Whether you liked disco music or not, you have to respect the music of Donna Summer. I sure did. I never liked dance or pop music too much, but I always liked her. Throughout the years of your life, I’m sure you would hear her hit song, “Hot Stuff”, pretty much every where you go. That song is everywhere, even to this day. You will still hear it on the radio. You would hear it in TV commercials, TV shows, and big screen movies. Donna Summer has been a huge inspiration for all of our lives, love her or dislike her. Even if you never bought her music and even you hate disco. Donna Summer will always be with you. It doesn’t matter what genre of music you mostly like to listen to, whether you mostly listen to rock n’ roll, metal, or country. Donna Summer will always be a part of you in some way. That is how powerful this artist really is. She influences everybody. In my eyes, she’s not just the Queen of Disco. She is the Queen of Music, all around.
Donna Summer, was born in and grew up in Boston, Mass. She has been singing ever since she was a little girl. Like most pop stars, she got her start performing in Church choirs. During high school, she performed in school musicals and she was considered popular. In high school, she was a bit of a trouble maker, though. She would go to parties instead of going home after school. Just before graduation, she left school, to be in a blues rock band called, Crow, in New York City. Then she moved to Munich, Germany to be part of musicals there for a while.
In the 1970’s, Donna Summer got her first record deal while singing back up vocals for the classic rock band, Three Dog Night. She released her first album, “Lady of the Night”, which was recorded in Germany. The album was not released in the U.S., but the song, “The Hostage”, got a strong following in Europe. The song was sent to Casablanca records, hoping for a U.S. release. The president of that label, Neil Bogart, said he would release the song if the song was a longer version so Summer recorded a 17 minute long version of the song, which the song titled was changed to, “Love to Love You Baby”. Donna Summer was then, signed to Casablanca Records. Her hit song, “Hot Stuff”, didn’t come out ’til late 1979, which the song is considered her anthem. The song was from her album, “Bad Girls”, which became her best selling album ever.
Over the years, Donna Summer continued to make music, release albums, and perform live. Donna Summer passed away of cancer, she was 63 years old.