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LaDonna Gaines was born in Boston, MA. on December 31st, 1948. She showed an early interest in music and started singing in her church choir at the age of eight years old. Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow. Since forming in 1966, the Crow had become a local sensation through its performances at the Psychedelic Supermarket, a venue where bands like Cream, the Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company made Boston tour stops. It was there that Janis Joplin made an indelible impression on the Crow’s lead singer, Donna Gaines. The Crow was singled out for its musical versatility, especially the ease by which the band’s frontwoman moved from one genre to the next. Donna Gaines later became known to the world as Donna Summer, The Queen of Disco, but her time in the Crow helped set a precedent in rock music. With a black female singer leading an interracial rock band, the Crow was a trailblazing forerunner.

In 1968 she joined a German adaptation of the musical Hair in Munich, where she spent several years living, acting, and singing. There she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and they went on to record influential disco hits together such as “Love to Love You Baby” and “I Feel Love”, marking Summer’s breakthrough into international music markets before returning to the United States in 1976. Moroder described Summer’s work on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music.

Summer amassed a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the Top 10. She claimed a top-40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top-ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top-ten hits (10 were top-five hits), more than any other act during that time period.  She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach the top of the US Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a 12-month period. She sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She won five Grammy Awards.

Summer died on May 17, 2012, from lung cancer, and in 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Billboard ranked her sixth on its list of the “Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists.”

 

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    Time: April 9 - 9:00:57 am
  • Bad Girls

    Donna Summer, “Our Love”

    from Bad Girls

    Island Def Jam - 2013

  • Time: April 9 - 9:06:38 am
  • My Guy

    Mary Wells, “Two Lovers”

    from My Guy

    Chacra Music Licensing courtesy of Big Fish Media, LLC - 2006

  • Time: April 9 - 9:09:03 am
  • Over the Rainbow

    Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, “Over the Rainbow”

    from Over the Rainbow

    Rhino Atlantic - 2005

  • Time: April 9 - 9:11:01 am
  • United

    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, “Two Can Have a Party”

    from United

    UNI/MOTOWN - 2014

  • Time: April 9 - 9:13:06 am
  • Wish Someone Would Care

    Irma Thomas, “Wish Someone Would Care”

    from Wish Someone Would Care

    Capitol Records - 2011

  • Time: April 9 - 9:15:54 am
  • Letter Full of Tears

    Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Come See About Me”

    from Letter Full of Tears

    Oldies.com - 2009

  • Time: April 9 - 9:18:12 am
  • The Boss (Expanded Edition)

    Diana Ross, “I Ain't Been Licked”

    from The Boss (Expanded Edition)

    Motown - 1979

  • Time: April 9 - 9:22:15 am
  • Shame Shame Shame

    Shirley & Company, “Shame, Shame, Shame”

    from Shame Shame Shame

    Sanctuary Records - 1975

  • Time: April 9 - 9:31:25 am
  • Box Of Pearls

    Janis Joplin, “Dear Landlord”

    from Box Of Pearls

    Columbia/Legacy - 1999

  • Time: April 9 - 9:33:42 am
  • Bad Girls

    Donna Summer, “My Baby Understands”

    from Bad Girls

    Island Def Jam - 2013

  • Time: April 9 - 9:37:24 am
  • Gold: Cream

    Cream, “Strange Brew”

    from Gold: Cream

    Polydor - 2005

  • Time: April 9 - 9:39:48 am
  • ...For the Whole World to See

    Death, “Keep On Knocking”

    from ...For the Whole World to See

    Drag City Records - 2009

  • Time: April 9 - 9:43:06 am
  • The Ultimate 5th Dimension

    The 5th Dimension, “Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In”

    from The Ultimate 5th Dimension

    Arista/Legacy - 2004

  • Time: April 9 - 9:47:58 am
  • I Will Survive: The Anthology

    Gloria Gaynor, “Honey Bee (Extended Version)”

    from I Will Survive: The Anthology

    Universal Records - 1998

  • Time: April 9 - 9:53:19 am
  • Break Out

    The Pointer Sisters, “Jump (For My Love)”

    from Break Out

    RCA Records Label - 1982

  • Time: April 9 - 10:02:26 am
  • Bad Girls (Deluxe Edition) [2003 Remaster]

    Donna Summer, “I Feel Love”

    from Bad Girls (Deluxe Edition) [2003 Remaster]

    Island Def Jam - 2003

  • Time: April 9 - 10:07:22 am
  • The Dub Master

    King Tubby, “King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown”

    from The Dub Master

    UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) - 2011

  • Time: April 9 - 10:10:19 am
  • Paradise

    Inner City, “Big Fun”

    from Paradise

    Virgin Catalogue - 1996

  • Time: April 9 - 10:13:21 am
  • After Service

    Yellow Magic Orchestra, “Rydeen”

    from After Service

    Sony Music Direct (Japan) Inc. - 1984

  • Time: April 9 - 10:17:33 am
  • Berlin Blondes (Expanded)

    Berlin Blondes, “Framework (12" Remix)”

    from Berlin Blondes (Expanded)

    Rhino - 2018

  • Time: April 9 - 10:21:19 am
  • Talk To La Bomb (UK Version)

    Brazilian Girls, “Don't Stop”

    from Talk To La Bomb (UK Version)

    The Verve Music Group - 2007

  • Time: April 9 - 10:24:38 am
  • Cats Without Claws

    Donna Summer, “Cats Without Claws”

    from Cats Without Claws

    Crimson - 1984

  • Time: April 9 - 10:28:55 am
  • Let Them Eat Bingo

    Beats International, “Dub Be Good to Me”

    from Let Them Eat Bingo

    Rhino/Elektra - 2004

  • Time: April 9 - 10:35:27 am
  • The Wanderer

    Donna Summer, “The Wanderer”

    from The Wanderer

    Crimson - 2014

  • Time: April 9 - 10:38:43 am
  • King of Ecstasy (His Greatest Hits Album)

    The Egyptian Lover, “You're So Fine”

    from King of Ecstasy (His Greatest Hits Album)

    Egyptian Empire Records - 1989

  • Time: April 9 - 10:44:08 am
  • Colour Girl (Deluxe)

    Colour Girl, “Joyrider (Remastered) [Y Tribe's Underground Full Length Club Remix]”

    from Colour Girl (Deluxe)

    4Liberty Records - 2020

  • Time: April 9 - 10:48:06 am
  • A Little Deeper

    Ms. Dynamite, “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee”

    from A Little Deeper

    Polydor Records - 2002

  • Time: April 9 - 10:51:14 am
  • Ninety

    808 State, “Magical Dream”

    from Ninety

    ZTT Records - 2008

  • Time: April 9 - 10:55:10 am
  • Joanne

    Lady Gaga, “Perfect Illusion”

    from Joanne

    Interscope - 2016

  • Time: April 9 - 10:57:42 am
  • The Wanderer

    Donna Summer, “Cold Love”

    from The Wanderer

    Crimson - 2014

    Cause and Effect    April 9th, 2022

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