Donna Summer

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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, United States
December 31, 1948

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