Donna Summer Biography

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948May 17, 2012), known by her stage name, Donna Sommer, later Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 130 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

Born into a devoutly Christian middle-class family in Boston, Massachusetts, Summer first became involved with singing through church choir groups before joining a number of bands influenced by the Motown Sound. Also influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, she became the front singer of a psychedelic rock band named 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 West Germany, where she met music producers, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Also while in Europe, she married Helmut Sommer. After their divorce, she would keep his surname for her stage name; dropping the "o" and replacing it with a "u" for "Summer".

After returning to the United States, Summer co-wrote the song "Love to Love You Baby" with Pete Bellotte. The song was released in 1975 to mass commercial success. Over the following years Summer followed this success with a string of other hits, such as "I Feel Love", "Last Dance", "MacArthur Park", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "Dim All the Lights", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", and "On the Radio". She became known as the "Queen of Disco" and regularly appeared at the Studio 54 nightclub in New York City, while her music gained a global following. She struggled with depression and addiction, and subsequently she became a born-again Christian in 1980.

Diagnosed with lung cancer, Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida. She has been 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 with him 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.

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Previously unheard Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer track 'La Dolce Vita' appears online – listen

Previously unheard Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer track 'La Dolce Vita' appears online

The song will appear on a forthcoming remix album 'Love To Love You Donna'

  • Oct 15, 2013

Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Rush, Heart and Randy Newman to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The official induction ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013

  • Dec 11, 2012

Donna Summer, Deep Purple, Public Enemy nominated for Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Chic, Rush, Kraftwerk, N.W.A also on list of nominees

  • Oct 4, 2012

Private funeral held for Donna Summer in Nashville

Disco legend was buried in a quiet ceremony yesterday (May 23)

  • May 24, 2012

Donna Summer synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder: 'I'd love to work with Nicki Minaj and Rihanna'

Producer, who worked on several hits with the late disco diva, says he's ready to make a return to dance music

  • May 23, 2012

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