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Donna Summer

About

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known professionally as Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s and became known as the "Queen of Disco", while her music gained a global following.Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. In 1968, she joined a German adaptation of the musical Hair in Munich, where she spent several years living, acting, and singing. There, she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and they went on to record influential disco hits together such as "Love to Love You Baby" and "I Feel Love", marking Summer's breakthrough into international music markets. Summer returned to the United States in 1976, and more hits such as "Last Dance", her version of "MacArthur Park", "Heaven Knows", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "Dim All the Lights", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" with Barbra Streisand, and "On the Radio" followed.

Summer amassed a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the Top 10. 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". She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach the top of the US Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a 12-month period. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B Singles chart in the US and a number-one single in the United Kingdom. Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)". While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned in subsequent decades, Summer remained a force on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart throughout her entire career.

Summer died on May 17, 2012, from lung cancer, at her home in Naples, Florida. She sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She won five Grammy Awards. 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." Moroder described Summer's work on the song "I Feel Love" as "really the start of electronic dance" music. In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Billboard ranked her sixth on its list of the "Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists".

Articles

July 29, 2022

Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Has Officially Arrived

Queen Bey samples a Donna Summer classic on "Summer Renaissance" and gets sexy on "Cuff It"

www.rollingstone.com

May 4, 2022

Oscar Winner Ariana DeBose to Host 2022 Tony Awards

DeBose was nominated for a Tony four years ago for playing “Disco Donna” in 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.'

www.billboard.com

February 15, 2022

Juliette Lewis on the Music That Made Her

The magnetic actress chronicles the songs and albums that have shaped her life, from Donna Summer’s disco escapism to Cat Power’s vast optimism.

pitchfork.com

November 13, 2021

Jeff Wald, Producer & Manager for Donna Summer, Sylvester Stallone Dies at 77

Jeff Wald, who served as a longtime manager of producer and boxing promoter, died on Nov. 12. He was 77.

www.billboard.com

October 20, 2021

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs cover ‘Hot Stuff’ by Donna Summer

All Profits go to Sunderland's Pop Recs in memory of Frankie & The Heartstrings' Dave Harper The post Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs cover ‘Hot Stuff’ by Donna Summer appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

October 12, 2021

Ariana Grande Cries as She Eliminates Contestant on ‘The Voice’: Watch

The Team Ariana singers went full throttle with a performance of "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," the 1979 hit recorded by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer.

www.billboard.com

Discs

I'm a Rainbow: Recovered & Recoloured

November 19, 2021

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Back Where You Belong (Jean Tonique Remix)

October 29, 2021

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I'm a Rainbow (Junior's Shiny Rainbow Edit)

October 8, 2021

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Leave Me Alone (Ladies on Mars "Independence" Remix)

September 24, 2021

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Brooklyn (Ladies on Mars "Child of Rhythm" Extended Remix)

September 10, 2021

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Brooklyn (Ladies on Mars "Child of Rhythm" Remix-Radio Edit)

August 27, 2021

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You to Me (Oliver Nelson Remix)

July 30, 2021

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I Believe (In You) [Figo Sound Radio Version]

July 9, 2021

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I Believe (In You) [Figo Sound Version]

June 25, 2021

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The Wanderer (40th Anniversary)

October 16, 2020

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The Wanderer (Figo Sound Full Mix)

October 9, 2020

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The Wanderer (Figo Sound Radio Mix)

October 2, 2020

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Nightlife (Le Flex Sunset Remix)

September 25, 2020

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Nightlife (Le Flex Sunset Remix) [Radio Edit]

September 18, 2020

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Hot Stuff

September 18, 2020

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Looking Up (Figo Sound Version)

September 4, 2020

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Looking Up (Figo Sound Extended Version)

September 4, 2020

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Grand Illusion (Le Flex Poolside Mix)

July 31, 2020

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Hot Stuff (Ralphi Rosario And Erick Ibiza 2018 Rework)

March 23, 2018

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Bad Girls

December 8, 2017

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MacArthur Park (Rosabel's 2013 Club Mixes)

January 1, 2013

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Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) [Chromeo & Oliver Remix]

January 1, 2013

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Love To Love You Donna

January 1, 2013

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To Paris With Love

August 9, 2010

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Fame (The Game) Remixes

November 18, 2008

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It's Only Love

June 6, 2008

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Crayons

May 20, 2008

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Stamp Your Feet Remixes

May 19, 2008

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Stamp Your Feet

April 15, 2008

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I'm A Fire

March 11, 2008

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Power Of Love

February 7, 2006

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Love Is The Healer

November 26, 1999

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I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro')

July 20, 1999

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VH1 Presents Live & More Encore!

June 21, 1999

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I Will Go with You

February 10, 1999

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I'm a Rainbow (Re-Mastered & Expanded)

August 20, 1996

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I Feel Love (Masters At Work / Faithless Remixes)

January 1, 1995

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Mistaken Identity (Re-Mastered & Expanded)

August 23, 1991

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Mistaken Identity

August 23, 1991

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Another Place & Time

March 20, 1989

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Another Place & Time (Re-Mastered & Expanded)

March 20, 1989

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Another Place & Time (30th Anniversary Edition)

March 20, 1989

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All Systems Go (Re-Mastered & Expanded)

September 15, 1987

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All Systems Go

September 15, 1987

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Cats Without Claws

September 11, 1984

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Cats Without Claws (Re-Mastered & Expanded)

September 11, 1984

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A Hot Summer Night (Live at Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, California, 6th August 1983) (audio Version)

January 1, 1983

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She Works Hard For The Money

January 1, 1983

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Donna Summer

July 19, 1982

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Donna Summer (Re-Mastered & Expanded)

July 19, 1982

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The Wanderer (Re-Mastered & Expanded)

October 20, 1980

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The Wanderer

October 20, 1980

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Bad Girls (Deluxe Edition)

April 25, 1979

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Live And More

August 31, 1978

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Once Upon A Time

October 31, 1977

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I Remember Yesterday

May 13, 1977

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Four Seasons Of Love (Reissue)

October 11, 1976

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A Love Trilogy

March 5, 1976

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Love To Love You Baby

August 27, 1975

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Lady Of The Night (Remastered)

February 26, 1974

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