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Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines 31.12.1948 - 17.05.2012) Donna Summer was an American singer most famous during the seventies disco era.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of her death in 2012, Donna Summer had a net worth of 75 million USD. Donna Summer:

Childhood: Donna Summer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents were Andrew, a butcher, and Mary Gaines, a schoolteacher. Her first performance was at church aged 10 and she has said that from then on she knew she would be famous. She attended Boston's Jeremiah E. Burke High School and became quite popular and a bit of a troublemaker. Just before her graduation, she left to go to New York where she joined blues band Crow; they soon broke up.

Musical career: Donna Summer auditioned for a role in the musical 'Hair' and was sent to perform in Munich where she became fluent in German. After three years, she moved to Vienna in Austria, briefly touring with a band called FamilyTree. In 1968, Summer released her first single in German, 'Aquarius' from 'Hair', on Polydor records. In 1971, she released a cover of The Jaynetts' 'Sally Go 'Round the Roses' on Decca Records. In 1974, she signed with the European Groovy Records after they heard a demo of her work with producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. They released her debut album 'Lady of the Night' which was a hit in many countries. In 1975, she and Moroder released another song called 'Love To Love You Baby' through Casablanca Records. The song got a lot of airplay and a 17-minute version was also released to be played in discotheques. In 1976, it reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart but was surrounded by some controversy due to the fact that Donna made erotic moaning noises throughout the track. In 1977, she released album 'I Remember Yesterday' which included her UK number one single 'I Feel Love'. Her first US number one came with Jimmy Webb cover 'MacArthur Park'. It featured on her first live album 'Live and More' which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold over a million copies. In 1979, she performed at the televised Music for UNICEF Concert alongside the likes of ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, John Denver and Kris Kristofferson. Her next album 'Bad Girls' became her biggest success reaching number one in the US and Canada. Its title track and single 'Hot Stuff' were also number one successes, with the latter winning her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Summer's first compilation album 'On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II' was released in 1979 and also reached number one. In 1980, she signed with Geffen Records after deciding to move on from disco to a more rock sound. Her first album on the label 'The Wanderer' peaked at number 3 in the US. However, she was soon informed that she had to fulfil her contract and release another album with Polygram which she did in 1983 with 'She Works Hard for the Money' for which she was nominated for another Grammy. In 1985, she sang at the 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala for Ronald Reagan. Her next two albums, 'Cats Without Claws' and 'All Systems Go', and the later R&B album 'Mistaken Identity' failed to garner much success. In 1992, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also in that year she won the first ever Grammy in the dance category for her song 'Carry On'. In 1993, she signed with Mercury/Polygram and released festive album 'Christmas Spirit' in 1994. Ten years later she released her autobiography 'Ordinary Girl: The Journey' as well as another greatest hits album called 'The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer'. In 2004, she and her song 'I Feel Love' were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. In 2008, she released her album 'Crayons'. A year later she played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in honour of Barack Obama. In 2010, she released single 'To Paris With Love' which reached number one on the US Billboard Dance Chart and became her last charting single. Later that year she appeared alongside Prince Poppycock on 'America's Got Talent'. In 2011, she recorded a song called 'Angel' with her rapper nephew O'Mega Red. In 2012, she was announced to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after her death.

Personal Life: Donna Summer has previously dated Howard Hewett and Francesco Scavullo. She was married to actor Helmuth Sommer in 1973 with whom she had a daughter called Mimi. They divorced after she admitted to an affair with German artist Peter Mühldorfer but she kept his last name. She met her second husband Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano when she recorded her first live album and they married in 1980. She has two other daughters called Brooklyn and Amanda. In 1995, she moved from California to Nashville and re-took up her old hobby of painting. Her mother died in the same year and her father passed away in 2004. Summer was living in Manhattan at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and she has claimed that she had had a premonition before the tragedy took place. In the 1980s, she was accused of making homophobic comments about the AIDS virus claiming that it was immoral in the face of God. She later apologised and claimed it was a misunderstanding.

Death: Donna Summer died in 2012 in Florida aged 63 having been diagnosed with lung cancer which she claimed was caused by the toxic chemicals in the air after 9/11. Her funeral took place in Nashville on May 23rd and she was buried in Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Cemetery. It was a private ceremony for close family and friends only.



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The disco pioneer, who produced some of Donna Summer's biggest hits, is hoping to put his stamp on the stage by creating a new musical featuring his classic tracks, as well as some new numbers.

He tells BBC Radio 4's Front Row show, "(It) is in the style of disco, using about five of my songs and some new ones... I don't know the story yet. My friend Harald Kloser, a great producer who is currently doing Independence Day 2, is really an expert in writing scripts, directing and music. I think he's coming up with a great idea... The idea is to have it in the smaller theatres in America. The company which is investing has thousands of smaller theatres. Maybe someday we would head for Broadway but (it will be) smaller for now... We're not going to have big stars".

Other tracks Moroder is considering for the musical include Call Me by Blondie, and Berlin's Take My Breath Away.

Aretha Franklin Tackling Diva Hits On New Covers Album


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Soul queen Aretha Franklin is tackling hits by Adele, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer on a new album of diva covers.

The Respect legend has teamed up with label boss Clive Davis for the as-yet-untitled project, which will include Aretha's renditions of songs by powerful female singers.

The tracklist features Adele's Rolling in the Deep, Summer's Last Dance, People by Streisand, and Gladys Knight's Midnight Train to Georgia.

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Jennifer Hudson And Christina Aguilera To Salute Donna Summer At Hall Of Fame Gala


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Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera will salute late music legend Donna Summer at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction gala.

The singers will take to the stage to perform some of the disco era's biggest hits before inducting the diva, who lost her battle with cancer last year (May12).

Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins will also be on hand to induct Canadian rockers Rush, while Eagles legend Don Henley will honour Randy Newman, and John Mayer and Gary Clark, Jr. will induct guitarist Freddie King and cover some of the blues legend's classics.

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Prince To Be Honoured At Billboard Music Awards


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Prince will be honoured with an Icon Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

The ceremony is seen as one of the most prestigious in the world behind the Grammys, and it will honour the 'Purple Rain' pop star at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 19 May.

Prince, 54, will mark the occasion with a rare live televised performance on the show, which will be produced by Don Mischer.

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Kylie Minogue And Jason Donovan Reunite After 23 Years


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Kylie Minogue has thanked fans after being reunited with Jason Donovan.

The stars performed together for the first time in 23 years singing 'Especially For You' last night (21.12.12) and the 'Spinning Around' singer took to Twitter to speak of her excitement after the show.

She said: '''The entire audience sang along with us, thanks everyone. Amazing.''

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Public Enemy Take Hall Of Fame Inclusion 'very Seriously'


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Chuck D takes Public Enemy's inclusion in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame ''very seriously''.

The veteran rapper is pleased his group will become the fourth hip-hop band to be included in the legendary institution - based in Cleveland, US - and says he'd like for all of the people who have been involved in the group's career to be rewarded for their efforts.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: ''I'm very fortunate to be acknowledged by my peers.

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Brandy And Jordin Sparks Lead Whitney Houston Tribute


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Brandy Norwood and Jordin Sparks led a tribute to Whitney Houston last night (16.12.12).

The singers took the stage at the 'VH1 Divas' show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to pay homage to the late music icon, who died on February 11, aged 48.

R&B singer Brandy - who starred alongside the 'I Will Always Love You' hitmaker in Disney's 'Cinderella' in 1997 - began the tribute, telling the audience she had idolised Whitney growing up.

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Stars Perform Tributes To Whitney Houston And Donna Summer At Vh1 Divas Concert


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Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson were among the young stars who paid tribute to legendary late entertainers Whitney Houston and Donna Summer at the Vh1 Divas concert on Sunday (16Dec12).

Sparks, who co-starred alongside Houston in her last film, Sparkle, before her death in February (12), got on stage to perform a medley of the star's hits with Melanie Fiona and Ledisi, breathing new life into hits I'm Every Woman, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and How Will I Know.

Rowland then formed her own trio alongside Adam Lambert and Hilson to remember the work of Summer, who died in May (12). They performed I Feel Love, Bad Girls and She Works Hard For The Money.

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Donna Summer Inducted Into Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame


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Donna Summer is to be posthumously inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

The late disco diva will join Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman and Albert King in being placed in the world famous institution, based in Cleveland, US, in 2013.

Donna - responsible for hits including 'I Feel Love' and 'Love to Love You Baby' - passed away in May, aged 63, and had previously been shortlisted for inclusion five times.

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First Time Hall Of Fame Success For Canadian Rockers Rush


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It’s taken a while but at last, the work of those hard-lobbying Rush fans has paid off and the band have got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the very first year that they’ve found themselves on the ballot.

The Canadian rock band will be joined by fellow first-timers Public Enemy, The Star Tribune reports, as well as Heart, the late Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Albert King. There will also be two non-performing honorees, in the form of producer Quincy Jones and label executive Lou Adler.

It looks as though the fervent effort of Rush’s dedicated fans has finally charmed the Hall of Fame’s voting panel; so much so that they ushered them through on their first time onto the ballot. However, the fact that Rush have been included, whilst other hard rock heroes such as Kiss and Deep Purple are still left out in the cold will not have gone done well in many quarters. Rush also beat a number of artists who did make the ballot, who are considered to be influential artists in their own genre, including Kraftwerk, Chic and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

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The 'Queen Of Disco' Has Died Today At The Age Of 63.

Donna Summer and Walk Of Fame - Flowers, old newspapers and candlescreate small shrines at the Donna Summer Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Thursday 17th May 2012 The 'Queen of Disco' has died today at the age of 63.

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Attending The Donna Summer Concert At Hard Rock Live In The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Gloria Estefan and Donna Summer - Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan and daughter Emily Marie Hollywood, Florida - attending the Donna Summer concert at Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday 18th August 2010

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Performing At Hard Rock Live In The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Donna Summer Wednesday 18th August 2010 performing at Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida

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Barnstable Brown Party Celebrating The 135th Kentucky Derby At Barnstable Brown House

Donna Summer - Donna Summer and guest Louisville, Kentucky - Barnstable Brown Party Celebrating The 135th Kentucky Derby at Barnstable Brown House Friday 1st May 2009

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Leaving After Appearing As A Guest On CBS' 'Late Show With David Letterman'

Donna Summer, CBS and David Letterman Monday 2nd June 2008 leaving after appearing as a guest on CBS' 'Late Show with David Letterman' New York City, USA

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