Donna Summer

Born 31 December 1948. Died 17 May 2012.

soul/disco diva

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Donna Summer on Later... with Jools Holland (Later Archive 2004)

Donna Summer chats to Jools and sings a Beatles classic on Later... with Jools Holland in 2004.

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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.

Born into a devoutly Christian middle-class family in Boston, Massachusetts, Summer first became involved with singing through church choir groups before joining a number of bands influenced by the Motown Sound. 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 West Germany, where she met music producers, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and married Helmut Sommer. After their divorce, she kept his surname for her stage name.[citation needed]

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Crayons

    Crayons 2008

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Donna Summer returns with an album that truly is a fine encapsulation of her career to...
  2. Review of Bad Girls - Deluxe Edition

    Bad Girls - Deluxe Edition 2003

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Where she will finally rest within the pop canon may be anyone's guess, but Bad Girls...
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