Donna Summer (soul/disco diva)

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Not to be confused with the breakcore band by the same name

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Legal name: Donna Gaines


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 130 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". She became known as the "Queen of Disco", while her music gained a global following.

Diagnosed with lung cancer, 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.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1974 Lady of the Night 3 2
1975 Love to Love You Baby 5 2
1976 A Love Trilogy 5 2
1976 Four Seasons of Love 4.5 2
1977 I Remember Yesterday 4 3
1977 Once Upon a Time... 5 2
1979 Bad Girls 5 5
1980 The Wanderer 4 1
1982 Donna Summer 5 2
1983 She Works Hard for the Money 4.5 2
1984 Cats Without Claws 4 2
1987 All Systems Go 3.5 1
1989 Another Place and Time 4 3
1991 Mistaken Identity 3 1
1994 Christmas Spirit 4 1
1994 Na Na Hey Hey 1 2
1995 Nice to See You 1 1
1996 I'm a Rainbow 3.5 1
2008 Crayons 4.5 2
The Wanderer / She Works Hard for the Money 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II 5 2
1980 Walk Away: The Best of Donna Summer (1977-1980) 1
1987 The Dance Collection: A Compilation of Twelve Inch Singles 5 2
1990 The Best of Donna Summer 1
1991 This Time I Know It's for Real 1
1993 The Donna Summer Anthology 2
1994 Endless Summer: Donna Summer's Greatest Hits 3
1995 Greatest Hits 1
1998 Greatest Hits 1
2000 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Donna Summer 3
2003 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer 1
2003 The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer 3
2004 The Ultimate Collection 1
2005 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Donna Summer 1
2005 Gold 1
2011 Donna Summer 1
2013 I Feel Love: The Collection 1
2014 Donna 1
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer, Volume 2 1
Best of Donna Summer 1
Grand Collection 1
Greatest Hits History 1
Shout It Out 1
The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Live and More 5 2
1983 Hot Summer Night 1
1999 VH1 Presents Live & More Encore! 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2013 Love to Love You Donna 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1974 Denver Dream 3 1
1974 The Hostage 4 1

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