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Yes, that’s right — it’s 1979 all over again.

By Josh Richman
Friday, December 29th, 2006 at 12:54 pm in Arnold Schwarzenegger, General.

donna-summer.jpgThis just in from the Governor’s 2007 Inaugural Committee: Paul Anka, José Feliciano, David Foster, Jennifer Holliday, and Donna Summer will be joined by the 59th Army National Guard Band and local musicians and performers from Sacramento and Los Angeles to participate in the festivities surrounding Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2007 inauguration.

“The Governor is honored to have this group of talented musicians come together as part of his inaugural celebration,” said Carl Bendix, executive producer of the Governor’s 2007 Inaugural Committee. “Each one of these groups and entertainers represents the cultural, generational and musical diversity of our great state and together they embody the Governor’s vision to make the California dream a reality for every resident of this state.”

Well, kind of. None of these headlining artists are California natives, and only Foster — a renowned producer and songwriter who’s coordinating the inaugural’s musical festivities — even lives here, in Malibu.

Guitarist Feliciano will perform the National Anthem during the Governor’s swearing-in ceremony; Tony Award-winning artist and Broadway’s original “dream girl” Jennifer Holliday will sing “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going;” and the 59th Army National Guard band, “The Governor’s Own,” will serve as the house orchestra.

Anka and Summer will entertain guests at the “Celebrate the California Dream” black-tie gala: Anka, with a special rendition of “My Way” — including new lyrics written as a tribute to the Governor — and Summer, with a full set including disco hits “Hot Stuff” and “She Works Hard For The Money.”

Who’s paying for it all? See it here. Gold sponsorship reportedly cost at least $50,000; silver, at least $15,000.

He works hard for the money, indeed.

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