Donna Summer, also known as LaDonna Adrian Gaines, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 31, 1948. She won numerous awards for her talents within the music industry, and inspired a variety of artists within the genre of disco. She began her career at the age of 10 years old, where she performed consistently with her church. Her career took off once she auditioned to be a part of the production of “Hair,” which took place in Munich, Germany. Once she got the part, she continued to pursue a career in music where she appeared in various musicals and also sang backup vocals and recorded many demo tapes in the recording studio.
Summer’s released another album in 1978, which was titled: “Live and More,” and it became her first piece to reach No. 1 on the Billboard album charts, and it also allowed for her first No. 1 single in “MacArthur Park,” where she was a featured artist. After a year passed, she was able to achieve the most successful commercial record of her career with the album called, “Bad Girls,” which quickly reached two No.1 singles, “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” which made Donna Summer the first female artist to get three No. 1 songs in a single calendar year (1978-1979).
Unfortunately, in the month of May 2012, Donna Summer passed away from lung cancer in her home in Naples, Florida. The singer had been battling cancer for years, and sadly passed away because of it. Although the popularity of her music decreased after the end of the Disco era; Donna Summer will still be remembered as one of the greatest singers of our lifetime.