In the wake of the shocking news that Donna Summer has passed away at the age of 63, Karen Blake called in to Paula Street Thursday morning to share some fond memories of the singer when she met her during her late-70s peak.
Karen was fortunate enough to attend a small, private concert featuring Summer at one of her former radio stations, and got to hang out with her a couple of times. She could tell Summer was thrilled to be home.
“She just loved being with all her friends in Boston, as you can imagine growing up in Dorchester,” she said.
Karen also shared a funny story about Summer from that time. She once told Summer “Good luck with everything,” to which she replied “Karen, I don’t believe in luck.”
Karen also said “Bad Girls” will always be one of her absolute favorite songs, not just by Summer but by anybody, and popular songs like “Last Dance” at events will help her voice live on forever.
“You know at every wedding, every club, they always end the night with ‘Last Dance,’ Karen said. “That will be her legacy.”
Karen also commented on how Summer soured on her own song “Love to Love You Baby” in recent years, even refusing to sing it at one point. Listen to Karen & Paula remembering Donna Summer below.