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Amber Riley visits “MacArthur Park” for Pride: VIDEO

When it comes to remaking a gay dancefloor classic, let alone a Donna Summer classic, you better BRING IT!  In her new cover of the iconic “MacArthur Park,” stage and screen star Amber Riley powerhouse not only brings it all; but she’s got pop star Micah McLaurin on piano and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The Grammy winning, 1968 Jimmy Webb tune has been covered many times by many people, the most famous being by the queen of disco, Donna Summer in 1978.  While almost everyone has danced to “MacArthur Park” few of us can make heads or tails out of the lyrics.  Apparently we’ve been over thinking it.

In an October 2014 interview with Newsday, Webb explained:

“Everything in the song was visible. There’s nothing in it that’s fabricated. The old men playing checkers by the trees, the cake that was left out in the rain, all of the things that are talked about in the song are things I actually saw. And so it’s a kind of musical collage of this whole love affair that kind of went down in MacArthur Park.”


According to, Riley will perform the song with McLaurin at Chicago Pride June 23, their first live performance of the song. The track is also available on all major music streaming services.


Read our previous Pride Month 2024 posts:

“Proud Out Loud! – PRIDE 2024”

“Gilbert Baker’s Gift of Pride — The Rainbow Flag” 

“Make Your Voice Heard and Vote with Pride”

“Music of Pride – The Classics” 

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