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: LaDonna Adrian 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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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Twogether Disco Various Artists 1
2002 Body + Soul: Ladies Got Soul Various Artists 2
2002 The Ultimate Hen Night Party Album Various Artists 1
2002 De Maxx Long Player 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Back to Mine: New Order New Order 2
2002 Bad Girls Various Artists 1
2002 Get the Party Started Various Artists 1
2002 Tony Blackburn: Soul Survivor Various Artists 1
2002 We Got the Funk Various Artists 1
2002 Duets Barbra Streisand 5
2002 Party Animal Various Artists 1
2002 DeeJay for Christmas Various Artists 1
2002 100% Hits Love Various Artists 1
2002 1000 Nadelstiche: Amerikaner & Briten singen deutsch, Volume 9: US Girls Various Artists 1
2002 Best of Formel Eins: Die Kulthits (Box) Various Artists 1
2002 Club Tropicana Various Artists 1
2002 Grandmix: The Disco Edition Ben Liebrand 1
2002 Het beste uit alle 13 goed: deel 2 Various Artists 1
2002 High School Reunion, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Mädchen präsentiert: So in Love Winter Various Artists 1
2002 Monster Disco (disc 1) Various Artists 1
2002 No molestar Various Artists 1
2002 One Shot Disco, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2002 One Shot Presents 80!! Various Artists 1
2002 Studio 54 Various Artists 1
2002 The 70s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 The Sound of Winter Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of the 80's: 1980, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of the 80's: 1983, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2002 Woman IV Various Artists 2
2003 Absolument 70: Les Plus Grands Tubes Internationaux Various Artists 1
2003 (sic): The Broklyn Beats 7"s Various Artists 1
2003 Fetenhits: The Real 70’s Various Artists 1
2003 Bild: Die 70'er! Various Artists 1
2003 Die 70er Show Various Artists 1
2003 Ultimate Disco: 30th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
2003 Wickie, Slime und Paiper XL Various Artists 1
2003 The Pink Album Various Artists 1
2003 Re-Press the 70s Soul Revival Various Artists 1
2003 Grand 12‐Inches Ben Liebrand 1
2003 Let's Groove Again Various Artists 1
2003 Hairbrush Divas Various Artists 1
2003 SATURN Party Edition: Die geilsten 70er Hits Various Artists 1
2003 The D.I.S.C.O. Album Various Artists 1
2003 Ab auf die Piste Various Artists 1
2003 FriendsReunited.co.uk '70s Party Various Artists 2
2003 Pozytywne Wibracje, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2003 Pacha Ibiza 30 Aniversario Various Artists 2
2003 40 Originele Filmhits Various Artists 1
2003 70's Soul Mix Various Artists 1
2003 Baby'O 70's Various Artists 1
2003 Capital Gold Seventies Legends Various Artists 1
2003 Classic Cuts Presents: 70’s Night: The Definitive DJ Collection: S Various Artists 1
2003 Firecamp Stories Remixes Various Artists 1
2003 Greatest Love Songs of the 70s & 80s Various Artists 1
2003 Hardware Hits: Best of the 80’s Various Artists 1
2003 Las Cien de la 100, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Long Hot Summer Various Artists 1
2003 Moonflowers & Mini-Skirts Peter Thomas 1
2003 No. 1 Disco Hits Various Artists 1
2003 One Shot Disco, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2003 Party Power Pack: 70's Kult Various Artists 1
2003 Seventies Various Artists 1
2003 Soak Up the Sun... The Girls of Summer Various Artists 1
2003 Soul Divas Various Artists 1
2003 The Ultimate Chick Flick Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2003 Top Hits of the Seventies, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2003 Ultimate Seventies: 1976 Various Artists 1
2003 Ultimate Seventies: 1979 Various Artists 1
2004 Disco Fever Various Artists 1
2004 Seventies Various Artists 1
2004 Super Stars of Seventies Soul Various Artists 1
2004 Stadion Hits Various Artists 1
2004 Fantastic No. 1s of the 70’s Various Artists 1
2004 Best of Formel Eins: Die Kulthits Various Artists 1
2004 FriendsReunited.co.uk: The Class of 1977 Various Artists 1
2004 12" of Pleasure: The Biggest Dance Anthems Various Artists 1
2004 Hopp Schwiiz Various Artists 1
2004 Disco Classics: The Greatest Disco Anthems Various Artists 1
2004 Discomania Various Artists 1
2004 Disco Fever Best Various Artists 1
2004 Everybody Dance Now! Remixed, Remodeled & Remade (Disc 1) Various Artists 1
2004 All the Hits: Radio Clyde's 30th Anniversary Various Artists 1
2004 100 Love Songs Various Artists 1
2004 Let’s Go Girls Various Artists 1
2004 Die ultimative Chart Show: Die erfolgreichsten Sängerinnen & die erfolgreichsten Sänger Various Artists 1
2004 Die Hit-Giganten: Disco Hits Various Artists 1
2004 Perfect Love Various Artists 1
2004 Smooth Jazz Cafe 6 Various Artists 2
2004 Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion Various Artists 1
2004 As 100 Mais Da Antena 1 Various Artists 1
2004 Die Hit-Giganten: Partyklassiker Various Artists 1
2004 40 Jaar Top 40: 1981-1982 Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits One Way Ticket Various Artists 5 1
2004 100 Hits Papa Was a Rolling Stone Various Artists 1
2004 Best Buy Deluxe Edition Sampler Various Artists 1
2004 Body & Soul: Love & Rhythm Various Artists 1
2004 Body & Soul: Night Moods Various Artists 1
2004 Christmas Past and Present Various Artists 1
2004 Clasicos de los 80’s Various Artists 1

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