LaDonna Adrian Gaines or more commonly know Donna Summer was a singer-songwriter who became the “Queen of Disco” in the 1970s with such hits as “Love to Love You Baby,” “I Feel Love“ and ”Last Dance.“ She was born on December 31, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Summer's debut performance came one Sunday when she was 10 years old, when a singer scheduled to perform at her church did not show up. The priest, who knew from her parents Summer's fondness for singing, invited her to perform instead–expecting, at the least, an amusing spectacle. But to everyone's surprise, the voice that bellowed out of Donna Summer's tiny body that Sunday morning was overwhelmingly powerful and beautiful.
In 1975, Summer co–wrote and recorded a demo version of a seductive disco track called “Love to Love You Baby,” initially intending it for another artist. Producers liked Summer's demo version so much that they decided to make it her song instead. The final version released in the United States, an unprecedented17 minutes long, featured Summer's tantalisingly soft vocals and sensual moaning–sounds so suggestive, in fact, that many radio stations initially refused to play the song. Nevertheless, the path–breaking disco track became an overnight sensation, skyrocketing to No. 2 on the U.S. singles chart and serving as the titular track of her second album. Building on the success of “Love to Love You Baby,” Summer released two albums in 1976: A Love Trilogy and Four Seasons of Love, both of which were enormous successes. In 1977, Summer released two more hit albums, I Remember Yesterday and Once Upon a Time, and in 1978 her single "Last Dance" from the soundtrack of Thank God It's Friday won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Over the following years Summer followed this success with a string of other hits, such as “I Feel Love“, “MacArthur Park”, “Heaven Knows”, “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls’, “Dim All the Lights”, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”, and “On the Radio”.
Donna unfortunately past away on May 17, 2012.