LaDonna Adrian Gaines was born on New Years eve, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, to become the undisputed queen of disco credited with the sale of more than 130 million recordings worldwide starting in the mid 1970’s.
With more than a dozen gold singles to her credit, Donna Summer first topped the Hit Parade in 1976 with “Love To Love You Baby,” following in 1977 with “I Feel Love” and in 1978 “Last Dance,” and her disco version of a Richard Harris hit from ten years earlier, “Mac Arthur Park.”
Five more gold records, three of them #1 chart toppers selling more than a million each were earned in 1979 for “Heaven Knows,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” “Dim All The Lights” and with Barbra Streisand joining her for “No More Tears.” In the 80’s Donna Summer continued with million selling singles, “On The Radio,” “The Wanderer,” “Love Is In Control,” “She Works Hard For Her Money” and “This Time I Know It’s For Real.” She is credited as one of the top ten best selling female recording artists of all time,
Donna Summer died of lung cancer on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida at the age of 63. She was laid to rest at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.
She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the recipient of five Grammy Awards. Donna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame a year earlier in 2012.