The Wanderer (Donna Summer song)

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"The Wanderer"
Single by Donna Summer
from the album The Wanderer
B-side Stop Me
Released September, 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980
Genre Pop rock, new wave[1]
Length 3:45
Label Geffen, Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte
Donna Summer singles chronology
"Walk Away"
(1980)
"The Wanderer"
(1980)
"Cold Love"
(1980)

"The Wanderer" is the million-selling Gold-certified title track from the 1980 album of the same name which was the first for her new label, Geffen Records, after recording her previous albums with Casablanca Records. Despite the label change, Summer continued to work with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte who had produced the majority of her disco hits in the late 1970s. However, "The Wanderer" marks a change in style for the queen of 70's disco, incorporating heavy new wave styled synth riffs and a shuffling beat.

Vocally, it was a return to her understated 1975 debut sound - soft, whispery phrases were the norm in this song, taking on an almost Elvis Presley effect, instead of the power belt she had used often since her album Once Upon a Time and single "Last Dance".

This first 45 from the album became a big hit for Summer in the United States - peaking at Number 3 on the Hot 100 singles chart and reaching #2 in Cash Box magazine as well. It was Donna's eleventh single to sell over a million copies in the US. A 12" promotional single was issued, however, unlike all her Top 40 hits prior to this one, it was not an extended version.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Dutch GfK chart[2] 30
Dutch Top 40 26
UK Singles Chart[3] 48
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://popdust.com/2012/05/17/donna-summer-disco-diva-eulogy/ "Summer (...) made a successful transition to the new wave era, having top five hits in the early ’80s with “The Wanderer”"
  2. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Discografie Donna Summer". © 2006-2011 Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats: Donna Summer". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Donna Summer > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 

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