Donna Summer died May 17, 2012.
upon a time, a young girl stood in front of the parishioners in a Boston
church. She opened her mouth to sing, and a huge voice came out
moving the congregation to tears. At that moment the girl heard the
voice of God tell her, "You're gonna be famous." From that
time on, the girl knew that she was destined for greatness. That girl
grew up to become Donna Summer.
Most people know about her hits. Great songs like
"Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "On The Radio"
and "She Works Hard For The Money." What most people don't
know is that Donna started off as Donna Gaines in a rock band called The
Crow. And that when the band broke up, she left school to be in the
German production of the musical Hair. Once in Germany, there was no
stopping Donna. She was active in musical theater, playing in such shows
as "Showboat," "Porgy And Bess," and "The Me
Nobody Knows." In 1971 she cut her first solo record,
"Sally Go 'Round The Roses."
By 1974, and now going by the name Donna Summer,
she was doing a great deal of session work which brought her into
contact with producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Together they
recorded "The Hostage," a song which became Donna's first hit
in Europe. An album and a few more European hits followed. Then in 1975,
Donna recorded "Love To Love You Baby," the song that finally
brought her success in America. The rest is history.
Since then Donna Summer racked up fourteen top ten hits,
four number one singles, three platinum albums, five Grammy awards and
eleven other Grammy nominations. She was the first female artist to have
three number one solo singles in one year ("MacArthur Park,"
"Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls") and she was the only
artist to have three number one double albums in a row ("Live And
More," "Bad Girls," and "On The Radio"). Over
the years, Donna proved herself to be a consummate artist and
songwriter. She wrote or co-wrote many of her hits.
Hit songs include --
- Bad Girls
- Four Seasons of Love
- Hot Stuff
- I Will Go With You
- I'm A Fire
- Love Is The Healer
- Love To Love You Baby
- MacArthur Park Suite
- Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved)
- No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
- Once Upon A Time
- She Works Hard For The Money
- Stamp Your Feet
- This Time, I Know It's For Real
- Try Me, I Know We Can Make It
- Dim All The Lights
- I Got Your Love
- The Power of One
- Last Dance
- On The Radio
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