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    Donna Summer State of Independence TheLavaLizard
    Donna Summer’s ‘State of Independence’ single cover

    Did you know that Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and several other superstars once performed background vocals for Donna Summer

    Jackson and Wonder joined James IngramKenny LogginsLionel Richie and Dionne Warwick as part of an all-star choir that sang background on Summer’s 1982 ‘State of Independence’. The song, which peaked at #14 on the Official UK Singles Chart, was actually a cover of a Jon & Vangelis’ Calypso/Dance fusion hit released in 1981.

    Ironically, all of the singers featured in Summer’s ‘State of Independence’ choir appeared on Jackson’s ‘We are the World’ anthem in 1985 but she did not. Watch the video for ‘State of Independence’ and behind the scenes footage of the song’s recording below:

    Now you know!