Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Pop Singer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known professionally as Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter. 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.

Full Name
LaDonna Adrian Gaines
Dec 31, 1948
May 17, 2012
5' 6.9"
Net Worth


Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines) was born on December 31, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the eldest of seven children and had a strict religious upbringing. She started singing in church at the age of 10 and performed with her local gospel group throughout her teenage years. Growing up in the 1950s, she was exposed to many musical styles including blues, jazz, rock and roll, and soul music.

At 17 years old, Summer moved to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. She released her debut single "Sally Go Round the Roses" in 1971 but it failed to chart. In 1975 she signed with Casablanca Records and released her first album Lady of the Night which yielded the hits "Love To Love You Baby" and "Try Me, I Know We Can Make It". Her next two albums A Love Trilogy (1976) and Four Seasons of Love (1976) were more successful as they spawned several hit singles.

In 1977 Summer collaborated with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte to release the disco anthem "I Feel Love". The song topped both American and European charts became one of the most influential songs ever recorded. In 1979 Summer released Bad Girls which became her most commercially successful album reaching number one on both American and British charts. The album spawned four top-ten singles including "Hot Stuff" which won a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1980.

Summer continued to release popular albums throughout the 1980s winning three more Grammy Awards before retiring from public life after suffering from depression during this period. After a renewed interest in Summer's work in 1992 she returned to recording releasing an album of new material titled Crayons in 2008 which earned a Grammy Award nomination for best dance/electronic Album. Donna Summer died on May 17, 2012 at 63 years old from lung cancer at her home in Naples Florida surrounded by family members.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1948</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Donna Summer is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On December 31, 1948, Donna Summer is born in Boston, Massachusetts.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1968</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs with European Label</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Summer signs a contract with the German label Groovy Records and moves to Germany.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1975</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases First U.S. Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Summer releases her first U.S. album, Lady of the Night, which goes on to be gold certified.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Summer wins a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her song "Love to Love You Baby".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Release of Greatest Hits Double Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Summer releases a double album entitled On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1983</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Release of She Works Hard for the Money</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Summer releases her best selling single, "She Works Hard for the Money", which becomes an anthem for women's rights.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Summer is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, becoming the first female artist to receive the honor.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's a Pioneer of Disco Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Donna Summer was a pioneer of the disco genre and one of its most iconic voices. She was the first artist to have four number-one singles in the US from an album, and her influence on pop music is still felt today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She Was Influential in Women's Rights Movements</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Donna Summer was an advocate of women's rights, using her platform to speak out against sexism and discrimination. She often wrote lyrics that celebrated female empowerment, which made her an icon for many women during the 1970s.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> Her Music Is Timeless</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Donna Summer had a unique voice and style that transcended generations. Her songs are still popular today, with her music being sampled by many modern artists. Even today, listening to Donna Summer's music brings joy to people around the world.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First female artist to have three consecutive #1 hits</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Donna Summer was the first female artist to have three consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs were “Love To Love You Baby”, “Try Me, I Know We Can Make It”, and “I Feel Love”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Grammy Award Winner</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Donna Summer won five Grammy Awards throughout her career, including Best R&B Performance for “She Works Hard For The Money” in 1984.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Worked with Giorgio Moroder</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Donna Summer worked extensively with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, who helped create some of her most iconic tracks such as “Love To Love You Baby” and “Bad Girls”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Donna Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, becoming the first female artist to be inducted solely for her work in the disco genre.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Was Part of the Band Crow</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before launching her solo career, Donna Summer was a member of the band Crow, where she sang lead vocals and wrote some of their songs.</p></div>


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