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About Donna Summer
Dubbed the “Queen of Disco,” Boston-born singer and songwriter Donna Summer notched 14 Top 10 US hits in a remarkable career that spanned multiple genres, including gospel and rock.
• Summer began singing in church and later fronted a rock band called The Crow. She moved to Germany in the late ’60s after landing a role in the musical Hair.
• While working as a session vocalist in Germany, Summer met producer-songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. The three wrote 1975’s “Love to Love You Baby,” an orgasmic disco smash that reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
• Summer, Moroder, and Bellotte collaborated on numerous era-defining disco hits, including 1977’s fully synthetic “I Feel Love,” a landmark track in the history of electronic music.
• In 1979, Summer became the first female artist to score three No. 1 hits in a single year, topping the Hot 100 with “Bad Girls,” the rock-tinged “Hot Stuff,” and the Barbra Streisand duet “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”
• Summer remained relevant in the ’80s with the New Wave-influenced hits “The Wanderer” and “She Works Hard for the Money,” both of which reached the Top 5.
• In 1998, Summer won the first-ever Grammy for Best Dance Performance, for “Carry On,” produced by Moroder.
In 2013, Summer was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Boston, MA
- Dec 31, 1948
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