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Donna Summer


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(1968 – 2012)

Donna Summer (born 31 December 1948, died 17 May 2012) was one of seven children raised by devout Christian parents. She sang in church, and in her teens joined a funk group called The Crow, so named because Donna was the only black member of the group. At eighteen, Gaines left home and school to audition for a role in the cast of the Broadway musical, Hair (1968). Unsuccessful in getting the part in the Broadway show (Melba Moore got the role), she was offered the European Tour when the show moved to Germany, where Summer also performed in the German versions of several musicals including Godspell and Show Boat. She settled in Munich and also performed with the Viennese Folk Opera and the pop band Munich Machine.

In 1971, Gaines released a single in Europe entitled “Sally Go ‘Round The Roses”, her first solo recording. The single was unsuccessful, however, and she had to wait until 1974 to launch a solo career. Gaines married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer (“Summer” is an Anglicization of his last name) in 1972 and gave birth to daughter Mimi the following year. Summer did various musical jobs in studios and theaters for several years, including the pop group FamilyTree from 1974-75.

After her divorce from Sommer, she married her second husband, American musician Bruce Sudano, in 1980. They have two daughters named Brooklyn and Amanda. Sudano was a member of the ’70s groups Alive N Kickin’ and The Brooklyn Dreams.


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  • tresfoufou

    RIP baby doll. God knows how she has rocked my world!

    5 Apr 5:42am Reply
  • st0larz

    divine diva!

    4 Apr 10:50am Reply
  • XDRory

    Ok so help, because I can't stop listening to "I Remember Yesterday" or its Reprise.

    31 Mar 7:04pm Reply
  • mantra21

    Donna, my heart with you.

    29 Mar 2:18pm Reply
  • marciocouto

    Donna... Diva!

    23 Mar 4:42pm Reply
  • halo_dm2

    Donna I was very sad in a club back in the days when your song "You're so beautiful" started to sound and suddely he looked at me... and we got lost in each other's eyes

    17 Mar 7:07pm Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    "Love Is In Control" can't not be in that top 15, surely... that bass synth is good enough to eat. Underrated album, too.

    9 Mar 2:25am Reply
  • CyberMusicLover

    Another Diva gone way too soon in life. She is sorely missed.

    8 Mar 8:07am Reply
  • nicksville

    MacArthur Park ♥

    8 Mar 4:33am Reply
  • discotequedude

    I reached 1,100 plays of Donna in my library with the 17 minute club length version of "Love to Love You Baby".

    4 Mar 5:08am Reply
  • discotequedude

    "Let There Be Peace" <3

    1 Mar 2:24am Reply
  • discotequedude

    Laidback Luke's remix of "MacArthur Park" is just amazing! [2]

    1 Mar 2:08am Reply
  • American30

    Русские поклонники вступайте в группу:

    25 Feb 12:42pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    вокальчик у нее так себе, а вот песне "I Feel Love" суждено жить в веках

    20 Feb 12:48pm Reply
  • nikkolla61

    первый раз услышал её в 1977 году. нравится певица.

    19 Feb 5:59am Reply
  • valera201030

    очень нравится эта песня!!!!!!!!

    12 Feb 1:17pm Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    I'm still in shock about Geffen not seeing anything in the I'm a Rainbow album. Even the unpolished version we have might be in her top two or three albums for me. It's the perfect mix of the sexy, slick dance feel of her earlier disco material and the deeper lyrical content of LPs like The Wanderer and parts of Bad Girls.

    11 Feb 11:38pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Bad Girls is a good album

    8 Feb 10:14pm Reply
  • groovez0ne

    The Top Five in NME's list of the greatest songs of all time is: 5: 'Last Nite', The Strokes 4: 'How Soon Is Now?', The Smiths 3: 'I Feel Love', Donna Summer 2: 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', Joy Division 1: 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Nirvana

    5 Feb 9:20pm Reply
  • heartbreakdown

    queen of disco ♥

    29 Jan 8:42pm Reply
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