Donna Summer
* December 31, 1948 † May 17, 2012
United States
Solo Artist
Donna Summer, born as LaDonna Adrian Gaines, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s.

Her lifetime in music was a study in contrasts: The Queen Of Disco who was a church-reared gospel singer throughout childhood, and wrote most of her own songs; the Diva De Tutti Dive, the first true pop diva of the modern era, who spent her formative years in a psychedelic rock band, even auditioned for Broadway’s Hair in the early ’70s. She did not get the part, but when Hair opened in Germany, Boston’s LaDonna Adrian Gaines (1948-2012) was cast as Sheila.

She settled in Germany and began a long-term association with Munich song­writers-producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. They heard her demo lyric "love to love you baby" and at Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart's request, turned it into a 17-minute opus of orgasmic delight (Donna said she was evoking Marilyn Monroe).

The song was Donna Summer's US chart debut and first of nineteen #1 Dance hits between '75 and 2008 (second only to Madonna).

Donna Summer made chart history in 1978-80, as the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs hit #1: Live And More, Bad Girls and On The Radio. She was also the first female artist with four #1 singles in a 13-month period: “MacArthur Park,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and “No More Tears” (with Barbra Streisand). Her first US-recorded LP, 1982’s self-titled Donna Summer, produced by Quincy Jones, featured Bruce Spring­steen, Roy Bittan and many American rockers.

She Works Hard For The Money kept Donna on top in 1983, followed by the Top 10 This Time I Know It’s For Real in 1989. Starting in 2009, she extended her string of #1 US dance hits with I’m A Fire, Stamp Your Feet, Fame (The Game) and To Paris With Love.

Endless covers and sampling of Donna Summer's music by producers and djs have kept the five-time Grammy Award-winner’s pioneering body of work on the front-line.

Diagnosed with lung cancer, Donna Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida, after a battle with the disease.

Donna Summer was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
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