Mistaken Identity (Donna Summer album)

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Mistaken Identity
Studio album by Donna Summer
Released August 23, 1991
Recorded 1990–91; Unique Recording Studios, New York City, New York
Length 54:59
Label Atlantic
Producer Keith Diamond
Donna Summer chronology
Another Place and Time
(1989)Another Place and Time1989
Mistaken Identity
The Donna Summer Anthology
(1993)The Donna Summer Anthology1993
Singles from Mistaken Identity
  1. "When Love Cries"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Work That Magic"
    Released: November 18, 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]

Mistaken Identity is the fifteenth studio album by Donna Summer, released on August 23, 1991.

Since making her name as the biggest female star of the disco era in the 1970s, Summer had experimented with different musical genres throughout the 1980s with varying degrees of success. For Mistaken Identity, Summer adopted a more urban style. The first released single "When Love Cries", peaked at number 77 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Once again her vocal prowess is on display with tracks like "Cry of A Waking Heart", "Friends Unknown", and "Heaven's Just A Whisper Away".

Before the release of the album, New York magazine printed an article about alleged statements she had made, which cast her in a homophobic light. Summer, who had always denied making the statements, held a press conference in regard to the article printed, and again denied ever making the statements. She sued the magazine (50 million) for libel, for printing the rumour as if it was fact. The case was settled out of court but the damage had been done.

The album was not a commercial success and failed to chart on both the US Billboard 200 and UK Albums Chart. It spent a single week on the US Billboard R&B Albums chart, at #97. Although "When Love Cries" did reach #18 on the Billboard R & B charts.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Ethnic" Donna Summer, Keith Diamond, Paul Chiten, Anthony Smith, Larry Henley 5:21
2. "Body Talk" Summer, Diamond, Chiten, Smith, Henley 4:48
3. "Work That Magic" Summer, Diamond, Chiten, Smith, Henley 5:00
4. "When Love Cries" Summer, Diamond, Chiten, Smith, Henley 5:15
5. "Heaven's Just A Whisper Away" Diamond, Henley, Smith 4:06
6. "Cry Of A Waking Heart" Betsy Cook, Bruce Woolley 4:36
7. "Friends Unknown" Summer, Diamond, Smith, Vanessa Smith 3:44
8. "Fred Astaire" Summer, Diamond, Smith, Donna Wyant 4:40
9. "Say A Little Prayer" Summer, Diamond, Smith, Wyant 4:07
10. "Mistaken Identity" Summer, Diamond, Smith, Wyant 4:08
11. "What Is It You Want" Summer, Diamond, Wyant, Smith, Vince Lawrence, Dave Resnik 4:40
12. "Let There Be Peace" Summer, Diamond 3:59


  • Donna Summer - vocals, rap vocals, composer
  • Kaydee - rap vocals, drums, percussion, assorted funkiness, "Intro Madness" on "Mistaken Identity"
  • Carl James - rap vocals, bass
  • Neil Thomas - rap vocals
  • "Wrong Way" Smith - "Intro Madness" on "Mistaken Identity"
  • Keith Diamond- keyboards
  • Eve Nelson - keyboards, piano
  • Anthony Smith - keyboards
  • Vince Lawrence - keyboards
  • Dave Resnik "vibe" on "What Is It You Want"
  • Joe Taylor - guitars
  • Vicki Genfan - guitars
  • Rafe van Hoy - guitars
  • Skip McDonald - guitars
  • Paul Pesco - guitars, acoustic guitars
  • Ira Siegel - guitars
  • Joe Hornoff - drums
  • J.T. Lewis - drums
  • O.C. Rodriguez - drums
  • Bob Conti a.k.a. Bob "Mr. Shaker" Conti [3][4]- percussion
  • Steven McLoughlin - "on a Harley D" on "Body Talk"
  • Danny Wilensky - saxophone
  • The 'Heart' Strings (Suzie Schumway, Sally Schumway, Suzanne Ornstein, Ann Labin and Cathy Metz) - strings
  • Background vocals: Donna Summer; The New York crew: Craig Derry, Yogi Lee, Cliff Dawson, Biti Straughn, Lauren Kinham, Tracy Amos, 'Sabelle'; The Los Angeles crew: Marry Ellen Bernard, Gene Miller, Susan Macke
  • Album art concept: Donna Summer
  • Album cover coordination: Tracy Nicholas Bledsoe
  • Design: Bill Smith Studio, London
  • Photography: Harry Langdon, L.A.
  • Stylist: Gina Delgado


  • Produced and arranged by Keith Diamond
  • Strings on "Friends Unknown" arranged by Keith Diamond and Eve Nelson
  • Engineered by George Karras
  • Additional engineers: Bob Rosa, Acer Key, Peter Robbins, J.C. Convertino
  • Assistant engineers: Steven McLoughlin, Shawn 'Fido' Berman, Andy Udoff, Adam Yellin, Carl Glanville, Jeff Lippay, Danny & Steve, Welcome, Darien Sahanaja, Joe Seta
  • Recorded at Unique Studios, NY; Hit Factory, NY; Electric Lady, NY; Rumbo Studios, LA; Encore Studios, LA; Track Record Studios, LA; American Studios, LA; Presence Studios, CT; R.P.M. Studios, NY; Interface Studios, NY; My Blue Heaven Studios, NY
  • Studio managers: Tony Drootin - Unique, NY; Vicki Camblin - Rumbo, LA; Troy Germano - Hit Factory, NY; Bob Mason - R.P.M., NY; Daryl - Encore, LA; John Russell - Presence, CT
  • Mastered at The Hit Factory by Herb Powers


Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Work That Magic" UK Singles Chart 74
"When Love Cries" US Billboard Hot 100 77
US R&B Singles 18


  1. ^ Carpenter, Bil. "Mistaken Identity > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ Fox, Marisa (September 6, 1991). "Mistaken Identity". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bob Conti
  4. ^ https://www.discogs.com/artist/446983-Bob-Conti?filter_anv=1&anv=Bob%20'Mr.%20Shaker'%20Conti