown diva of disco and pop had never come to an end. Like Ms. Summer's 21-year recording career, the sold-out concert
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bruce Sudano
  • 2015
    Age 66
    In the fall of 2015 Sudano released a new album, The Burbank Sessions.
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  • 2014
    Age 65
    While playing shows throughout 2014 with his newly formed Candyman Band, he continued writing and incorporated the new material into the sets.
    More Details Hide Details Once the dates for the year were concluded, he went into his rehearsal studio and recorded these new songs as he performed them, giving the CD a spontaneous and almost live feel. He followed the release with a run of US shows and an extensive European tour.
    In 2014, after the death of his wife, Sudano released the CD With Angels On A Carousel.
    More Details Hide Details Here he delicately and soulfully crafted songs that reflected his experience through this difficult experience.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    On May 17, 2012, Donna Summer Sudano died from lung cancer.
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  • 2009
    Age 60
    Sudano's third solo record Life and the Romantic was released in 2009 and won the New Music Weekly Adult Contemporary Song of the Year award for the track "It's Her Wedding Day" which Sudano wrote about his daughter Amanda's marriage to her Johnnyswim bandmate Abner Ramirez.
    More Details Hide Details Johnnyswim performed with Sudano on the track "Morning Song". The song "A Glass of Red & the Sunset" and "Beyond Forever" have performed well on the smooth jazz charts.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    In 2004, Sudano released a second solo record called Rainy Day Soul and scored three top ten Adult Contemporary hits and earned him the New Music Weekly 2004 Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year award.
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  • 1986
    Age 37
    In 1986, he co-wrote "Closest Thing To Perfect", the title track for the John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis movie Perfect.
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  • 1984
    Age 35
    In 1984, Sudano wrote "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)" with Michael Omartian. Jermaine Jackson and Michael Jackson recorded the song as a duet for the album Jermaine Jackson. The song was nominated at the 1985 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, the song was covered by Robert Palmer. During the same period he co-wrote four songs on Summer's She Works Hard For The Money album. One of which was the adult contemporary hit, "Love Has A Mind of Its Own".
  • 1981
    Age 32
    Sudano was signed as a solo artist by RCA and released his first record The Fugitive Kind in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details It featured a song "Starting Over Again" that Sudano had co-written with his wife Donna Summer about his parents' divorce. In 1980, the song was recorded and released by Dolly Parton on the album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly, and hit #1 on the U.S. country charts on May 24, 1980. The song was recorded by Reba McEntire in 1995. Sudano spent two decades managing Summer's career. They toured together, with Sudano playing keyboards and singing background vocals.
  • 1980
    Age 31
    Three years after their first meeting, Sudano and Donna Summer were married by Pastor Jack Hayford on July 16, 1980 at The Church on the Way in Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details He became the step-father of Summer's daughter Mimi, from her first marriage to Austrian actor Helmut Sommer. Sudano and Summer had two more daughters together. Sudano and his family settled on a 56-acre ranch in Thousand Oaks, California. The couple's first child, Brooklyn, was born in 1981 and named after Sudano's hometown. Their youngest daughter Amanda Grace was born on August 11, 1982. In 1991 the family moved to Connecticut and remained there for four years. In 1995, they relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, keeping a second home in Englewood, Florida and later buying a third home in Manhattan.
  • 1977
    Age 28
    On March 13, 1977 Sudano met Donna Summer, who was signed to Casablanca Records.
    More Details Hide Details Casablanca was the distributor for Sudano's label Millennium Records. The Brooklyn Dreams and Summer immediately began writing songs together and within a few months Sudano and Summer were dating. In 1978, the band penned "Take It to the Zoo" with Summer for the Thank God It's Friday soundtrack. The same year, the Brooklyn Dreams appeared in the movie American Hot Wax performing as the Planotones, a group created for the movie with long time friend Kenny Vance. They scored a Top 5 hit when they appeared on the single "Heaven Knows" with Esposito and Summer singing a duet. The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became a certified million-selling Gold single in 1979. In 1979, Brooklyn Dreams and Summer wrote the title track "Bad Girls" for the best selling album of Summers' career Bad Girls. In addition to the title track, Sudano also co-wrote the songs "Lucky" and "On My Honor" with Summer and Harold Faltermeyer as well as "Can't Get to Sleep At Night" with Bob Conti. He then wrote the song "I'm A Rainbow", which was the title track to Summer's next LP. Unfortunately, it was shelved by Geffen Records and not released until 1996.
    In 1977, Sudano, Esposito and Hokenson moved to Los Angeles, formed the band Brooklyn Dreams and signed a recording deal with Millennium Records.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Skip Konte of Three Dog Night produced their first self-titled debut. The trio scored a modest hit with the single "Music, Harmony and Rhythm", which they performed on American Bandstand.
  • 1973
    Age 24
    In 1973, Sudano returned to Brooklyn where he continued writing and performing but also began rehearsing and playing gigs with Joe "Bean" Esposito, Eddie Hokenson and Louis Hokenson.
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  • 1972
    Age 23
    Alive N Kickin' did a promotional tour of the United States as the opening act for Chicago and Frank Zappa. However, Sudano left Alive 'N Kickin' in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles, California where wrote and performed folk songs as a solo singer.
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  • 1968
    Age 19
    In 1968 Sudano became the keyboard player in the pop rock band Alive N Kickin', which he co-founded with Pepe Cardona.
    More Details Hide Details Tommy James wrote a song for the band called "Tighter, Tighter" with Bob King. James also produced the track and sang backing vocals. The song was released on Roulette Records in 1970 and went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 1948
    Born on September 26, 1948.
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