Dinner with Gershwin (4:38)

Cover of Donna Summer: Gold

From Donna Summer: Gold and 8 other releases

“Dinner with Gershwin” is song written by Brenda Russell. It was first recorded by Donna Summer in 1987, which Russell co-produced with Richard Perry. “Dinner With Gershwin” was the first single off Summer’s All Systems Go album which was Summer’s first album of new material released in four years. “Dinner With Gershwin” returned Summer to the Billboard R&B Top Ten - at #10 - for a final time but became the first lead single off a Donna Summer album of new material since 1978 to fall short of the Pop Top 40, peaking at #48. “Dinner With Gershwin” was better received on the UK charts entering the Top 30 in November 1987, with Summer’s 19 November appearance on Top of the Pops - her first - assisting the track to a #13 peak.

The song was edited from the original album version for its release as a single, and the 12” edition also contained an exclusive non-album track called “Tearin’ Down The Walls.” Brenda Russell later recorded her own version of the song for her 1990 album Kiss Me With The Wind.


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