Thursday, May 17, 2012
In Memory: Donna Summer.
Donna Summer died Thursday after a battle with cancer,she was 63. She was often called the Queen of Disco, Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on Dec. 31, 1948, in Boston. She began singing early in the church choir and by her teens had formed several musical groups. Her sound was a mix of genres, and helped her earn many Grammy Awards. Her first album, "Lady of the Night," arrived in 1974 in Europe, and 1975's "Love to Love You Baby" brought her worldwide fame. In the 1978 disco film "Thank God it's Friday," her song "Last Dance" won Summer her first Grammy. Summer's soaring vocals on "She Works Hard for the Money" brought her a Best Pop Vocal Performance Award in 1984. Summer holds the record for most consecutive double albums to hit number one on the Billboard charts (three) and was the first female to have four number one singles in a 12-month period: three as a solo artist and one as a duo with Barbra Streisand. She released her last album, "Crayons," in 2008. She also performed on "American Idol" that year with its top female contestants.