“I started crying and everyone else started crying,” recalls Donna Summer in a biography by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While making her debut performance at church, Donna recalls knowing that she would be famous.
Although she is originally from Boston, Donna began her career in Munich, Germany in 1967. It was not until 1975 when she released “Love to Love You” that she became known in the United States.
In 1979 Donna had four Number One hits for her songs, “MacArthur Park,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and the Barbra Streisand duet “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”
Her career stayed successful when Donna teamed up with another 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Quincy Jones, to produce her self-titled album, Donna Summer, which included the Top 10 hit, “Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger).”
Proving herself as The Queen of Disco, Crayons, Donna’s first album of 17 original songs, came out in 2012 and included three songs which reached Number One on the U.S. dance chart.
Sadly, Donna succumbed to lung cancer and died on May 17, 2012.
Listen to some of Donna Summer’s music on our Rock and Roll Summer Playlist.