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Donna Summer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known by her stage name, 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 140 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

While 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 Europe, where she met music producers, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte.

She returned to the United States, in 1975 with mass commercial success of the song Love to Love You Baby. Over the following years Summer followed this success with 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)", and "On the Radio". "Last Dance" won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song on the "Thank God It's Friday" movie soundtrack. She became known as the "Queen of Disco", while her music gained a global following.

Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida. In her obituary in The Times, Summer 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 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.


Donna's "Love To Love You Baby" has been an oft-repeated line in R&B and hip-hop songs most notably in Beyoncé's "Naughty Girl" single, Timbaland & Magoo's 1997 track, "Love to Love You", and TLC's 1999 album track, "I'm Good At Being Bad".
Donna's "Last Dance" and "On the Radio" was covered by Tejano/pop singer Selena, most famously at one of her last shows at the Houston Astrodome in February 26, 1995.
Donna was the only black member of her first band The Crow.
Donna cites her 1978 hit "Last Dance" as her favorite of her past recordings.
Time magazine reports that "Love to Love You Baby" featured 22 orgasms by Donna.
Donna's devout Christian parents criticized her for recording "Love to Love You Baby" with Donna's mother in disbelief that her daughter recorded the sensuous track.
Donna's successful music career has landed her as the eighth most successful recording artist in the history of Billboard behind contemporary female acts as Whitney Houston and Madonna among others.
She has been eligible for induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame since 2000 but has not been nominated to be inducted.
She was later persuaded to record "Love to Love You Baby" lying on the floor of a pitch dark studio and imagined herself as an actress (Marilyn Monroe to be precise) playing the part of someone in that role.
Donna was the first female artist to garner back-to-back multiplatinum double albums and the first female artist to incorporate synthesizers as well as the first artist to create an extended play song.
She became the first female artist in music history to have two hits in the Billboard Top 3 at the same time (with "Hot Stuff" and Bad Girls".)
She is the daughter of Andrew Gaines and Mary Ellen Gaines.
Her hit single "Melody of Love" became Billboard’s #1 Dance Record of the Year.
She began singing at the age of 8.
She has three daughters: Mimi, Brooklyn, and Amanda.
She is the only person to have guest hosted on "American Bandstand".
Donna was the first artist to score three consecutive U.S. #1 albums.
Bruce Springsteen has written two songs for her.
She ranked #37 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
She charted 21 #1 hits on the Billboard Disco/Dance charts, over a period of 25 years.
Measurements: 34 1/2-25-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
She speaks German fluently.
She placed a top forty pop hit in every year of her recording career from 1975's "Love to Love You Baby" to 1984's "There Goes My Baby".
Her hit single "Hot Stuff" won Donna a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Donna was one of the first to be inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame and was inducted twice.
Donna wrote the song, "Mimi's Song", for her eldest daughter and later donated proceeds to UNICEF.
Donna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.
The longest note held by a woman, is found in "Dim All The Lights," Donna Summer's 1979 hit (16 seconds).
She became a born-again Christian in 1979 after suffering a nervous breakdown.
She's known in Boston as the "Duchess of Dorchester".
Donna had 10 songs go to # 1 on one of Billboard's many different singles charts in the 1970's and was given the nickname of "Queen of Disco".

 

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