Donna Summers by Tyria Gilmore

Thesis: Donna Summers was the most prominent figure in Disco due to her beauty and talents.

Disco is a genre of music that emerged from urban night life in the 1970s.  Disco was catered to Blacks, Latinos, and gays.The first disco qua disco hit was Gloria Gaynor’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” (1974), one of the first records mixed specifically for club play. As disco evolved into its own genre in the United States, its range of influences included upbeat tracks from Motown, choppy version of funk, the sweet melodies and polite rhythmic pulse of Philidaephia even the most compelling polyrhythms of nascent. Latin American salsa. Its lyrics generally promoted party culture.

As the dance-floor mania developed into a more upscale trend, the cruder sensuality of funk was eclipsed by the more polished Philadelphia sound and the controlled energy of what came to be known as Eurodisco.

A famous artist during this time was Donna Summer. She was born on December 31, 1948 in Boston, MA. She was the third of seven kids. Her dad was a butcher and her mom was a teacher. She performed in musicals while in school but soon left Boston for New York. Once she left she joined a band and began to take her music career serious. Summer’s first album was Lady of the night It became a hit in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Belgium on the strength of two songs, “The Hostage” and the title track “Lady of the Night”. “The Hostage” reached the top of the charts in France, but was removed from radio playlists in Germany because of the song’s subject matter; a high ranking politician that had recently been kidnapped and held for ransom.

Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on Billboard‘s album chart: Live and More, Bad Girls and On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II. She became a cultural icon and her prominence on the dance charts, for which she was referred to as the Queen of Disco, made her not just one of the defining voices of that era, but also an influence on pop artists from Madonna to Beyoncé. Donna was known for having very powerful vocals. And she left an impact on the world because she was considers a black sheep in the music industry but ended up becoming the queen of disco.

Conclusion: Donna Summers changed Disco for the better. She has inspired many big artists today such as Beyonce and Disclosure.

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