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Donna Summer

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Source: Wikipedia

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), better known by her stage name, Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late-1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard album chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 140 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.

Fact file

  • Birth name: LaDonna Adrian Gaines
  • Also known as: Queen of Disco Donna Gaines
  • Born: December 31, 1948 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Died: May 17, 2012 (aged 63) Naples, Florida, U.S.
  • Genres: Pop disco dance rock new wave R&B funk gospel soul
  • Occupation(s): Singer songwriter painter
  • Instruments: Vocals
  • Years active: 1968–2012
  • Labels: Oasis Casablanca Geffen Atlantic Mercury WEA Epic Burgundy
  • Associated acts: Giorgio Moroder Brooklyn Dreams

Read more about Donna Summer at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Photographer Bruce Talamon captured black joy in the glory years of soul and funk. Now he's getting his due
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-12-06 12:00:00
During the '70s and '80s, the L.A. photographer documented Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin and others onstage, at home and in the studio.

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Variety, 2018-11-28 20:31:57
When one disco’s doors close, another disco’s doors open. That seemed to be the message from a dual alert from the producers of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” which simultaneously announced a Dec. 30 closing notice for the show on Broadway and the Sept. 30, 2019 beginning of a national ...

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Variety, 2018-11-21 17:45:16
Colman Domingo says he enjoys pursuing a wide range of projects. Between writing recent musicals about Donna Summer and Nat King Cole and starring in Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the multihyphenate must be having a hell of a time. How does the ...

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