Posted in dance | music on May 17, 2012

Donna Summer

Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines) was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and is a five-time Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a thirteen-month period. -[Wiki]
Donna Summer lost her long battle with cancer this morning, according to TMZ. She was 63 years old and is survived by her husband, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Donna Summer's megahits included songs like "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls,","Hot Stuff," "She Works Hard For The Money," and "Last Dance," many of which she recorded with legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder. Her singles still get tons of play today whether on dancefloors or at weddings around the world. Its a true testament to the timelessness of her work.

Donna Summers's last US tour was in 2008 to celebrate Crayons, her first set of new and original material since 1991.

RIP to an icon of disco and soul music. It's been a rough couple weeks for music. A few videos of Donna Summer's classic songs are below.

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"Love to Love You Baby"

Donna Summer - Thank God It's Friday clips

"I Feel Love"

"On the Radio"

"She Works Hard for the Money"

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Tags: Donna Summer, RIP

Comments (41)

Give me your unconditional love
The kind of love I deserve
The kind I want to return

RIP my sister

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:30 PM

First Janet Jackson and now Donna Summers. What is going on?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:32 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:34 PM

She worked hard for the money.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:35 PM

RIP Your music will play on radios for years to come.

"Love to Love You Baby" is possibly the sexiest song ever sung by anyone.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:40 PM

That and "I Feel Love" with Giorgio Moroder's assistance 12:40.

12:32 - Why are you mentioning Janet Jackson? Did you mean MICHAEL Jackson?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:46 PM

You take the monkey, I'll take the llama,
We'll have a party: get me a Pepsi -
Michael is Janet, Janet is Michael -
I'm so confused now -
Who is Diana?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:51 PM

I feel love.

The first electro song ever made. And still possibly the best.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 12:52 PM

For those who used to wail on about how "disco sucks", we present you....Donna Summer. Infectious grooves coupled with that sultry, mega-range voice...and, she was beautiful!!!

Posted by joshua sanders | May 17, 2012 12:57 PM

I never heard of her

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 1:03 PM

1:03 that is because you are a child. For those of us fortunate enough to have lived in a time of real music (both good and bad), she was a bright star. It was hard to live in New York in the 70s without being touched in some way by disco, and Donna Summer was the queen of disco.

Posted by the REAL d d D D PERIOD | May 17, 2012 1:09 PM

63 is too young. RIP Donna.. in related news when i heard her song "Hot Stuff" on the radio (ha ha) I always thought she said I am looking for some "pasta" baby tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 1:12 PM

As a 43 year old, Donna Summer was the dance soundtrack for all of my and others lives during our most formative years. How many of us made out for the first time with her on the radio? Lots.

She is in a better place now. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 1:14 PM

^ you an old fuck!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 1:47 PM

Fact:
The 17 minute long version of "love to love you baby" where she moans for like ten minutes is so hot that it has been known to melt the diamond stylus needle off of your turntable.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 1:49 PM

Her music was the constant soundtrack that played in the heads of many a gay man.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 1:51 PM

1:47, you're young and stupid, what's your point b!tchboy?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 1:53 PM

2012 is showing no mercy.

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 2:09 PM

saw her perform at Coney Island a few years back. It was fun.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 2:11 PM

music industry lost a hell of a singer!!!We r poorer from 2day. RIP my diva

Posted by george | May 17, 2012 2:18 PM

^^ yeah .. lot's of great musicians moving on this year. Get out there and enjoy some shows!

(or whatever else makes you happy in this short life)

Posted by Burg | May 17, 2012 2:19 PM

1:47 is jerking off to Skrillex hoping his mom doesn't walk in on him.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 2:30 PM

1:14 = one stressed out fuck too! LOL at all of the subsequent hate over a comment that was directed not at the dead but the living (OLD, but living)

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:00 PM

another damn legend is dead. wow. fuck this shit. RIP DIVA!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:04 PM

Whitney, Levon, MCA, Duck Dunn, now Donna Summer?

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:07 PM

"Whitney, Levon, MCA, Duck Dunn, now Donna Summer?"

Whitney was a crackhead and does not belong in that list.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:12 PM

My deepest condolences to beautiful Brooklyn Summer and the rest of her family.

Posted by ME | May 17, 2012 3:22 PM

"My deepest condolences to beautiful Brooklyn Summer and the rest of her family."

LOL does she have a sister Donna too?
By the way, LaDonna Adrian Gaines was born in Boston. Dicknose.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:25 PM

3:12
So you would also invalidate the deaths of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Janis Joplin, Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia, Danny Gatton, Lowell George and Rory Gallagher too? All drug users & abusers, all dead (most - like Whitney - from something other than direct overdose)?
You are one stupid mother fucker! Even by anonymous internet standards!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:35 PM

DUANE ALLMAN LIVES!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:39 PM

She was and is a beautiful soul. One day I will meet her, I am certain.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 3:56 PM

Whitney died doing drugs and was irrelevant for years. Crack is wack!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 4:20 PM

Fuck cancer sucks keeps taking the greats RIP

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 4:20 PM

Apparently, homophobes get a pass on BV.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 4:41 PM

RIP Ms. SUmmer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 5:09 PM

RIP. Donna Summer has made some great songs.

Posted by Mark Jacobs | May 17, 2012 5:38 PM

to donna family i am sorry for your loss i group up with d onnas music loved it she will truly missed loved

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 6:26 PM

Wow, pop stars are dropping off like flies of late. Who's next?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2012 9:48 PM

R.I.P

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 8:54 AM

Donna Summeh

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2012 10:26 AM

only 63 that is a little young to me. R.i.p. You were amazing.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 7:09 PM

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