Donna Summer

Donna Summer



LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012),[1] widely known by her stage name based on her married name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 230 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B charts in the U.S. and a number-one in the U.K.[2]

Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top ten hits (10 were top five hits), more than any other act during that time period. She returned to the Hot 100's top five in 1983, and claimed her final top ten hit in 1989 with "This Time I Know It's for Real". Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with "I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)". While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs chart over her entire career.

While influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Black Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she left New York and spent several years living, acting, and singing in Europe, where she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.

Summer returned to the U.S., in 1975 after the commercial success of the song "Love to Love You Baby", which was followed by a string of other hits, such as "I Feel Love", "Last Dance", "MacArthur Park", "Heaven Knows", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "Dim All the Lights", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (duet with Barbra Streisand), and "On the Radio". She became known as the Queen of Disco, while her music gained a global following.[3]

Summer died on May 17, 2012, from lung cancer, at her home in Naples, Florida.[4] In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the "undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom" who reached the status of "one of the world's leading female singers."[3] Giorgio Moroder described Summer's work with him on the song "I Feel Love" as "really the start of electronic dance" music.[5] In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[6] In December 2016, Billboard ranked her as the 6th most successful dance artist of all-time.[7]



Summer: The Original Hits
Summer: The Original Hits is an album by musical artist Donna Summer, released on April 20, 2018.
I Feel Love
"I Feel Love" is a song by American recording artist Donna Summer, produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.
Hot Stuff
"Hot Stuff" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her seventh studio album Bad Girls (1979), produced by Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, and released as the lead single from Bad Girls on April 13, 1979, through Casablanca Records.
Love to Love You Baby
"Love to Love You Baby" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her second studio album Love to Love You Baby (1975).

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From Cher to Donna Summer to Tina Turner to...: Crafting a Successful Bio-Musical (Exclusive)
  –  November 1, 2018
Elice asked himself as he began to transform the singer’s life into ... their personal stories and music for the stage, including the current productions Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and a number of past ...
Giorgio Moroder Is Touring For the First Time, Will Play Along With Videos of Donna Summer
  –  October 10, 2018
Giorgio Moroder—electronic music pioneer, disco innovator ... The band will also supposedly be playing along to video clips of Donna Summer singing her Moroder-produced hits. Of the tour, Moroder told The Guardian: “It is something I have always ...
On Broadway: Shows that highlight music beloved by baby boomers, from Springsteen to Jimmy Buffett and Donna Summer
  –  September 14, 2018
... Broadway” or follow along as three actresses portray Donna Summer (from child to disco queen to diva supreme) in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” Dance music is an international language. It’s got a beat you can dance to in any country.
CAIN: Madonna? Donna Summer? Here are my 5 picks for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honorees
  –  October 20, 2018
And since Madonna has been in the Hall for 10 years and Donna Summer has been in for five ... But if someone demands an explanation of why the king of country music is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the best reason might be how Williams exemplified ...
Donna Summer impersonator Rainere Martin talks Legends in Concert
  –  October 8, 2018
Donna Summer has a huge fan-base down there," she said. Martin was pleased that Donna Summer got her due in the music industry with a posthumous induction into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013. "It was well-deserved," Martin said.
  –  September 4, 2018
But, above all, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is an effusive musical biography that even those unfamiliar with Summer’s music and personal history will smile through from start to finish.

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