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

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LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), widely known by her stage name based on her married name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 230 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She also charted two number-one singles on the R&B charts in the U.S. and a number-one in the U.K.

Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top ten hits (10 were top five hits), more than any other act during that time period. She returned to the Hot 100's top five in 1983, and claimed her final top ten hit in 1989 with "This Time I Know It's for Real". Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with "I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)". While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the U.S. Dance/Club Play Songs chart over her entire career.

While influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Black 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.

Summer returned to the U.S., in 1975 after the commercial success of the song "Love to Love You Baby", which was followed by 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)" (duet with Barbra Streisand), and "On the Radio". She became known as the Queen of Disco, while her music gained a global following.

Summer died on May 17, 2012, from lung cancer, at her home in Naples, Florida. In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the "undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom" who reached the status of "one of the world's leading female singers." Giorgio 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. In December 2016, Billboard ranked her as the 6th most successful dance artist of all-time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Hit Generation: Die internationalen Superhits aus 10 Jahren RTL Various Artists 1
1993 Ces années-là : 1976/1985 Various Artists 1
1993 Discomania Various Artists 1
1993 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1989 (10th Anniversary) Various Artists 1
1993 The Hot Classics Box Set Various Artists 1
1993 Close Encounters Various Artists 1
1993 Culture Dance, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Dance Classics Various Artists 1
1993 Dance Classics Gold IV Various Artists 1
1993 Dance Explosion: 50 Disco Hits From the 70’s, 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Disco Divas, 20 Dance Classics Various Artists 1
1993 Disco Highlights, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 Disco Highlights, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1993 Donna's Dansfolie 79-80-81 Various Artists 3
1993 Fire and Passion Various Artists 1
1993 Just for You Various Artists 1
1993 Kiss and Tell Various Artists 1
1993 Lufthansa First Class: Music of the Seventies Various Artists 1
1993 Sounds of the Seventies: AM Nuggets Various Artists 1
1993 Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s Various Artists 1
1993 Super Maxi Dancer: Long Versions Only Various Artists 1
1993 Super Oldies Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of the Dance Classics Various Artists 1
1993 The Disco Box, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Entertainment Weekly DISCO Collection Various Artists 1
1993 Totally ’80s Various Artists 1
1994 Disco Nights, Volume 6: #1 Disco Hits Various Artists 1
1994 The Casablanca Records Story Various Artists 2
1994 400% Dance Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Celebration Various Artists 1
1994 Dance Classics DJ Service, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1994 Disco Nights, Volume 1: Divas of Dance Various Artists 1
1994 Disco Nights, Volume 3: The Best of EuroDisco Various Artists 1
1994 Ladies First, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Ladies First, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1994 Magic Movie Hits Various Artists 1
1994 She: The Second Album Various Artists 1
1994 Soul Train (Hall of Fame): 20th Anniversary Various Artists 1
1994 Sounds of the Seventies: Celebration Various Artists 1
1994 The 80’s Collection: 1989 Various Artists 3 1
1994 Very Best of the 80’s, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1995 Dance Now! 13 Various Artists 1
1995 Class Reunion '76 - Greatest Hits of 1976 Various Artists 1
1995 Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1980 Various Artists 1
1995 Disco Nights, Volume 7: DJ Pix Various Artists 1
1995 Mighty Real: Lifebeat Dance Classics, Volume I Various Artists 1
1995 Dance Zone 95 Various Artists 1
1995 The Braun MTV Eurochart ’95, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
1995 Los años maravillosos de los 80's Various Artists 1
1995 Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Various Artists 1
1995 Now That’s What I Call Music! 32 (UK) Various Artists 3.5 2
1995 Fetenhits: The Real Classics Various Artists 1
1995 1995 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras: The Party Anthems Various Artists 1
1995 Black Magic Woman Various Artists 1
1995 Christmas Wonderland Various Artists 1
1995 Dance Fever: The Best of Disco Various Artists 1
1995 Dance Zone Level 6 Various Artists 1
1995 Direct Hit Remix Service 15 Various Artists 1
1995 Disco Nights, Volume 8: Dance Floor Hits Various Artists 1
1995 I Love You Various Artists 1
1995 Nights in Heaven Various Artists 1
1995 Now Dance Hits 95 Various Artists 1
1995 Now Dance Hits 95, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1995 Now Dance, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
1995 Original Megahits of the 70’s Various Artists 1
1995 Party Collection, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: 1980 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: 1980–1982 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: 1983-1984 Various Artists 1
1995 The 70's: 1979 Various Artists 1
1995 The Very Best of POP Music 1980-81 Various Artists 1
1995 Totally 70's Various Artists 1
1996 The Greatest Dance Album Under the Sun! Various Artists 1
1996 Casablanca Records Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1996 Disco Kult, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1996 100% Pure Dance Various Artists 1
1996 I Am Woman Various Artists 1
1996 40 Years of Number 1’s Various Artists 1
1996 One Half of a Whole Decade Various Artists 1
1996 Pure Disco Various Artists 5 3
1996 NRG Unlimited, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Disco Mix 96 Various Artists 1
1996 The No. 1 Christmas Album Various Artists 1
1996 70’s Dance Machine Various Artists 1
1996 70’s Party Mix Various Artists 1
1996 Absolute Christmas Various Artists 1
1996 And Then She Kissed Me: 38 Classic Love Songs: Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 And They Danced the Night Away Various Artists 1
1996 Big Mix 96 Various Artists 1
1996 Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1983 Various Artists 1
1996 Dance 70’s Various Artists 1
1996 Dance Zone Level 7 Various Artists 1
1996 Disco Nights, Volume 10: Disco's Greatest Movie Hits Various Artists 1
1996 Disco People Various Artists 1
1996 Ferry Maat's Soulshow - 25th Anniversary Collection - The Seventies Part 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Funky Dance Grooves, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1996 Happy Holidays, Volume 31 Various Artists 1
1996 Les n°1 du Rock Various Artists 1
1996 Living in America: American Superhits Various Artists 1
1996 Living in America: American Superstars Various Artists 1

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