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

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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.